Irene Skovgaard Smith


  • 2.37 Thomas Paine Study Centre

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Academic Background

With a background in social anthropology my research interests include cosmopolitanism, identity and othering in the context of transnational life, global work, cross-border mobility of transnational professionals in international organisations and management consultants implementing change. My work has appeared in Human Relations, Critique of Anthropology, European Journal of International Management, Social & Cultural Geography, Organization, The Conversation and in books from Palgrave Macmillan and Information Age Publishing.


Current research project: Transnational life and (im)mobility in pandemic times    
The study focuses on the lived experience of transnational people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic transformed our globally interconnected world almost overnight as immobility was enforced, striking at the heart of transnational life. After a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions where national priorities and borders have been strongly reaffirmed, the aim is to investigate the particular impact of this disruption on an overlooked group of people, namely those who live and work outside their country of birth (internationals/migrants/expats/global workers etc.).


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.


Previous media contributions

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


The Conversation (International), Web


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