Irene Skovgaard Smith


  • 2.37 Thomas Paine Study Centre

Personal profile

Academic Background

With a background in social anthropology and a PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Irene's research interests include identity/alterity, collective moral disengagement, organisational elites and transnational life, work and (im)mobility. Her work has appeared in Human Relations, Global Networks, Group & Organization Management, Critique of Anthropology, European Journal of International Management, Organization, Social & Cultural Geography, The Conversation and in books from Palgrave Macmillan and Information Age Publishing.


Media coverage:

The desperate families torn apart by Covid rules
Outlet: CNN Online Date: 02/05/2021 12:08
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Dr Irene Skovgaard-Smith (NBS), who is conducting research on transnationals and their wellbeing during the pandemic, quoted.

Related research output: 

Skovgaard-Smith, I. (2021). Transnational life and cross-border immobility in pandemic times. Global Networks, 1–16.


The Conversation (International), 9/11/17

"To be cosmopolitan you don’t have to be rootless or a member of the global elite"

Related research output: 

Imagining ‘non-nationality’: Cosmopolitanism as a source of identity and belonging

Also published by BBC Worklife (International), United Kingdom, Web

"The complex world of the global citizen"



"How European academics are feeling about life in Britain a year after Brexit vote"


The Conversation (International), United Kingdom, Web




Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School

Master of Science, University of Copenhagen

External positions

Editorial board member, Journal of Organizational Ethnography

May 2023 → …


  • Social Sciences (General)
  • Identity
  • Alterity
  • Othering
  • Transnationalism
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Ethnography
  • Anthropology
  • Employment Systems & Institutions

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