I am currently undertaking a three year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project entitled: “Trust and Solidarity in Scandinavia: Immigration and Narratives of Bounded Communities”. Trust and solidarity is believed to flourish only in bounded communities of citizens, making immigrants potential threats to egalitarian societies. Yet similar welfare states have responded in radically different ways to immigration. This project will scrutinise this “progressive dilemma”, conducting a comparative study of the ways in which
narratives of bounded communities and welfare in Sweden, Denmark and Norway relate to immigration policy. It will employ experimental methods drawing on insights from the cognitive sciences to investigate how those narratives influence behavioural trust and solidarity. It will contribute to the under-researched question of whether progressiveness is compatible with openness.
My research also concerns normative issues on immigration, refugees and asylum. In particular, my research aims at scrutinising the relationship between rights to collective self-determination, on the one hand, and the rights of refugees and migrants, on the other hand.
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