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)207 955 7434



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. ISSN 1750-2977

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


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) 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) 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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