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Andrea Spehar

Senior lecturer

Andrea Spehar
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 1192

Room number: B430
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Andrea Spehar


Andrea Spehar is associate professor in political science and director of Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Current research

Her fields of interest comprise migration and gender policy development in Europe. Her work has appeared, among others, in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative European Politics, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Eastern European Politics & Societies and International Feminist Journal of Politics.

She is currently working on the following research projects:

Refugee Migration and Cities: Social Institutions, Political Governance and Integration in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden (SIPGI) (2019-2025).
This project asks how urban municipalities address forced migration, considering how it not only changes the social composition of neighborhoods but also influences norms and behaviors within them. This project provides an infrastructure for collaboration between international scholars with expertise in migration studies, political science, and anthropology in Sweden and the Middle East. Using innovative methods including large N surveys, elite interviews, urban ethnography, and experiments using virtual reality 360-video technology, this project investigates and analyzes the nexus between political and social institutions in shaping processes of integration and fills a critical gap in migration studies. Hosted at the
Centre on Global Migration (C GM), School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg (UG), it consolidates collaboration with the Program on Governance and Local Development (UG), the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul. The project is project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Citizen and democracy education for newly arrived adult migrants? A policy ethnographic study of Civic Orientation in three urban municipalities in Sweden (2019-2023).
The aim of this policy ethnographic project is to study the program ‘Civic Orientation for newly arrived adult migrants’, which was introduced in 2010. The research focuses on how this program is interpreted, understood and organized locally in three urban municipalities in Sweden. Civic orientation aims to facilitate integration and includes conveying ‘Swedish’ values. Empirically, the project fills a knowledge gap about what happens in the actual educational practices, how actors interact and communicate and how policy is implemented. The project will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team, which includes a multilingualism scholar, a political scientist, a sociologist and an educational researcher. The civic orientation will be studied at three different societal levels: a policy and organizational level, an institutional education level and a participants' individual level with stories of experiences from the program. Several methods will be used: text analysis, observation, recording and interviews. Theoretically, the project will contribute, in addition to combining a discursive narrative approach and new institutionalism theory, to intersectional perspectives on migration and integration, with special focus on ethnicity, gender and religion. Dialogue seminars with the organizers of Civic Orientation will be organized for exchange of experiences and presentation of results. The project is project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

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Ideology and Entry Policy: Why Center-Right Parties in Sweden Support Open Door Migration Policies
Andrea Spehar, Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Jonas Hinnfors
The discourses and politics of migration in Europe / [edited by] Umut Korkut, Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Aidan McGarry, Jonas Hinnfors, Helen Drake, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

At the crossroads: Why do certain groups of migrants from Central and Eastern-European (CEE) countries face barriers to integration in Sweden?
Andrea Spehar, Jonas Hinnfors, Gregg Bucken-Knapp
Presented at the Council of European Studies, 20th Annual Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam, The Nethrlands, 25-27, June 2013., Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution


Swimming against the tide: Why Sweden Support Open Door Labour Migration Policies in Sweden and within the EU
Linda Berg, Andrea Spehar
19th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Boston, 22-24 March 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Swedish exceptionalism? Understanding the Integration Policy Preferences of Mainstream Swedish Political Parties
Andrea Spehar, Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Jonas Hinnfors
PSA Specialist groups, Immigrants in Europe: Between the Eurozone Crisis and the Arab Spring”, University of Westminster, London, 9 November 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

No Nordic Model: Understanding Differences in the Labour Migration Policy Preferences of Mainstream Finnish and Swedish Political Parties
Jonas Hinnfors, Andrea Spehar, Gregg Bucken-Knapp
ECPR, Sixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, Tammerfors, 13-15 sept 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Multilevel governance of migration policies in Sweden
Linda Berg, Andrea Spehar
IMESCOE general conference “Managing migrant integration in a multilevel context: challenges in Europe and North America, Amsterdam, 29 August 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

No Nordic Model: Understanding Differences in the Labour Migration Policy Preferences of Mainstream Finnish and Swedish Political Parties
Jonas Hinnfors, Andrea Spehar, Gregg Bucken-Knapp
“Political Parties and Migration Policy Puzzles. The European Scene”, Göteborg, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

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