Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

  • Frederikskaj 10B, C, 303A

    2450 København SV



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My work revolves around three general dimensions:.


Through my work on the European asylum, deportation and externalization politics, I seek to produce in-depth research about the public and private actors and national and economic interests influencing these areas. And through my work on the postcoloniality, I want to counter the pervasive tendencies of ahistoric depoliticization dominating Western thought on displacement and asylum practices. I therefore examine the ongoing ways in which colonial encounters, like the transatlantic slave trade and its suppression, are inextricably tied to Western modernity and humanitarianism, and thus also to current border politics.


2.Teaching and learning:

Through my teaching, I strive to create dynamic and interactive classes, combining lecturing with team-work and -exercises. I also make my ongoing research in forced migration and border control available for students to engage with analytically, so that they may independently acquire knowledge and skills through working with concrete developments, problems and potential solutions.


3.Dissemination and impact:

Through my dissemination of research to Danish, Nordic and European media outlets, I strive to continuously communicate important research discussions beyond a purely academic audience. The ambition is to impact both the general public, advocacy networks and policy-makers with updated and contextualized knowledge, that facilitate critical analyses and decisions in an otherwise highly politicized and polarized landscape.



  • Philosophy
  • refugees
  • refugee crisis
  • border control
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • EU policy analysis
  • migration
  • integration
  • eksternalisering
  • kolonialisme
  • fordrivelse
  • asylum politics
  • History
  • postcolonialism
  • race
  • racism
  • social hierarchies
  • slave trade
  • transatlantic slave trade
  • triangular trade
  • decoloniality
  • Danish West India
  • military intervention
  • humanitarianism
  • abolitionism
  • arms trade
  • Sociology and Social Conditions
  • privatized border control
  • military industry
  • security industry
  • IT industry
  • military export
  • arms export
  • displacemebt causes
  • refugee employment
  • refugees
  • border control
  • asylum politics
  • humanitarianism
  • development aid
  • military intervention

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Research Output

The political economy of entry governance

Lemberg-Pedersen, M., Hansen, J. R. & Joel Halpern, O., 1 Feb 2020, 116 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

Open Access
  • Border-induced displacement: The ethical and legal implications of distance-creation through externalization

    Moreno-Lax, V. & Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Questions of International Law. 56, 1, p. 5-33 29 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Danske medier bærer et medansvar når etniske udrensningsfantasier serveres i prime time – er det for sent at ændre kurs?

    Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 11 May 2019, POV international.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

    Open Access

    Manufacturing Displacement: Externalization and Postcoloniality in European Migration Control

    Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 5 Nov 2019, In : Global Affairs. 5, 3, p. 247-271 25 p., 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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    Akademisk Råd SAMF (External organisation)

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Member)

    1 Feb 20201 Feb 2024

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Postcoloniality and Extractivist Bioeconomies of Displacement

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Lecturer)

    11 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


    Johanne Rübner Hansen (Speaker), & Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Speaker)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Debat om fremtidens Europa

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Lecturer)

    23 Apr 2019

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

    Dokumentation og formidling af forskningens samfundsmæssige impact

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Participant)

    23 Apr 201925 Apr 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

    Press / Media

    Corona er konstateret i verdens største flygtningelejr, men har ramt færre end frygtet

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Flygtningelejre verden over venter på katastrofen

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Måske kan en ny flygtningekrise åbne for nyt asylsystem i EU

    Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media