Hege Høyer Leivestad
Hege Høyer Leivestad

Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 26 84
E-mail: hege.leivestad@socant.su.se
Room: B652

Hege Høyer Leivestad is Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and Visiting researcher at London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Master degree from University of Oslo (2007) and a PhD from Stockholm University (2015). Leivestad has mainly worked at the intersections of mobility studies and materiality/material culture. Her current research project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and deals with maritime logistics and economy in southern Spain. Leivestad’s previous research examined issues of homes and materiality through an ethnographic study of mobile dwellings and caravans in Europe. A monograph based on this work Caravans: Lives on Wheels in Contemporary Europe has been published by Bloomsbury Academic (2018). Leivestad has also been engaged in interdisciplinary research projects on environmental issues as well as on migration.

Academic interests

Mobility, Economic Anthropology, Logistics, Maritime Industries, Materiality/Material Culture, Homes/Housing


Leivestad’s ongoing research project Frontier Freight: Maritime Logistics at the Strait of Gibraltar examines the mobility of goods in a European maritime transport hub. Ports are critical nodes in a well-coordinated global trade system where 90% of commodities are transported by sea. Complex systems of logistics are created in order to move maritime freight as seamless and efficient as possible, but we know little about how logistical operations in ports actually work in practice. Examining maritime logistics ethnographically, that is in practice, offers a strategic lens for understanding how global mobility and capitalism are reconfigured in local contexts. The empirical focus of this project lies on the sociocultural context of maritime freight logistics at the Port of Algeciras Bay. This is one of Europe’s busiest and fastest growing commercial and passenger ports located at the Strait of Gibraltar, at the gateway between Europe and Africa. Frontier Freight is funded by the Swedish Research Council’s International Postdoc Grant (2018-2021).

Selected publications


  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. ‘Kinship on the Waterfront. Logistics Labour in a Global Port’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.


  • 2020 Leivestad, Hege Høyer. ‘The Hidden Lives of Mobile Dwellings: On Static Wheels and Classed Housing’, City & Society Forum https://doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12273
  • 2020    Leivestad, Hege Høyer and Erik Olsson. ‘A 20 Dollar Note: “Success Stories” of Swedish Business Actors with Iranian Origin’. Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 26 (2): 219-232 https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2019.1711049


  • Behtoui, Alireza and Hege H. Leivestad. "The “stranger” among Swedish “homo academicus”." Higher Education: 1-16.
  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. Caravans: Lives on Wheels in Contemporary Europe. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. “Caravan Cultures: Second Homes on Wheels”, in Routledge International Handbook on Second Homes, (eds) Michael Hall and Dieter Müller. London: Routledge.


  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. “Campsite Migrants: British Caravanners and Homemaking in Benidorm”, Nordic Journal of Migration Research 7 (3).
    In August 2018 chosen as best article published in the Nordic Journal of Migration Research during the two-year period between the Nordic Migration Research conferences.
  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer and Anette Nyqvist (eds). Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs: Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. “Beyond Informality: Intimacy and Commerce at the Caravanning Trade Fair”, in Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs: Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals, (eds) Hege Høyer Leivestad and Anette Nyqvist. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nyqvist, Anette, Hege Høyer Leivestad and Hans Tunestad. ”Individuals and Industries: Large-Scale Professional Gatherings as Ethnographic Fields”, in Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs: Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals, (eds) Hege Høyer Leivestad and Anette Nyqvist. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Leivestad, Hege Høyer. “Inventorying Mobility: Methodology on Wheels”, in Methodologies of Mobility: Ethnography and Experiment, (eds) Alice Elliot, Roger Norum and Noel Salazar. Oxford: Berghahn Books.



Research networks


Hege Høyer Leivestad has been interviewed in a range of Swedish and Norwegian newspapers, national radio and TV. A selection of media appearances is available on the Swedish website.

Information about past activities can be found in the Department’s previous Annual Reports.