Visiting Research Fellow
Lisa Åkesson is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Gothenburg and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden. Her present research focuses on North–South migration, in particular the new Portuguese labour migration to the former colony of Angola. The main objective is to explore how this new form of mobility informs identities and power relations. The project departs from integration theory and postcolonial theory, but aims to move beyond these approaches.
Her previous research projects have been focused on transnational migration, and she has principally explored how labour migration affects those left behind in sending societies. Through themes such as remittances, conjugal relationships, child care and return migration she has examined relationships between ‘stayers’ and migrated family members in Europe and the US. Critical analysis of international policy on migration and development is also an area of her expertise. In addition, she has analysed the globalised everyday life of migrants living in Sweden. Much of her empirical research has revolved around Cape Verdean migration and diaspora. As an anthropologist she has worked extensively with participant observation and she has gradually deepened her understanding of what it means to live in a family and in a nation that is globally dispersed.
She has published in various journals, including Ethnos, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Global Networks, International Migration, Etnográfica and Cahiers d’Études Africains. In addition she has co-edited three books on transnational migration.