Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

Assistant Professor

Frederikskaj 10B

Building: C, 303A

2450 København SV


Phone: 9940 2853

Research profile

  • Migration
  • Refugees
  • Asylum politics
  • Border control
  • EU externalization of control to Maghreb, Sahel, Horn of Africa
  • Postcolonialism
  • Slave trade
  • Migration management

My research is interdisciplinary and ranges from political theory and applied ethics over critical geography, post and decolonialism to poststructuralism and genealogical studies. This all happens in migration studies, and more specifically in the sphere of European asylum policy and border control. One focus area is the externalization of this control to areas both internally in Europe/EU, such as Greece and Italy, and to Europe’s neighboring regions such as Turkey, Morocco and Libya. Regionally, my focus on externalization studies is thus the EU and its relations with the Maghreb, Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Linked to this is also a focus on how European and global security and military companies, banks and investment firms consider border control a growing export market. I look at the consequences that this has for both European policy development in the field of relief, development and asylum policies, as well as for transparency and democracy in the countries to which European actors export infrastructures of control. This also includes a focus on the root causes of displacement and their linkages, such as wars and conflicts, ethnic conflicts, land and water degradation in resource extraction, overfishing and import and export policies in local markets. Both the international political economy behind the original causes of displacement and the migration control regimes of the European countries lead to questions about the functions and dynamics of postcolonial capitalist policy, and thus my last main focus point: Continuities and ruptures in the development of Danish/European migration control and displacement policy from the triangular slave trade between European metropoles, the Gold Coast (today Ghana) and the West Indies (in the Danish case, current US Virgin Islands). Here I conduct historical studies of the geopolitical dynamics of the Danish/European colonial plantation economy, its instrumentalization and marketization of displacement from West Africa, the naval suppression of the Atlantic, East African and Indian Ocean slave trades, and the role of the sugar and cotton commodities industries in global import/export policy. On the more biopolitical level, I investigate control regimes in plantations, smuggling routes, and the rationalities of the Danish colony administration, including its philosophical reasoning, as well as various migration and border control policies towards maroons. Finally, at a political ecological level, I investigate. colonial administrators, slaves and maroons, understanding and relation to nature and local ecosystems, at a point in time, where the triangular trade and the labor of slaves facilitated Europe´s transition towards industrialization and the dependency of fossil fuels. At Global Refugee Studies i also teach in these issues at the two-year MA education.

Research (65)

Activities (11)

Most frequent journals

  • Politiken

    ISSNs: 0907-1814

    Politikens Forlag, Denmark


  • Raeson

    ISSNs: 1902-2255

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1602-7930

    Raeson Medier, Denmark


  • Information

    ISSNs: 1602-2572, 1602-2572

    Dagbladet Information, Denmark


  • Energy Policy

    ISSNs: 0301-4215

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-6777

    Pergamon Press, United Kingdom


  • Politik

    ISSNs: 1604-0058

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2446-0893

    Djøf Forlag, Denmark


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