• Universitetsvej 1, 02

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personal profile


Research areas

  • Urban migration studies
  • Urban citizenship
  • Cultural politics of alterity and belonging
  • Urban politics of difference 
  • Home, place and migration
  • Diasporic mobilities & diasporic cities
  • State, population-making and immigrant integration              
  • Qualitative methodologies


  • Ph.D., Geography (2011), University of Minnesota, USA
  • M.A., Geography (2005), University of Minnesota, USA
  • Magister (Mgr)/M.A., Political Science (2001, continuous BA/MA program), Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia


Trained as a geographer, I work interdisciplinarily within, and increasingly across migration and urban studies. My intellectual curiosity has always been dominated by the question of the relation between alterity and belonging.

This overarching interest has led me over the years to examine different ways and areas in and through which this relationship gets constructed, experienced or is governed, especially in Germany and in Denmark. My earlier research, focused on Germany and former eastern Berlin Marzahn in particular, examined local landscapes of belonging, migrant understanding of role of work in integration, urban encounters across difference, changing politics of citizenship and nationness, and insiderness in migration research.

More recent research has focused on the Danish context where I have examined privileged migrant bloggers’s translations of Copenhagen and Danishness, scalar politics in accommodation of religious difference in Denmark, negotation of minority and national temporalities in the city, and Danish Jewry’s (post)diasporic mobility. Most recently I was involved in an international collaborative project examining urban migrant service providers’ coping with covid19 in Copenhagen, Berlin and Tel Aviv.

I find editorial work particularly rewarding, both in terms of edited volumes and special issues, having covered topics such the role that "diversity" plays governance in post-multiculturalist era, national-urban lens in migration studies, migration industries' city-making, and currently of pandemic urban citizenship.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Everyday Landscapes of Immigrant Integration in Post-Socialist Berlin: Integration Projects, Othering and Meanings of Work, University of Minnesota

… → 2011

Award Date: 28 Feb 2011

MA, 2 M.A. projects: 1. “Mixed” Gay Bars: Beyond Strategic Essentialism, 2. Between Transnationalism and Citizenship: Cambodian Immigrants in Rural Minnesota , University of Minnesota

… → 2005

Award Date: 31 Jan 2005

Magister (BA+MA), Comenius university in Bratislava

… → 2001

Award Date: 5 Jun 2001


  • Geography, Geology, Topography
  • urban migration studies
  • citizenship
  • city
  • integration
  • Physical planning, Urban studies
  • Urban life
  • urban encounters
  • Urban Diversity
  • Urban and planning theory

Publication network

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