0 Niina Vuolajärvi
Dr Niina Vuolajärvi

Dr Niina Vuolajärvi

Assistant Professor in International Migration

European Institute

Room No
CBG 7.06
Connect with me

English, Finnish, Swedish
Key Expertise
Migration, Sex Work & Trafficking, Law & Policy, Feminist Studies

About me

Dr. Niina Vuolajärvi is an Assistant Professor in International Migration at the European Institute. Her interdisciplinary research is situated in the fields of migration, feminist and socio-legal studies. Niina received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2021. Prior to joining the LSE, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the New School Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility.

Niina's projects have investigated migrant sex work, prostitution and migration policies, post-deportation experiences, and race and colonial legacies in Europe. Currently, she is working on her first book “Sex Work, Migration and the ‘Nordic Model’” which examines a feminist-inspired prostitution and anti-trafficking policy approach and its intersections with immigration controls from the perspective of sex workers. This work is based on a vast three-country ethnographic research in the Nordic region (Sweden, Norway, Finland) where the policy approach originates. Niina's scholarship has been supported by the Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies and the Fulbright Foundation and recognized by the Law and Society Association and the American Sociological Association.

Expertise Details

Migration and Border Studies; Sex Work & Critical Trafficking Research; Law & Policy; Feminist Studies; Ethnography & Qualitative Methods