Emy Lindberg

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Emy Lindberg succesfully defended her thesis Dream Machine: an Ethnography of Football Migration between Ghana and Sweden on 19 Jan 2024. Apart from migration, her research explores themes such as dreams, transnational family structures, the political economy of the global football industry, masculinities, race, and time. She currently teaches African Studies at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, and holds a Post-Doc Scholarship from Göransson-Sandviken.


  • aspiration
  • dreams
  • ethnography
  • family and kinship studies
  • football
  • ghana
  • labor migration
  • masculinities
  • migration
  • sports
  • sweden
  • temporality
  • west africa


Emy Lindberg did her master in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Her dissertation explored why youth choose to fight and she focussed on and compared the cases of the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. After graduating, she continued to focus on youth and conflict and was employed as a researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala for a year. She published two reports: one on the conflict in Mali (2012-2013) and one that explored the history of the development of the Liberian labor market. Other tasks included arranging conferences, co-writing policy notes etcetera. Together with her supervisor Mats Utas, she wrote a research proposal on labor migration among West African youth, which subsequently was funded by the National Research Council. In between all of this, she has taken time off for two parental leaves. In her thesis project, she researches football migration to Sweden among Ghanaian youth. This project is funded by the National Research Council, Uppsala University and through scholarships from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG), Anna Maria Lundins stipendiefond, Helge Axon Johnssons stiftelse and Göransson-Sandvikens forskarstipendium.


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