Power, Inequality, Racisms and Resistance

Why and in what ways is inequality created in working life? Why are radical right-wing and racist parties growing in Sweden and Europe? How is solidarity created between workers and why do trade unions find it difficult to represent workers with a foreign background? What is the connection between antifeminism, anti-environment and racism? My research focuses on power, inequality, resistance and social movements especially linked to discrimination, racism and racism, but also class and gender.

My research spans several different fields.

One is research on working life, recruitment and working life careers with a focus on ethnicity / racialization, class and gender. What creates and reproduces inequality - especially discrimination and what is the importance of social capital in working life?

Another field concerns political sociology with a focus on radical right-wing and racist movements and parties. How are new movements and parties in Europe creating new forms of political racism? Who participates in these parties and movements? Can women become active despite the antifeminist policies of these movements? Can people with a foreign background be included despite their racism, policies against migrants and immigration? What is the connection between antifeminism, anti-environment and racism?

A third field concerns collective organization - especially the intersection between class and ethnicity / racialization, but also gender. Here, my interest is especially directed at how migrant workers organize themselves collectively, especially in trade unions but also through migrant organizations. What visions do unions have for the future? How do they view representation? What are the worldviews of male union representatives with a Swedish background?

Fourthly, iIn Sweden of today the rhetoric of and on migrants has become the vernacular in which racialization and race is talked about. In this line I am doing research on issues concerning solidarities and deservingness focussing on migrants, migrant advocates and street level bureaucrats.

I am also involved in research on the Third World and the North-South relationship, based on political sociology and postcolonial perspectives. Here the linkage between global economic inequalities and global race formation is in focus.

Director of the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO)

I am the director of REMESO and responsible for the steering group for research. I am also active as a supervisor in the doctoral program and as a teacher at the undergraduate level.

Ongoing research projects

Here you can find the ongoing projects that I participate in


Social and cultural analysis (SKA BA)
International master's program in ethnicity and migration studies (EMS MA)
Postgraduate education and supervision in ethnicity and migration





Benjamin Opratko, Manuela Bojadzijev, Sanja M. Bojanic, Irena Fiket, Alexander Harder, Stefan Jonsson, Mirjana Necak, Anders Neergaard, Celina Ortega Soto, Gazela Pudar Drasko, Birgit Sauer, Kristina Stojanovic Cehajic (2021) Cultures of rejection in the Covid-19 crisis Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 44, p. 893-905 Continue to DOI