I am a social anthropologist of an interdisciplinary background. In 2010, I received my PhD in Development Studies/Anthropology from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. Since 2002, my research has focused on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refuges, return, and identities. For my PhD, I analyzed social transformations in the context of forced displacement and return among southern Sudanese Nuer refugees. I have also been developing a strand of work around narratives of displacement and refugeeness, and urban displacement.
Since 2002, I have been carrying out long-term research among Nuer South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, Egypt, Kenya and among returnees in South Sudan. I have also worked on collaborative research about adolescent girls’ migration in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan. Currently, I am researching refugees' involvement in civc change and hosting refugees in host countries, including in Sudan and in Switzerland. The second strand of research focuses on sexual and reproductive health transformations among Syrian youth in Jordan. I am also working with a colleactive of artists and South Sudanese refugees in Lyon in an arts-based project on transformations of marriage practices during the war and in exile among South Sudanese - "120 vaches".
I use visual media, feminist methodologies, and creative-based and participatory methods in fieldwork. My most recent film was made in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, and is called Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The long version of the film, 2 Girls, has been shown at numerous film festivals across the globe.
K.E. Grabska & P. Miller (2016). South Sudanese in Khartoum: The House in Amarat. Eg J Anaesth, 14.
K.E. Grabska & C. van der Horst (2015). Flight and Exile: Uncertainty in the context of conflict-induced displacement. Social Analysis, 59 (1).
K.E. Grabska & M. Fanjoy (2015). And when I become a man’: trans-local coping with precariousness and uncertainty among returnee men in South Sudan’. Social Analysis, 59 (1).
K.E. Grabska, S. Thieme & A. Babel (2015). “We might have many disagreements internally, but externally we represent a common position”: Swiss Policy Actors in the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2011. Development in Practice, 25 (6).
K.E. Grabska (2013). The Return of Displaced Nuer in Southern Sudan: Women Becoming Men? Development and Change, 44 (5).
K.E. Grabska (2012). Marrying on credit: the burden of bridewealth in the context of post-war return of southern Sudanese refugee youth’. Forced Migration Review, 40.
K.E. Grabska (2011). Constructing ‘modern gendered civilised’ women and men: gender mainstreaming in refugee camps’. Gender and Development, 19 (1).
K.E. Grabska (2010). Lost Boys, Invisible Girls: Stories of Marriage Across the Borders. Gender Place and Culture, 17 (4).
K.E. Grabska (2006). Marginalization in the Urban Spaces of the Global South: Urban Refugees in Cairo’ Special Issue: Urban Refugees. Journal of Refugee Studies, 19 (03).
K.E. Grabska (2014). Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer repatration to Southern Sudan. UK: Boydell and Brewer
K.E. Grabska & L. Mehta (2008). Forced Displacement: Why Rights Matter?,. UK: Palgrave McMillan
K.E. Grabska (2019). Tracac czas: migracje dziewczat z Erytrii do Sudanu. In Bilad Sudan. Warsaw: University of k. St. Wyszynski
K.E. Grabska & A. Van Raemdonck (2019). Savoirs féministes et expertise de genre à l’épreuve des crises des personnes réfugiées au Kenya et en Jordanie. In Ch Verschuur (Ed.), Savoirs féministes au Sud: expertes en genre et tournant décolonial (pp. 265-282). Paris: l'Harmattan
K.E. Grabska & P. Miller (2017). The South Sudan House Amarat: South Sudanese enclaves in Khartoum. In W. Cisło, J. Różański & M. Ząbek (Eds.), Collectanea Sudanica Vol. 1 (pp. 151-186). Warsaw, Poland: Stefan Wyszyński University
K.E. Grabska (2016). Eritrean Migratory Trajectories of Adolescence in Khartoum: (Im)mobility, Identities, and Social Media. In Hale, Sondra and Kadoda, Gada (Ed.), Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan: Identities, Motilities, and Technology. US: Lexington
K.E. Grabska (2015). Córki AK-47 i zgwalcone kobiety: relacje plci a wojna w Sudanie Poludniowym” (Daughters of AK-47 and raped women: gender relations and wars in South Sudan),. In Rozanski, J and Zabek, M (Ed.), Sudan: Archeology and history. Poland Warsaw: University of Warsaw
K.E. Grabska (2015). Threatening mini skirts”?: returnee South Sudanese adolescent girls and social change. In Lisa Akensson and Maria Eriksson Boaz (Ed.), Africa’s Return migrants: New Developers? UK: ZED
K.E. Grabska (2014). Wojna, uchodźstwo i powstawanie państwa: rola kobiet i dziewcząt w przemianach społeczno-politycznych w Sudanie Południowym” („War, refugeness and state-building: the role of women and girls in socio-political transformations in South Sudan”),. In Arkadiusz Zukowski (Ed.), Ex Africa Semper Aliouid Novi, Kobiety w Afryce (Women in Africa). Zory: Poland: Polskie Towarzystwo Afrykanistyczne: Zory.
K.E. Grabska & M. Al-Sharmani (2009). Diasporic African Refugees: Ambivalent Status and Cosmopolitan Struggles in Cairo. In Singerman D. and Amar P (Ed.), Re-making Cairo: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East. Cairo: Egypt: AUC Press
K.E. Grabska (2008). Brothers or Poor Cousins? Rights, policies and the Wellbeing of Refugees in Egypt. In Grabska K and Mehta L (Ed.), Forced Displacement: Why Rights Matter?,. London: Palgrave McMillan
K.E. Grabska & L. Mehta (2008). Introduction: Why rights matter in displacement. In Grabska K and Mehta L (Ed.), Forced Displacement: Why Rights Matter? London: Palgrave McMillan
K.E. Grabska (2007). Cities and refugees: Urban refugees in Cairo,’ book chapter in Human Security and Cities,. In Humanitarian Security in Cities. Canada: Ontario: the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
K.E. Grabska (2017). Book review: Negotiating Belongings: Stories of Forced Migration of Dinka Woman from South Sudan, by Melanie Baak [Bespreking van het boek Negotiating Belongings: Stories of Forced Migration of Dinka Woman from South Sudan]. International Migration Review, 51(4).
K.E. Grabska (2009). Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings. By Jane Kani Edwards [Bespreking van het boek Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings]. Journal of Refugee Studies, 22(1).
K.E. Grabska, M. de Regt & N. Del Franco (2016). Time to look at girls: Adolescent Girls' Migration in the Global South. (Preprints). Geneva: Switzerland: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
K.E. Grabska (2016). Time to look at girls: Eritrean and Ethiopian Adolescent Girls' Migration to Sudan. (Preprints). Geneva: Switzerland: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva