Institutional placement

  • MIM, Malmö University 


  • Brigitte Suter
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The TRANSMIG - Transnational Practices in Migration research group was founded in collaboration between Stockholm University (CEIFO/Department of Anthropology) and The Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC), Manchester University, and joined by The University of Helsinki (CEREN/Swedish School of Social Science) and Malmö University (MIM). In 2009-11 it has been placed at CEIFO, Stockholm University and led by Prof. Erik Olsson. Since 2012 it is placed at MIM, Malmö University, where it was led by Prof. Maja Povrzanović Frykman in 2012-2018. Dr. Brigitte Suter, researcher at MIM, coordinates the group from July 2018. 


The TRANSMIG Research Group

  • provides a platform for discussing and learning from empirical research on transnational migration;
  • generates new knowledge and perspectives in migration studies;
  • initiates and realizes publications falling under the main headings of Transnational Practices in Migration.

The central scientific aim is to promote a transnational perspective in migration research and deal with the methodological challenges posed by research on institutionalized and grassroots practices that transgress national borders. The workshops arranged by TRANSMIG bring together scholars engaged in research of transnational practices.

The Group’s long-term aim is to continue publishing the TRANSMIG workshops-based articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as to generally support the members’ publications and research applications by making use of intra-group peer-reviewing.

An important long-term aim is also to facilitate meetings of researchers at different stages of their careers and offer collegial help of senior and distinguished scholars to early stage researchers. The participation of PhD students is thus especially encouraged in all TRANSMIG activities.

The members specifically interested in highly skilled migrants will pursue the networking that started at the occasion of the TRANSMIG workshop at the 13th IMISCOE conference in Prague (, in ‘Highly skilled migrants’ network placed at MIM, Malmö University, and coordinated by Maja Povrzanović Frykman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


  • Maren BORKERT (School of Economics and Management, Technical University Berlin)

  • Kathy BURRELL (School of Environmental Sciences, Geography, University of Liverpool)

  • Nina GLICK SCHILLER (Prof. emerita, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester UK; University of New Hampshire, US; Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle; 2014; Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of Aalborg, DK)

  • Charlotta HEDBERG (Dept. of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University)

  • Kristýna JANUROVÁ (Peychlová) (Charles University)

  • Ingrid JERVE RAMSØY (MIM, Malmö University)

  • Russell KING (Dept. of Geography and Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex)

  • Nauja KLEIST (Danish Institute for International Studies – DIIS, Copenhagen)

  • Joëlle MORET (Laboratory for Transnational Studies, University of Neuchâtel)

  • Katarina MOZETIČ (Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo)

  • Erik OLSSON (Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University)

  • Maja POVRZANOVIĆ FRYKMAN (MIM/GPS, Malmö University)

  • Annika RABO (Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University)

  • Marta ROSALES (Institute of Social Sciences - ICS, University of Lisbon)

  • Ann RUNFORS (Södertörn University)

  • Paolo RUSPINI (Geneva School of Social Science, University of Geneva; Honorary Research Fellow, Dept. of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton)

  • Louise RYAN (Dept. of Sociological Studies, Co-Director of the Migration Research Group, University of Sheffield)

  • Sanna SAKSELA-BERGHOLM (The Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki)

  • Brigitte SUTER (MIM, Malmö University)

  • Östen WAHLBECK (The Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki)



Transnational migration: disciplinary impacts (convened by M. Povrzanović Frykman & I. Jerve Ramsøy), Malmö, Jan 29-30, 2015


Social class in transnational space: Transnationalising social inequalities (TRANSMIG Panel 1) (convenors: J. Moret & A. Andrikopoulos, discussant: N. Van Hear), 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Barcelona, 2-4 July 2018

Social class in transnational space: Mobility, social class and gender (TRANSMIG Panel 2) (convenors: J. Moret & A. Andrikopoulos, discussant: E. Kofman), 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Barcelona, 2-4 July 2018

Place Matters: The experiences of highly skilled migrants in particular local contexts (convenors: L. Ryan & M. Povrzanović Frykman), 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Barcelona, 2-4 July 2018

Transnationality as a resource for local social inclusions (TRANSMIG panel) (convenor: M. Povrzanović Frykman), 14th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Rotterdam, June 30 – July 2, 2017

Highly skilled migrants: a future research agenda (convenor: M. Povrzanović Frykman), 13th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Prague, June 30 – July 2, 2016

Materialised remittances and objects of aid: exploring sent and received things in times of crisis and hardship (convenors: M. Povrzanović Frykman & K. Burrell), 12th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Geneva, June 25-27, 2015.

