Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne


  • A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, 3 sal

    2450 København SV



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Personal profile

Research profile

Coming from the field of anthropology and with a background as an advisor in the private sector my work as a researcher and teacher is driven by an ambition to work across, disciplines, to strenthen my analytical skills, and to inspire critical thinking through new learning initiatives:


what motivates me as a researcher is to understand the emergence of new economies and its spatial effects. This compels me to undersatnd questions of forced displacement, processes of resettlement, spatial governance - but also what it means for peoples’ plans and dreams. My most recent research expands into the field of digtialization and the emergency of alternative moneys. Regionally, I’ve done fieldwork in a number of locations including China, West Africa, Denmark, Malta, and Bosnia.

Another important motivation for my professional career is to employ my curiosity, knowledge, and ability to use qualitative methods creatively to change how we develop our cities and the built environment.


As a teacher and a supervisor I’m not only interested in what students should read and learn but particularly how they learn. I aim to innovate teaching by trying out new learning forms, continous feedback, collaborating with students, and the ambition to keep learning myself. I’ve developed new PBL initiatives and instigated collaborations between non-university stakeholders and learning environments in Aalborg University. 

External positions

advisor, Emergency Architecture and Human Rights

1 Feb 2016 → …


  • Sociology and Social Conditions
  • Displacement
  • Refugees
  • ethnography
  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • Urbanization
  • architecture
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Philosophy
  • Economic anthropology

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Research Output

BoB, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain: Anticipatory infrastructures of the cashless society

Ulfstjerne, M. A., Aug 2020, Who’s cashing in? Contemporary perspectives on new monies and global cashlessness. Berghahn Books, p. 89-104 15 p. (Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis, Vol. 19).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Flexible Shelters, Modular Meanings: The Lives and Afterlives of Danish ‘Refugee Villages’

Ulfstjerne, M. A., May 2020, Structures of Protection? rethinking refugee shelter. Scott-Smith, T. & Breeze, M. E. (eds.). Berghahn Books, p. 211-220

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Songs of the Pandemic

Ulfstjerne, M. A., Sep 2020, (In preparation) In : Anthropology in Action. 27, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


    Ulfstjerne, M. A., 17 Jul 2019, In : Allegra Lab.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearch

    Open Access


    • 2 Peer review of manuscripts
    • 2 Talks and presentations in private or public companies
    • 1 Conference organisation or participation
    • 1 Conference presentations

    Blockchain and Humanitarian Data Hoards in the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne (Lecturer)

    19 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Virtuel Valuta: oplæg i analyseenheden Toldstyrelsen

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne (Lecturer)

    19 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    American Ethnologist (Journal)

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne (Peer reviewer)

    Jan 2018Mar 2018

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    Os I Odsherred - En dialogaften om flygtninges integration

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne (Lecturer)

    2 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Tomme Bygninger, Civilsamfund og Integration

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne (Participant)

    12 Sep 2017

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Press / Media

    Drømmebutik Hørve

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Forsidehenvisning: Er vi danskere bange for ruiner?

    Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media