Andersson, Ruben

Dr Ruben Andersson  


Position held

Postdoctoral research fellow


Postdoctoral research fellow


Experience keywords:

border control; borders; humanitarianism; irregular migration; political anthropology

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Ruben's PhD research at LSE investigated the phenomenon of irregular migration from West Africa towards southern Europe, in particular Spain. His current research project, 'The risk crucible: managing multiple insecurities in the western Sahel', is concerned with humanitarian intervention in post-conflict Mali and beyond.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Mali; Morocco; Senegal; Spain; West Africa; southern Europe


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Swedish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6600



Andersson, Ruben (2016) Here be dragons: mapping an ethnography of global danger Current Anthroplogy. ISSN 0011-3204

Andersson, Ruben (2016) Europe’s failed 'fight' against irregular migration: ethnographic notes on a counterproductive industry Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (7). 1055-1075. ISSN 1369-183X

Andersson, Ruben (2016) Hardwiring the frontier? The politics of security technology in Europe’s ‘fight against illegal migration’ Security Dialogue, 47 (1). 22-39. ISSN 0967-0106

Andersson, Ruben (2016) The global front against migration Anthropology of This Century (15). ISSN 2047-6345


Andersson, Ruben (2015) La olla a presión: cómo la seguridad fronteriza sigue aumentando el caos Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, 70 (2). 299-306. ISSN 0034-7981

Andersson, Ruben (2015) Border control is out of control Discovery Society, 17 (1 Feb 2015) blog

Andersson, Ruben and Weigand, Florian (2015) Intervention at risk: the vicious cycle of distance and danger in Mali and Afghanistan Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9 (4). 519-541. ISSN 1750-2977


Andersson, Ruben (2014) Illegality, inc: clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe California Series in Public Anthropology. University of California Press, Oakland, USA. ISBN 9780520282520

Andersson, Ruben (2014) A global front: thoughts on enforcement at the rich world’s borders In: Andersson, Ruben, (ed.) Illegality, Inc: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe. California Series in Public Anthropology. University of California Press, Oakland, CA, USA, (online appendix). ISBN 9780520282520

Andersson, Ruben (2014) Time and the migrant other: European border controls and the temporal economics of illegality American Anthropologist, 116 (4). 795-809. ISSN 0002-7294

Andersson, Ruben (2014) Hunter and prey: patrolling clandestine migration in the Euro-African borderlands Anthropological Quarterly, 87 (1). 118-149. ISSN 0003-5491


Andersson, Ruben (2012) A game of risk: boat migration and the business of bordering Europe Anthropology Today, 28 (6). 7-11. ISSN 1467-8322


Andersson, Ruben (2011) Frontex y la creación de la frontera euroafricana: Golpeando la valla ilusoria Revista de derecho Migratorio y Extranjería, 2011 (28). 177-191. ISSN 1695-3509


Andersson, Ruben (2010) Wild man at Europe’s gates: the crafting of clandestines in Spain’s Cayuco crisis Etnofoor, 22 (2). 31-49. ISSN 0921-5158


Andersson, Ruben (2005) The new frontiers of America Race and Class, 46 (3). 28-38. ISSN 0306-3968

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