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Dr Mette Louise Berg
Thomas Coram Research Institute
27-28 Woburn Square
Tel: 020 7612 6949
  • Associate Professor
  • 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 as a senior lecturer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit. She is the Programme Director of the BSc Social Sciences. 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.

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). Mette has also co-edited a double special issue of the journal Diaspora, titled Re-Imagining Diasporas and Generation (2015).

Ongoing research: 1) Ethnographic and mixed-methods research concerned with enhancing our understanding of everyday experiences and understandings of difference and affinities in diverse urban areas, especially in a context of austerity and growing inequality, explored through fieldwork in the Elephant and Castle area in London; 2) Multi-sited ethnographic research concerned with how diasporas emerge and become internally stratified; and the nexus between social and spatial mobility, explored through fieldwork on Cuba and its diaspora. Mette is currently working on a book ms about the transnational networks of alumni from the ‘Lenin School’ socialist Cuba’s most prestigious secondary school.

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.

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

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