By Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen, Head of Center for Displacement, Migration and Integration (MIX), Aalborg University
The current members are: Marlene Spanger (Associate Professor at the Department of Politics & Society and member of GRS), Magnus Andersen (Research Assistant at the Department of Politics & Society, and member of CARMA), Rasmus Lind Ravn (Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics & Society, and member of CARMA and FLOW), Anna Diop-Christensen (Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology & Social Work, and member of SocMap and FLOW) and Bjarke Refslund (Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology & Social Work, and member of WISER).
The five members research a range of issues. Marlene and Magnus are researching the intersection between labour, migration infrastructure and the digitalisation of labour with a focus on the so-called ‘last mile’ of the global supply chain within logistics. This has attracted a lot of attention in the Danish media with the cases of Wolt and Nemlig.com and how they challenge the Danish labour market model in novel ways that remain unexplored. Marlene is also a part of a Nordic research project, Law in Action, which investigates how the Nordic countries counter the exploitation of migrant workers, legally and politically.
On the other hand, Rasmus has published an article this year studying employer preferences towards the recruitment of refugees and is now conducting research in the municipality of Hjørring on how refugees experience coming to Denmark, having to participate in active labour market policies and having a case worker at the job center. He has also interviewed staff at the job center as well as employers who have hired refugees in order to gain insights into their perspectives on working with this target group. In addition to that, he is working with data from Statistics Denmark examining the factors associated with employment of people with a refugee background.
Anna is writing an article that investigates how female friendly institutions influence the labour supply of second generation migrants in Europe. Bjarke is working on a comparative project between Denmark, Germany and the UK which focuses on collective labour market strategies of migrant workers when encountering different injustices in the labour market.
Strengthening research and opening inter-disciplinary discussions and collaborations
The members of the labour subgroup see benefits in learning more about the work of their colleagues and getting multiple perspectives on the subject. In fact, the members of this MIX subgroup work with different theories and methodologies, and discussions among the researchers might open a path for discovering new angles that can be further explored.
In terms of the theoretical framework, Marlene and Magnus draw on the concept of mobility and the tradition of post-workerism. Rasmus applies the approach of street level bureaucracy and working alliance theory. Anna’s theoretical perspective takes an institutional and policy approach, while Bjarke’s project draws on different theories on worker collectivism and some inspiration from power resource theory.
Methodologically, Marlene and Magnus draw on qualitative methods such as discourse analysis, interviews and ethnographic fieldwork. Rasmus draws on qualitative data such as interviews and surveys as well as quantitative data such as statistics. Anna employs quantitative analysis of ESS data and Bjarke’s project draws on case studies based on interviews and ethnographic field studies.
Through networking and open discussions, the MIX labour subgroup members look forward to possible future collaborations and expanded research on labour migration and labour market integration. In their first meeting, the group will discuss the goals of the subgroup including the frequency and format of meetings. All who have an interest in labour issues are welcome to join. The place and date will be announced on the MIX website and in the MIX newsletter.
Do you want to join the subgroup or start a new?
MIX subgroups are open to all who wish to join and members are welcome to initiate new subgroups. Contact Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to join the MIX subgroup on labour or if you have an idea for a new subgroup.