Emy Lindberg

PhD student at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology; Employees

Visiting address:
Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Postal address:
Box 631
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Emy Lindberg is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University. Her research focuses on football migration between Ghana and Sweden. She has undertaken fieldwork in both Ghana and Sweden, following and tracking the employment trajectories of Ghanaian footballers. In addition, she has mapped the transnational, formal and informal networks that surround the players in order to understand the broader dynamics at play and the impact of his/her journey.

Keywords: sweden west africa family and kinship studies ethnography migration masculinities sports ghana football labor migration aspiration dreams

Emy Lindberg did her master in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Her dissertation explored why youth choose to fight and she focussed on and compared the cases of the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. After graduating, she continued to focus on youth and conflict and was employed as a researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala for a year. She published two reports: one on the conflict in Mali (2012-2013) and one that explored the history of the development of the Liberian labor market. Other tasks included arranging conferences, co-writing policy notes etcetera. Together with her supervisor Mats Utas, she wrote a research proposal on labor migration among West African youth, which subsequently was funded by the National Research Council. In between all of this, she has taken time off for two parental leaves. In her thesis project, she researches football migration to Sweden among Ghanaian youth. This project is funded by the National Research Council, Uppsala University and through scholarships from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG), Anna Maria Lundins stipendiefond, Helge Axon Johnssons stiftelse and Göransson-Sandvikens forskarstipendium.

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Emy Lindberg