Research Staff

Heidi Mogstad

Post Doctoral Researcher

Social Anthropologist with a special interest in humanitarianism, war, ethics, and border politics

Heidi is a Post Doctoral Researcher for the 'War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience' research project funded by the European Research Council.

Heidi holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2021).
Her doctoral research followed the work of a Norwegian humanitarian organisation at home and abroad (in refugee camps in Greece) for 18 months and she is currently working on turning her PhD thesis into a book.

Heidi has a BA in Development Studies from the University of Oslo (2012) and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2013).

Before starting her doctoral degree in Cambridge, she pursued an MPhil in Justice and Transformation at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she also conducted research on structural poverty and gender-based violence in collaboration with Ndifuna Ukwazi and the Social Justice Coalition (2014-2016).  

Selected publications: 

2023. ‘From asylum seekers to kin: the making and effects of kinship between Norwegian citizens and migrants.’ with Thea Rabe.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 

2021. ‘Filling the gaps: Citizen humanitarianism in the context of crisis, abandonment and criminalisation’ in Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders (Eds. Pascucci, E. and Jumbert, M.G). Routledge Humanitarian Studies.

2018. ‘Decolonising anthropology: Reflections from Cambridge’ with Lee-Shan Tse. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 37(2): 53-72.