Lena Näre


I am Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research. I joined the Discipline of Sociology in 2011 after having been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex. I hold a D.Phil in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Helsinki.

My research interests include sociology of work, globalisation, sociology of migration, gender studies, ethnic and racial studies, social theories and ethnographic methods. I am currently leading two research projects. Our on-going project is Migrant Youth Employment – Politics of Recognition and Boundaries of Belonging (RECOGNITION) funded by the University of Helsinki, Kone Foundation and Emil Aaltonen Foundation (2014-2017). Recognition involves Dr. Lotta Haikkola and Dr. Elina Paju as postdoctoral researchers and M.Soc.Sc. Daria Krivonos as doctoral candidate. In 2015 I will start working on another exciting research project Insecure Lives – Irregular Migration and Precarious Work in Finland (INSECURE) funded by the Academy of Finland (2015-2018) and involving Dr. Miika Tervonen as University researcher, doctoral candidate Jukka Könönen as postdoctoral researcher and M.Soc.Sc. Anastasia Diatlova as doctoral candidate.

My work has been published e.g. in Sociology, Men and Masculinities, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. I am the editor-in-chief of Nordic Journal of Migration Research.