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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 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Andrea Spehar


Andrea Spehar is senior lecturer in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and researcher at the university’s Centre for European Research (CERGU).

Current research

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

She is currently working on the following research projects:

1) IMAGINATION - Urban Implications and Governance of CEE Migration in Europe. The project focuses on migration from the new member states of the European Union in Central and Eastern-European (CEE) countries and its implications for urban regions in Western Europe and Turkey. "(2013-16) / Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative (Swedish funding provided by Formas). Website: www.project-imagination.eu

2) “Local governance and gender policy implementation in the Western Balkans” (2014-16). The project aims at providing new knowledge towards understanding hindering and enabling mechanisms regarding gender policy implementation at the local level in the Western Balkans. The funding is provided by the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD).

3) "Local Welcome Policies: EU Migrants" (2015-2016). The aim of the project is to map the existing policies and practices for the integration of mobile EU citizens in six European cities (Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg and Gothenburg), and to assist these cities in developing appropriate forms of best practice. Currently, many European cities lack explicit policies for coping with the urban implications of mobile EU citizens across a range of policy areas: housing, labour market and educational access, welfare provision, discrimination, social and political organization, and civic integration. The project is funded by Directorate General Justice, European Commission.


Andreas's teaching mainly concerns the European Union, post-communist transition, gender equality policy, social policy, migration as well as thesis supervision and examination of bachelor and master students.

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The eye of the beholder: Narrating crisis in the ongoing Swedish labor migration policy debate
Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Andrea Spehar, Jonas Hinnfors
Korkut, U., Buchen-Knapp, G., Cox, R.H., Mahndran, K. (Eds.). Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and the Public Sphere, London, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Welcoming policies for EU migrants in different European cities: the cases of Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Gothenburg and Hamburg
Alexandra Bousiou, Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Andrea Spehar
Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Comparative European Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation November 19-20, 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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