Transmig: everyday experiences of crisis in transnational and diasporic contexts (convenor: E. Olsson), 10th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Malmö, Aug 26-27, 2013

Transnational perspective in current PhD projects (convenor: M. Povrzanović Frykman), 10thIMISCOE Annual Conference, Malmö, Aug 26-27, 2013

Mobility practices within transnational migration (convenor: E. Olsson), 9th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Aug 28-29, 2012

The transnational life of objects: migrants’ material practices and their representations in museums (convenor: M. Povrzanović Frykman), 9th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Aug 28-29, 2012

Transnationalism and diasporas in a Nordic context (convenor: Ö. Wahlbeck), 16th Nordic Migration Research Conference, Turku, Aug 13-15, 2012

TRANSMIG workshop (convenor: M. Povrzanović Frykman), Malmö, Dec 5-6, 2011

TRANSMIG workshop (convenor: E. Olsson), Stockholm, May 11, 2011 (convened by E. Olsson)

TRANSMIG workshop (convenor: E. Olsson) with three sessions: (i) Materiality, Space, and Power – Emerging Perspectives Beyond the National and Ethnic Lens of Migration Studies; (ii) State, policy and markets in a Transnational World; (iii) Kinship, Gender, and Generation in Disparate Transnational Spaces), Stockholm, Nov 4-5, 2010



Special issue ed. by N. Glick Schiller & M. Povrzanović Frykman, ‘Transnational paradigm in current Nordic migration research: revisiting relations of unequal power’, Nordic Journal of Migration Research vol. 8(4), 2018 (to be published in December 2018).


Book ed. by R. King, M. Povrzanović Frykman & J. Vullnetari, Migration, transnationalism and development in South-East Europe and the Black Sea Region, New York and London: Routledge, 2017.


Special issue ed. by E. Olsson & R. King, ‘Diasporic return’, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 17(3), 2008 (published in 2014).


Special issue ed. by R. King, M. Povrzanović Frykman & J. Vullnetari, ‘Migration, transnationalism and development in South-East Europe and the Black Sea region’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 13(2), 2013.


Special issue ed. by E. Olsson & F. Farahani, ‘Gender, kin and generation in transnational spaces’, Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2(2), 2012.


BOOKS (selection)

Çağlar, A. & Nina Glick Schiller, N. (2018) Migrants & city-making. Dispossession, displacement, and urban regeneration. Duke.

Glick Schiller, N. & A. Irving (eds.) (2015) Whose cosmopolitanism? Critical perspectives, relationalities and discontent. Berghahn.

Kleist, N. & D. Thorsen (eds.) (2016) Hope and uncertainty in contemporary African migration.  Routledge.

Olsson, E. 2018. Guiden till Spaniensverige: Diaspora, integration och transnationalitet bland svenska föreningar i södra Spanien. Stockholm University Press.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. & M. Öhlander (eds.) (2018) Högutbildade migranter
i Sverige. Arkiv.

Richter, M, Ruspini, P, Mihailov, D, Mintchev, V. & M. Nollert (eds.) (2017) Migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria. Springer.

Ryan, L., U. Erel & A. D’Angelo (2015) Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities, Strategies. Palgrave.

Suter, B. & Magnusson, M. (eds.) (2015) Resettled and connected? The role of social networks in the integration process of resettled refugees. Malmö University.

SPECIAL ISSUES (selection) 

Glick Schiller, N. & G. Schmidt (2016) ‘Seeing place and power’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(1).

Glick Schiller, N., S. Reyna & J. Eckert Schiller (2016) ‘Positioning theory: a relaunch of the journal Anthropological Theory’, Anthropological Theory 16(2-3).

Kleist, N. & Jansen, S. (eds.) (2016) ‘Hope over time: crisis, immobility and future-making’, History of Anthropology, 27(4).

