Sara Kalm

Sara Kalm

Senior Lecturer

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Main research areas 

  • International migration
  • International institutions
  • Social movements

Current research

I have for a long time been fascinated by international migration, and have approached that subject from several perspectives. I am particularly interested in how migration challenges existing political practices – both nationally and internationally – as well as our basic political-theoretical concepts. At the moment I am starting up research in this area within two different research contexts. One project explores the Right to citizenship, empirically as well as normatively, with particular focus on the consequences of international migration. In the STANCE research programme, I will study how migration controls evolved in many countries during ”the long 19th century” and how they were debated in various international forums.

Another research interest of mine concerns international institutions of different kinds. Over the past few years I have studied the role of social movements in this context, at both European and international levels. Within the research programmes TRANSDEMOS  and EUROCIV I investigate both the strategies of influence social movements employ, and how relations of cooperation as well as competition and conflict arise when these actors appear at arenas outside of the traditional nation state. 


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