The Integration of the European Second Generation – TIES
Professor Charles Westin

The international research-project TIES investigates children (so-called second generation) of migrants from eight European countries, with the intonation from immigrants from Turkey, former Yugoslavia, Morocco and Greece. In TIES the economic, social, educational and identity aspects of this generation is investigated through survey-studies and interviews. Focus is especially centred around the long-term consequences between the large-scale workforce immigration in 1960’s. The Swedish part targets the Turkish category and is mainly conducted by MA Constanza Vera-Larrucea (Researchers: Ali Osman, Alireza Behtoui, Constanza Vera-Larrucea, Ebba Hedlund).


Islamic fashion: The emergence of Islam as a social force in Europe
Professor Annika Rabo, research assistents Degla Salim och Leila Karin Österlind

This research proposal speaks to the larger issue of the presence of Islam as a social force in Europe. Focusing on young Muslim women’s embodied practices and performances, it traces the conditions under which Islamic fashion has emerged in the European public sphere, investigates the various ways in which the tensions between Islam and fashion are negotiated, and analyzes the effects of such emerging embodied practices of young Muslim women on the presence of Islam as a social force in Europe.


Improving Access to and Quality of Reproductive and Child Health Care to Marginal Peoples: Bedouin in Lebanon and Syria
Professor Annika Rabo

This study aims to:

  • assess the current health status, health seeking behaviour and practices of marginal pastoral peoples in relation to reproductive and child health
  • assess the scope of current health care delivery and the views of stakeholders-policy makers, health personnel and Bedouin themselves about it
  • develop in partnership with local providers, model interventions to improve access to and quality of reproductive and child health care
  • evaluate and disseminate the interventions locally, nationally and regionally


Family and family law among transnational Syrians
Professor Annika Rabo

The aim of this project is to contribute to the theoretical and methodological development of a comparative study on family and family law in a transnational perspective by using Syrians as a case. Families are central and universal institutions, but there is no simple and universal definition of a ‘family’. Family law, widely defined to mean systematic norms and rules to regulate rights and obligations within the family and towards society at large, is found everywhere, but the character of family law, and its relation to ‘families’ is extremely varied and complex. Today, with transnational migration - where people are able to maintain significant social, economic and cultural relations in two, or more, nation-states - this complexity increases.


Debating family law and legal reform in multicultural and multireligious Syria
Professor Annika Rabo

In this project is debates about family law and legal reform among Syrian lawyers are followed and analysed in order to assess the role of this important professional group in processes of political change. Controversies surrounding legal pluralism in family law is one entry to these debates. The project also aims to promote regional collaborative research on family law reform.


A Feminist Sustainable development-Towards a social urbanism aimed by Politics of Emotion, Intersectionality and Feminist Alliances
PhD Juan Velasquez


Women’s Influence in the Local Democracy Processes
PhD Juan Velasquez

The overall aim of the research project is to increase women’s influence in their neighbourhoods through developing local democracy processes that will strengthen existing women networks and grassroots groups. The research project has two aims: on the one hand to explore the implementation of participatory planning in one multicultural community in order to find new ways for increasing communication between planners, local women’s networks and organisation working for local participation; to explore participatory research as a method for exchanging knowledge and that make possible women’s influence in deciding the research agenda. The project investigates how one municipal district becomes administered and researched and how women take place in these tasks. The project expects cooperation with a similar projects in other countries in order to advance a further analysis of an already emerging “suburban/marginal feminism”.


Exploring urban violence(s): A Study on Space, Power and Social Sustainability
Doc Irene Molina, prof Diana Mulinari, PhD Carina Listerborn, PhD Juan Velasquez

A city fragmented by segregation, violence, fear and social inequality is a city condemned to collapse. Socio-cultural integration is a key issue in the consecution of urban sustainable development. In Sweden, reports are showing increasing levels of racialized and gendered forms of assault and harassment in city areas. This project aims to develop an innovative theoretical framework for the study of violence as both discourse and praxis around which multiple identities are both created and contested, as well as their role in producing and reproducing social, gender and racial fragmentations of urban space. One further motivation is the lack of systematic consideration of such issues in the study of and politics towards social sustainability. The project will be operationalized through four case studies that aim to explore: 1) Violence and racism (Ass.Prof. Diana Mulinari, Lund University), 2) Violence and gendered fear (Dr. Carina Listerborn, Lund University), 3) The fires in the (local) housing state (Dr. Juan Velasquez, Stockholm University, see further below), and 4) Neighbourhood Watch (Ass.Prof. Irene Molina, Uppsala University.), Swedish flags and satellite dishes as racialized social boundaries. The four case studies will be located in the big cities of Malmö and Stockholm, with special focus on spaces of exclusion, spaces of privilege and spaces of encounter. The project aims to combine qualitative methodologies (participant observation, in depth-interviews, text and discourse analysis) with quantitative interventions (survey in collaboration with SCB). The results will be published in both academic articles and in popular science forms.