Olsson, E & K. O’Reilly (2017), ‘Liquids and sediments: Practices of Community in the Context of Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism’, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 7(3).

Ryan, L. & M.B. Erdal (eds.) (2018) Themed section ‘Gendered, spatial and temporal approaches to Polish intra-European migration’, Gender Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 25(6).


Axelsson, L. & Hedberg, C. (2018) Emerging topologies of transnational employment: ‘Posting’ Thai workers in Sweden’s wild berry industry beyond regulatory reach, Geoforum, 89, 1-10. 

Burrell, K. (2017). The recalcitrance of distance: exploring the infrastructures of sending in migrants’ lives. Mobilities, 12(6), 813-826.

Glick Schiller, N. (2016) “Positioning theory: an introduction”, Anthropological Theory 16(2-3), 133-145.

Glick Schiller, N. (2016) “The question of solidarity and society”, Comparative Migration Studies 4:6.

Glick Schiller, N. (2016) “Envisioning place: urban sociabilities within time, space and multiscalar power”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(1).

Glick Schiller, N. (2015) “Explanatory frameworks in transnational migration studies: the missing multi-scalar global perspective”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 8(13), 2275-2282.

Glick Schiller, N. & Caglar, A. (2016) “Displacement, emplacement and migrant newcomers: rethinking urban sociabilities within multiscalar power”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(1).

Hedberg, C. (2016) “‘Doing gender’ in the wild berry industry: transforming the role of Thai women in rural Sweden 1980–2012”, European Journal of Women's Studies, 23(2), 169-184.

Janurová, K. (2018) “The unbearable lightness of moving: Czech migrants making a home (or not) in the UK”, Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 54(3), 315-341.

Moret, J. (2017) “Mobility capital: Somali migrants’ trajectories of (im)mobilities and the negotiation of social inequalities across borders”, Geoforum, online first, doi:

Moret, J. (2016) “Cross-border mobility, transnationality and ethnicity as resources: a study on European Somalis’ post-migration mobility practices”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(9), 1455-1472.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2016) “Conceptualising continuity: a material culture perspective on transnational social fields”, Ethnologia Fennica 2016, 43, 43–56. Available from:

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2016) “Cosmopolitanism in situ: conjoining local and universal concerns in a Malmö neighbourhood”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(1), 35-50.

Ryan, L. (2018) “Differentiated embedding: Polish migrants in London negotiating belonging over time”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(2), 233-251.

Ryan, L. M., & D’Angelo, A. (2018) “Changing times: migrants’ social network analysis and the challenges of longitudinal research”. Social Networks, 53, 148-158.

Ryan L., Rodriguez, M.L. & Trevena, P. (2016) “Opportunities and challenges of unplanned follow-up interviews: experiences with Polish migrants in London”. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung 17.

von Koppenfels, A.K., Mulholland, J. & Ryan, L. (2015) ‘Gotta go visit family’: reconsidering the relationship between tourism and transnationalism. Population, Space and Place, 21, 612-624.  

Ryan L., Von Koppenfels, A.K. & Mulholland, J. (2015) “'The distance between us': a comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants”. Global Networks, 15, 198-216. 

Ryan L. (2015) “‘Inside’ and ‘outside’ of what or where? Researching migration through multi-positionalities”. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 16.

Ryan L. (2015) “Friendship-making: exploring network formations through the narratives of Irish highly qualified migrants in Britain”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41, 1664-1683.

Runfors, A. (2016) “What an ethnic lens can conceal: the emergence of a racialized identity position among young descendants of migrants in Sweden”, Journal of Ethnic and Migrations Studies, 42(11), 1846-1863.

Ruspini, P, Richter, M. & M. Nollert (2016) “Between return and circulation: experiences of Bulgarian migrants”, Economic Studies, XXV(5), Special Issue, 7-20.

Saksela-Bergholm, S. (2018). “Liens contraignants et interdépendants entre la Finlande et les Philippines: les transferts réciproques au sein des familles philippines transnationales”. Migrations Société. Dossier: Philippines et Philippins en migration 2(172): 119-132.

Suter, B. (2017) “The logics of transit: the anticipation of onward mobility and its consequences for social and economic relations in Istanbul”, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, 3(2-3).

