Nina Gren

Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD Social Anthropology

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Anthropology
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations



Main research and teaching areas:

  • Anthropology of Migration
  • Political Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Methods

Current research

My research interests are mainly in the anthropology of migration, with a special focus on refugees and diasporic practices. I am also interested in social memory, gender and home in relation to violent political conflict and flight. My most recent research focuses on the encounters between newly arrived Palestinian refugees and staff at the Swedish Public Employment Service. I am particularly interested in how the refugees’ experiences of violence are dealt with in those meetings and in the moral issues and bureaucratic tactics that emerge.

I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Gothenburg. My doctoral thesis from 2009 builds on a one-year ethnographic fieldwork in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. In short, the thesis dealt with the many ways that the camp inhabitants tried to maintain continuity, morality and a normal order despite repeated emergencies during the second intifada. I have also done research about Danes and Swedes with Palestinian backgrounds and their diasporic practices, while being a post doc at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. In addition, I have carried out fieldwork in UN-run schools for Palestinian refugee children, focusing on processes of gendered identity formations. I have also worked as a researcher and teacher at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University.

I have experience of teaching, supervising and examining undergraduate as well as graduate students of Social Anthropology and of interdisciplinary courses such as Global Studies, Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies.


Slippery Suffering? A comparative ethnography of the encounter between survivors of war and the Scandinavian welfare states, research project financed by NOS-HS (2014-2015) and a collaboration between anthropologists in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The project deals with suffering and acknowledgment in encounters between refugees from the Middle East and representatives of Scandinavian welfare states.

Cultivating Swedish-ness? Urban gardening and social inclusion among refugees (2017-2019)


Research environment

Family, Migration and Welfare (FAMIV)
Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB), European Association of Social Anthropologists
Swedish-Danish network on the study of social relations in the Middle East


Palestinian occupied territories
Refugees in Sweden

Recent research outputs

Nina Gren, 2019 May 15.

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Nina Gren, 2018 Oct 15,

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