Ph.d.-studerende – Københavns Universitet

Institut for Antropologi > Ansatte > Ph.d.-studerende

Andrea Verdasco

Andrea Verdasco


Medlem af:

    Aktuel forskning

    Growing up in limbo? Understanding the identity and sense of belonging of unaccompanied young refugees in Europe: the case of Denmark

    In my PhD research I explore the everyday lives of young refugees who arrive in Denmark as ‘unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors’. I explore how they shape and negotiate their identity and sense of belonging in the years of transition, before, upon and after reaching 18. For some, when coming of age, their asylum case may still be pending, and this waiting may last for months if not years, others are granted asylum and are moved into the municipalities to start the ‘integration process’, whilst others, after being rejected, continue their journey. I follow them through the different stages within the asylum and refugee system, and in turn examine how asylum ascribed and age-related categories affect their sense of self. I aim to understand, and challenge, the use of a multiplicity of categories and the political identities linked to these. By taking Denmark as my case study I explore how the enactment of policy shapes young migrants environments and how they (re) negotiate their place and identity. 

    I conducted fieldwork for 12 months between January 2015 and August 2016 in Denmark.

    The project is supervised by Karen Fog Olwig, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

    I am currently a visiting PhD affiliated at the University of New South Wales based in Sydney, Australia.

    Primære forskningsområder

    Regional specialization and experience: Denmark, Mozambique, Tanzania.

    Thematic specialization: Migration, refugees, asylum-seekers, childhood and youth, identity, sense of belonging, Denmark, Scandinavia.

    Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

    Ethnographic Approaches to Migration Issues in Scandinavia, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (Course Lecturer)

    The Anthropology of Migration, Introductory Course, Fall 2015 and Fall 2016, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (Guest Lecturer on Refugeehood)

    Inequality and Economic Growth, Spring 2016, Masters in Global Development, University of Copenhagen (Seminar tutor)

    ID: 122957981