WHO I AM
I am a researcher, lecturer and consultant with a Ph D degree in Anthropology from Gothenburg University, Sweden. From autumn 2017-2019 I am a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University Ithaca, NY, USA. I'm also affiliated with Department of International Relations, Tribhuwan
University, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Research areas of interest:
The grey zone between trafficking/ smuggling/ migration
Migration (for sex work/ prostitution) and the return process
Gender and agency
Humanitarianism and anti-trafficking interventions
Gendered labour migration control/ policies and their consequences
Brokerage and the migration industry
Masculinities, love, intimacy, sexualities and purchase of sex
Honour related discrimination
South Asia - Nepal and India, Asia, the Gulf countries, Sweden
Experience of research and anthropological fieldwork in different projects in South Asia, mainly in Nepal and India but also in the United Arab Emirate since the late 1990s related to trafficking, smuggling, migration, the migration industry, sex work/ prostitution, gender and agency and masculinities. Experience of fieldwork also in Sweden.
Besides the common anthropological fieldwork methods such as participant observation, informal conversations and interviews, photography has been an important part of the fieldwork and the collection of data and material during the different fieldwork periods. Some of the photographic material together with recordings are currently being prepared for two photo projects/ essays.
Lecturer, course coordinator and supervisor in courses such as Socialanthropology, Trafficking, Gender and Sexuality across Cultures, Culture and sexuality in modern Swedish society, Asia rising, Globalizing Asia, Experience of teaching and supervising students in an international context such as Nepal where Nepali master students have been involved in and supervised in my research projects.
Consulting assignments mainly in regard to trafficking/ migration and gender.
Give public lectures.