About me


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

Medical anthropology


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.