Suter, B. (2017) “The condition of being in transit: decision making, vulnerabilities and long-term implications for integration”, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, 3(2-3).

Suter, B. (2016) “Migration and the formation of transnational economic networks between Africa and Turkey: the socio-economic establishment of migrants in situ and in mobility”, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, pp. 1-14. DOI:

Wahlbeck, Ö. (2015) “The Finnish and Swedish migration dynamics and transnational social spaces” Mobilities, 10(1), 100-118. 

BOOK CHAPTERS (selection)

Glick Schiller, N. (2015) “Transnationality: transnationality and the city” (reprint), in Nonini, D. (ed.), A companion to urban anthropology, Blackwell.

Glick Schiller, N. (2015) “Diasporic cosmopolitanism: migrants, sociabilities and city-making”, in Glick Schiller, N. & Irving, A. (eds.), Whose cosmopolitanism? Critical perspectives, relationalities and discontents, 103-120. Berghahn.

Jerve Ramsøy, I. (2017) “Transacting care transnationally: remittances and agency within global care chains”, in Nowicka, M. & Šerbedžija, V. (eds.). Migration and social remittances in a global Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.

Kleist, N. (2015) “Pushing development – a case study of highly skilled male return migration to Ghana”, in L. Åkesson & M. Eriksson Baaz (eds.), Africa's return migrants: the new developers?, 64-86. Zed Books.

Kleist, N. (2015) “Policy spectacles: promoting migration-development scenarios in Ghana, in D. Vigneswaran & J. Quirk (eds.), Mobility makes states, 125-146. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. & Mozetič, K. (2018) “Vikten av vänner. Utländska läkare berättar om livet i Sverige”, in M. Povrzanović Frykman & M. Öhlander (eds.)., Högutbildade migranter
i Sverige, 171-182. Arkiv.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2017) “Food as a matter of being: experiential continuity in transnational lives”, in M. Abranches & D. Mata-Codesal (eds.), Food parcels in international migration: intimate connections, 25–46. Palgrave Macmillan.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2016) “Sensitive objects of humanitarian aid: corporeal memories and affective continuities”, in J. Frykman & M. Povrzanović Frykman (eds.), Sensitive objects: affect and material culture, 79–104. Nordic Academic Press. (E-book: )

Ruspini, P., Mihailov, D. & M. Richter (2017) “Analysis and conclusions: research and policy challenges ahead”, in M. Richter, P. Ruspini, D. Mihailov, V. Mintchev & M. Nollert (eds.), Migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria, 181-195. Springer.

Richter, M. & P. Ruspini (2017) “An introduction to migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria”, in M. Richter, P. Ruspini, D. Mihailov, V. Mintchev & M. Nollert (eds.) Migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria, 1-24. Springer.

Mihailov, D, Richter, M. & P. Ruspini (2017) “Social networks and transnational migration practices” in M. Richter, P. Ruspini, D. Mihailov, V. Mintchev & M. Nollert (eds.), Migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria, 153-180. Springer.

Mintchev, V., Boshnakov, V., Richter, M. & P. Ruspini (2017) “Determinants of migration and types of migration and mobility”, in M. Richter, P. Ruspini, D. Mihailov, V. Mintchev & M. Nollert (eds.), Migration and transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria, 25-60. Springer.

Suter, B. (2015) “Introduction”, in B. Suter & K. Magnusson (eds.), Resettled and connected? The role of social networks in the integration process of resettled refugees. Malmö University.

Suter, B. with K. Magnusson (2015) “Before and after – new perspectives on resettled refugees’ integration process in Sweden”, in B. Suter & K. Magnusson (eds.), Resettled and connected? The role of social networks in the integration process of resettled refugees. Malmö University.

Suter, B., with M. Qvist & S. Ahlstedt (2015) “Migration – sovereignty, borders and control”, in M. Dahlstedt & A. Neergaard (eds.) International migration and ethnic relations: critical perspectives. Routledge.

TRANSMIG members’ research projects (selection)

Axelsson, L. & Hedberg, C. (2018-20) Agents of migration: a comparative study of migration intermediaries in three labour market sectors. Funded by Swedish Research Council.

