Roskilde University’s primary objective is to contribute to experimental, innovative forms of research, learning and problem-solving that contribute to society's development. RUC was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge.
The Department of Social Sciences and Business (ISE) is one of four institutes at Roskilde University. ISE specializes in interdisciplinary research and teaching within the areas of international development, public administration, social sciences, global studies and international studies. Its research focuses on societal changes, business economics and the impact of such developments on different societies around the world. It aims at generating novel scientific insights into the on-going societal changes, confrontations and conflicts. ISE teaching is closely related to its research activities it attaches high importance to methodological skills and is characterised by its multidisciplinary nature.
Professor Michelle Pace is Professor with special responsibilities in EU-MENA affairs at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, School of Government and Society, College of Social Sciences, UK. She has published widely on European Union – Mediterranean / Middle East and North Africa affairs including her piece published in the journal Political Psychology (11.12.2017) entitled ‘Trauma, Emotions and Memory in World Politics: The Case of the European Union's Foreign Policy in the Middle East Conflict’ (with Ali Bilgic). She also works in the area of migration studies where she has been Principal Investigator on a large FACE (http://face-programme.dk/index.html) grant project on Syrian refugee minors in Denmark and Lebanon and is now the Danish partner lead on the H2020 EU project SIRIUS (Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets). Her edited volume (with Somdeep Sen) on Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe: Integrating the Young and Exiled was published by Routledge in March 2018. She is currently working on a book chapter (also with Somdeep Sen) entitled: ‘They are not like us’: The Danish Labor Market and the ‘othering’ of refugees for a book proposal on Refugees Encountering Northern European Welfare States – The Construction of Crisis and the Bureaucratization of Everyday Life to be guest edited by Dalia Abdelhady, Nina Gren and Martin Joormann and submitted to Indiana University Press. Also with Somdeep Sen she is finalizing a manuscript on state-building in the West Bank and the theatrical machinery surrounding the idea of a Palestinian state. This work is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Liv Bjerre is research assistant at Roskilde University, Department of Social Sciences and Business and PhD student at Humboldt University in Berlin and WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She holds a MSc in Sociology from University of Copenhagen. Her dissertation is on the effects of immigration policy on the flow and stock of asylum seekers and irregular immigrants, and her research interests include migration government as a whole as well as integration of immigrants.
Dr Somdeep Sen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark. His postdoc research focuses on the politics of spatial planning in the West Bank and Jerusalem. This project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Somdeep is also part of an EU H2020 project SIRIUS focusing on skills and integration of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in European labour markets. His doctoral research focused on the politics of Hamas as a resistance and government in the Gaza Strip. Somdeep was also co-investigator of a Carlsberg Foundation funded project on “The Struggle of State-Building in Palestine: Exploring “State-less”-Society Relations in the West Bank”. He has conducted fieldwork in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, India, Bangladesh and South Korea. Somdeep’s work has been published in Middle East Critique, Arab Studies Quarterly, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , London Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Open Democracy and Al-Ahram Weekly.