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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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Projects 2009 2022

Research Output 2010 2020

The political economy of entry governance

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

Research output: Book/ReportReportResearchpeer-review

Open Access
political economy

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
third countries
human rights

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
23 Downloads (Pure)

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

International Politics

Shadow report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Lemberg-Pedersen, M., Clante Bendixen, M., Bozka, M., Therese, C. & Mosekilde, A-M., 25 Mar 2019, MOVE (Migration, Obstacles, Violence and Equality). 18 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissioned

Open Access


Aalborg University Faculty of Social Science Talent Programme for Younger Researchers

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Recipient), 1 Sep 2018

Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

Activities 2010 2020

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

Rapport: Kommercielle interesser påvirker EU's grænsepolitik

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Migranterne strømmer til spansk ferieparadis

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


5 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Debat: Er S-løftet dansk politiks svar på Nigeria-brevet?

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Europa kritiseres for sit store fokus på grænsekontrol

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen


4 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media