Burrell, K. (2016-18) Co-Investigator, Doing family across borders: a comparative study of work, family and welfare strategies among Polish migrants in Norway, Sweden, and the UK. Funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Burrell, K. (2015-17) Co-Investigator, Bringing the aesthetics in: migrants’ relationships with urban space in Toxteth. Funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant.

Hedberg, C. (2014-20) Grapes of wrath? Global labour mobility in the wild berry industry affecting rural development in Sweden and Thailand. Funded by Formas Research Council.

Hedberg, C. (2017-22) in Malmberg, B. et al., Migrant trajectories: geographical mobility, family careers, employment, education, and social insurance in Sweden, 1990-2016. Funded by Forte.

Janurová (Peychlová), K. (2014-16) Influence of the extent of integration into the host society on the civic engagement and political participation of Czech post-1989 migrants in the transnational context of the EU. PhD project. Funded by Grant Agency of Charles University (project no. 138214).

Jerve Ramsøy, I. (2013-17) Power relations and (im)mobility: affective practices of reproductive labor and transnational migration. PhD project. Funded by MUSA/MIM, Malmö University.

Kleist, N. (2012-15) Coordinator and principal researcher, New Geographies of Hope and despair: the social effects of migration management for West African migrants - research programme. Funded by the Danish Research Council for Independent Research – Humanities.

Kleist, N. (2012-15) Involuntary return to Ghana. Research project, part of the research programme New geographies of hope and despair (see above).

Moret, J. (2014-16) Cross-border marriages under conditions of transnationalization and politicization. A case study in Switzerland. Project leader: J. Dahinden. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Moret, J. (2008-2015) From migration to mobility capital: European Somalis’ cross-border movements and the transnational circulation of resources. PhD project. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation 2008-2012.

Olsson, E. (2011-15) Swedish coordinator, Constructions of home and belonging – CoHaB, ITN network (Swedish partner). Funded by EU.

Olsson, E. (2015-19) Pathways to success: the upcoming elite among descendants of migrants in Sweden. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2015-18) Cooperation partner on behalf of MIM, Malmö University: BASED - BAltischeStandards für die Erstintegration junger qualifizierter Drittstaatsangehöriger. Funded by AMIF, German Federal Office for Refugees and Migration.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2016-17) Co-Investigator, Exploring integration as emplaced practice. Project leader: M-L. Magnussen. Funded by RFFAGDER (project no. 257623, Agderforskning).

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2015-16) Principal Investigator, Work-life balance and well-being among highly skilled migrants within the health sector in Agder. Funded by RFFAGDER (project no. 245514, Agderforskning).

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2015) Principal Investigator, The well-being of highly skilled migrants: the case of international physicians balancing work and migrant life in Skåne. Funded by Migrationens utmaningar programme.

Povrzanović Frykman, M. (2011-14) The transnational life of objects: material practices of migrants’ being and belonging. Funded by The Swedish Research Council.

Rosales, M. (2012-15) Principal Investigator, Atlantic crossings: materiality, contemporary movements and policies of belonging. Funded by FCT: PTDC/CS/ANT/119803/2010.

Ruspini, P. (2016-2020) Coordinator for Switzerland, SAREP - Study abroad research in European perspective. COST Action CA15130 funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), led by the University College Cork, Ireland.

Ryan, L. (2017-2021) Grant programme Sustainable Care, work package (with Dr Majella Kilkey) “Ageing in and out of place”, that looks at ageing and intergenerational care among migrants and their transnational families. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Saksela-Bergholm, S. (2016-18) ‘Bridge-builders of social protection. Recreation of social (in) equality through Filipino Migrants’ social support strategies’. Part of Transnationalism as a social resource among diaspora communities’ (2016-2020), project leader: Ö. Wahlbeck. Funded by Academy of Finland.

Suter, B. (2016-19) Skilled migration to globalising China: an ethnographic study on migrants' incorporation, transnationality and national identity in Shanghai. Marie Curie COFAS Fellowship.

Suter, B. (2013- 15) Lead researcher, Resettled Burmese and Somali refugees in Sweden. Funded by the European Refugee Fund.

Wahlbeck, Ö. (2016-20) Transnationalism as a social resource among diaspora communities. Funded by Academy of Finland (no 295417).