Maja Povrzanović Frykman is Professor of Ethnology, teaches in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Migration and Ethnic Relations programmes at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS) as well as in the PhD programme at the Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zagreb. Responsible for PhD programmes at GPS. PhD supervisor at Lund, Linköping, Zagreb and Malmö University.

Main areas of research

Migration; highly skilled migrants; concepts and practices within the semantic domains of diaspora and transnationalism; labour- and refugee-migrants from Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina; narratives on exile experiences; war-related identification processes; ethnicity and place; affect and material culture.

Read a summary of Povrzanović Frykman's research on materiality and migration

  • 2021-24 Project leader, Academia and cultural production as ‘postmigrant’ fields in Sweden(RJ, Dnr. P20-0137)
  • 2018+ Coordinator, Highly skilled migrants research network, MIM, Malmö University
  • 2012-18 Coordinator, TRANSMIG - Transnational Practices in Migration, IMISCOE Research Group (organization IMISCOE - International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe)
  • Independent observer of the evaluation process, FORMAS, May-September 2014
  • Expert, European Commission Research Executive Agency (Horizon 2020, work programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie 2016-17, 7th Framework Programme on Research, Technological Development and Demonstration 2010-13, FP7-PEOPLE-2012 Career Integration Grants and Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes 2012, FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities: Collaborative projects 2009)
  • Expert, Norwegian Research Council, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Östersjöstiftelsen, The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO), Academy of Finland, Svenska litteratursällskapet in Finland
  • 2013+ International Advisory Board member, Centre for Advanced Migration Studies – AMIS, (, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen
  • 2020-23 Advisory Board member, Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration - MaHoMe (Nordforsk, Joint Nordic-UK research programme on Migration and Integration, Principal Investigator: Fran Lloyd, Kingston University)

Board member of journals

  • Društvena istraživanja, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
  • Dve domovini/Two Homelands, Slovene Academy of Sciences
  • Etnološka tribina, Croatian Ethnological Society
  • Nordic Journal Migration Research


  • Anthropological Theory
  • American Ethnologist
  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS)
  • The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI)
  • Nordisk Sosialt Arbeid - Nordic Journal of Social Work
  • Childhood. A Global Journal of Child Research
  • Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics


  • 5 keynote lectures; invited discussant at 12 conferences; 48 invited lectures and presentations
  • Co-organized 26 conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Presented 72 conference papers