Talented researcher receives European PhD award

Assistant Professor Kristina Bakkær Simonsen wins dissertation award for her PhD dissertation on immigrants and integration.

Kristina Bakkær Simonsen at the award ceremony
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On Friday 28 June, Kristina Bakkær Simonsen, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, received the ‘Maria Ioannis Baganha Distinguished Dissertation Award 2019’ at the IMISCOE conference in Malmö, Sweden.

IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the field of migration and integration. The purpose of the dissertation award is to stimulate and recognise excellent PhD research in the field.

Kristina Bakkær Simonsen received the award for her PhD dissertation from 2017 entitled “Do They Belong? Host National Boundary Drawing and Immigrants’ Identificational Integration”.

Empirically, the dissertation sheds light on the types of boundaries that matter for immigrants’ sense of belonging. In particular, it shows that immigrants are affected by the informal boundaries drawn by host populations and in political rhetoric but not by the formal boundaries drawn through citizenship policy.


- Further information on the dissertation and the award is available at the website of IMISCOE.

- Further information on Kristina Bakkær Simonsen’s research is available here.

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