Henrik Andersen
  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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I am a doctoral researcher with several years of practical professional NGO experience within the fields of human rights and humanitarian assistance to refugees and IDPs. I also worked on conflict analysis and conflict-sensitive programming - all in and around the Middle East region.

In my doctoral research, I explore state-society relations in the Iraqi context using methods from anthropology and ethnography of the state, the concept of sovereignty, and broader political sociology. As a practically-minded academic, this project involves extensive on-the-ground fieldwork and partnerships locally. 

My primary area-focus has been Iraq, but I also have experience related to Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, and some knowledge about broader processes in political history of the wider MENA region. However, as I am now in a global studies department, I am much looking forward to expanding my research areas and interests.

My other areas of interest include: history, food history, organised crime groups, militias, politics, political economy, scarcity and climate change and their role in conflict and migration.

Education/Academic qualification

Arabic with Middle Eastern Societies, BA & MA, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Near and Middle Eastern Studies, MA, SOAS, University of London


  • Economics, Politics
  • Middle East
  • Iraq
  • Levantine Region
  • NGO's / Non-governmental organizations
  • Development aid
  • Prisons
  • State-society relations
  • State Building
  • Political and Violent Conflict
  • Middle Eastern Food, Water, and Agriculture
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Organised Crime Groups
  • History, Society