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Prof Mette Louise Berg
Thomas Coram Research Institute
27-28 Woburn Square
Tel: 020 7612 6949
  • Professor of Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Mette was trained in Copenhagen (Cand.Scient.Anth. 1999) and Oxford (DPhil in Social Anthropology, St Antony’s College, 2004). Her thesis was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute Sutasoma Award 2003. 

After receiving her doctorate, she taught at St Andrews (2004-7), and Oxford (2007-15), before joining UCL in October 2015. She was awarded a University of Oxford Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

Research Summary

Mette is a social anthropologist with research interests in migration, diasporas and migrant transnationalism; urban diversity; gender, belonging and generation; and social memory. Regionally, she specialises in Cuba and the wider Caribbean and Latin American region, and London and the UK. She is Professor of Migration and Diaspora Studies at the Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Social Research Institute.

She is the author of Diasporic Generations: Memory, Politics and Nation among Cubans in Spain (Berghahn, 2011), and co-editor of Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space (Routledge, 2015), originally published as a special issue of the journal Identities (2013), and of Studying Diversity, Migration and Urban Multiculture (UCL Press, 2019). Mette has also co-edited a double special issue of the journal Diaspora, titled Re-Imagining Diasporas and Generation (2015).

Mette is Principal investigator (PI) on a 3-year international, comparative research project on Migrants and Solidarities: Negotiating Deservingness in Welfare Micropublics, funded by Nordforsk 2020-2023. See https://solidarities.net/.

She is the co-editor, with Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Jo Waters, of the journal Migration and Society, and co-director of the UCL Migration Research Unit. 

Servicing Super-Diversity: Mette held an ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in 2014-15, working with Southwark Council in London. She conducted two pieces of research for Southwark, one on resident involvement in housing, to support the council’s housing strategy, and one on barriers to service access for Latin American migrants in the borough.

Mette was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen in the autumn of 2018.

Teaching Summary

Mette teaches on the BSc Social Sciences and the MSc Global Migration degrees. 

She welcomes enquiries from doctoral students interested in supervision within the UCL Social Research Institute or collaboratively across other departments on topics relating to her research interests.

01-OCT-2020 Professor Social Research Institute UCL, United Kingdom
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