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Maria Persdotter

Associate Professor

Senior lecturer at the Centre for Local Government Studies and the Division of Social Work. As a researcher, I focus mainly on issues at the intersection of migration- and social policy.  

The intersection of social policy and migration policy

My research mainly concerns the intersection of social policy and migration policy. I also have a keen interest in urban politics, and in feminist and critical race theory.

I am employed as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Culture and Society and split my time between the Centre for Local Government Studies and the Division of Social Work.

Currently, I am involved in a number of different research projects that all concerns inclusion and exclusion from the Swedish welfare state, homelessness and inequality.

My educational background is in human geography. I hold a double PhD degree in Urban studies from Malmö University (SE) and Roskilde University (DK). My PhD dissertation, Free to Move Along, was based on an in-depth qualitative study of the municipal-level governance of homeless Roma EU citizens during 2014-2016. The thesis is available here.


I teach in the undergraduate program in social work and supervise candidate and master students in social work. 




Maria Persdotter (2024) Book Review of Lidén, Gustav and Nyhlén, Jon 2022. Local Migration Policy: Governance Structures and Policy Output in Swedish Municipalities. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 320 pp. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 14, p. 1-4, Article 5 Continue to DOI


Maria Persdotter (2023) The Othering and Dispossession of Romania Roma - from Romania to Sweden Urban Matters
Maria Persdotter, Anna Lundberg, Annika Taghizadeh Larsson, Ulrika Wernesjö (2023) Rätten till en skälig levnadsnivå i förhandling De sociala rättigheternas politik: förhandlingar och spänningsfält, p. 85-102


Karin Åberg, Frederick Batzler, Maria Persdotter (2022) How urban law deflects rights claims: A case study of the eviction of a Roma squatter settlement in Malmö, Sweden Urban Politics of Human Rights, p. 141-162 Continue to DOI
Maria Persdotter, Andrea Iossa (2022) On legal geography as an analytical toolbox for EU legal studies European Law Open, Vol. 1, p. 126-130 Continue to DOI