Danielle Drozdzewski


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Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
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Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an Associate Professor in Human Geography. I specialise in the interactions of people and place, with specific expertise in memory, identity and migration. My overarching research theme is the examination of the geographies of remembrance. I investigate how memories of culture and of place are integral to the formation and maintenance of identities, from the personal to the supranational. Allied to these investigations is the study of migration, through which I have focused on what motivates people to move, the outcomes of such mobilities, to better understand interactions between people and places. 

I moved to the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University in July 2018. Previously, I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

PhD in Human Geography (UNSW), BEnvSc (Hons Class 1 in Geography) (UNSW), BA (Science and Technology Studies) (UNSW).


Editorial Appointments

I am Editor-in-Chief of Emotions, Space and Society, Impact Factor: 1.635, ISI Journal Citation Reports © ISSN: 1755-4586.

I am also an Associate Editor for Geographical Research, Impact Factor: 1.592, ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2017: 52/84 (Geography), Online ISSN: 1745-5871

I am on the editorial board for:

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Undergraduate (First Cycle)

KG2307 Place, Migration and Identity, Course Convener, 7.5 HECs (2020-)

KG1220 Vetenskapliga förhållningssätt, källor och metoder PLII, moment 4, Lecturer, 7.5 HECs (2019)

KG1302 Befolkning, miljö och landskap i förändring, Lecturer, 7.5 HECs (2019)

KG2304 Methods 1, Lecturer, 7.5HECs (2020-)


Postgraduate Masters (Second Cycle)

KG7243 Space & Society: Theory & Method in Human Geography, Course Convenor, 15 HECs (2018 -)

KG9209-11 Master Thesis Course, Course Convenor, 30 HECs (2019-)

KG7207 Landscape: past and present, Course Convenor, 15 HEC (2019-)  

KG7206 Migration and Social Change: A life course perspective,  Lecturer, 15 HECs (2020)                            

KG7232 Advanced Method in Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning, Lecturer, 15 HECs (2019-)

KG7234 Field Project in Urban and Regional Planning, Lecturer (‘Warsaw’) – 15 HECs (2019)                            


Postgraduate PhD (Third Cycle)

HI1SPA2 Rumslighet, minnet och det förflutna (Space, place, memory), Lecturer (2020)                                  


Research Students 

Completed Doctoral Students (PhD)


Caitlin Buckle (PhD) – ‘Mapping mobile lives: Explorations of migrants’ lived experience through narratives, visual imagery and virtual visitation, (Supervisor, Co-Supervised by Dr C Brennan-Horley, UoW), Awarded without amendment.

Charishma Ratnam (PhD) – ‘(Re)creating Sri Lankan Refugee Homes: How memory and identity influence resettling in the home’, (Supervisor, Co-Supervisor Dr Marilu De Melo, UNSW).


Nerida Godfrey (PhD) – ‘Becoming-with movement: Life course mobilities and alternative cartographies of independent contemporary dancers', (Supervisor).


Peta Wolifson (PhD) – ‘Sydney at night: People, places, and policies of the neoliberal city’, (Supervisor, Co-Supervised by Prof. Chris Gibson, UoW and Dr Phillip Wadds, UNSW).


Helen Karathomas (PhD) – ‘Social mixing and urban redevelopment in Millers and Dawes Point’ (with A/Prof Wendy Shaw).


Current Masters Students

Nicolina Ewards Öberg (Masters Thesis) – ‘Living in and with Lilla Pakistan: An ethnographic study about segregated places and segregated people’ (Supervisor)


Completed Masters Students


Sara Amatoul Sabooh (Masters Thesis in Planning) – ‘Exploring neighbourhood composition and associated neighbourhood effects – a case study of (a neighbourhood in Stockholm region)’ (Joint Supervisor with Eva Andersson).

Dayana Indira Hernandez Vivas (Masters Thesis in Planning) – ‘Emotional dimensions of climate change’ (Supervisor).

Karin Thalberg (Masters in Environment and Social Sciences) – ‘Gender and Green Space’, (Joint Supervisor with Sara Borgström (KTH)).


Esben Larsen (Masters in Human Geography) – ‘Familiar Flavors: Sensorial Experiences of Familiarity and Transnational Food Practices Amongst International Students’ (Joint Supervision with Dr Natasha Webster, SU).

Jonna Lidmark (Masters in Environment and Social Sciences) – ‘The (un)forbidden fruit: A case study on barriers and motivations for local fruit and berry harvesting in Skarpnäck’ (Supervisor).


Gail Broadbent (Masters of Philosphy, 2 yr thesis by research program) – ‘Speeding the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia: social attitudes to electric vehicle purchase and recommendations for government intervention to address market failures’, (Joint Supervision with Prof Graciela Metternicht), Awarded without amendment.





Cultural memory and memorialisation:

Politics of memory and memorialisation; Public memory and the role of museums and monuments in national memory; Everyday memorialisation; Anzac Memory and War Commemoration; Genealogies of memory and post-memory

Identity, multiculturalism, cultural diversity:

Politics of identity; Nationalism; Everyday multiculturalism; Cultural infrastructure

Migration and Mobility:

Treechange and seachange migration; Youth migration; Regional demographics

Parenting and Caring:

Parenting in academia; Gender and Geography

Methodological and analytical approaches:

Mixed methodologies; Semi-structured and unstructured interviews; Social surveying; Discourse and text analysis; Archival research; Landscape observation and participation observation; Ethnography (visual, sound) and auto-ethnography; Qualitative data analysis programs (NVIVO) & Quantitative data analysis programs (SPSS, Microsoft Excel)



Under Contract

Drozdzewski, D., Sumartojo, S., and Waterton, E., (forthcoming) Geographies of Commemoration in a Digital World: Anzac @ 100, Palgrave MacMillan, due Nov 2020.


Refereed Publications

Ratnam, C., and Drozdzewski, D., (2020) Detour: Bodies, memories, and mobilities in and around the home, Mobilities,  DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2020.1780071

Drozdzewski, D., and Monk, J., (2020) Representing Women and Gender in Memory Landscapes, in Datta, A., Hopkins, P., Johnston, L., Olson, E., and Silva, J.M., (eds) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies, Routledge, pp. 254-270.

Drozdzewski, D., Waterton, E., and Sumartojo, S. (2019) Cultural Memory and Identity in the Context of War: Experiential, Place-based and Political Concerns, International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 101, No. 910, pp. 251-272.

Drozdzewski, D., and Klocker, N. (2019) ‘Pregnancy, Gender and Career Progression: The Visible Mother in the Workplace’ in Johnson, J.L., and Johnston, K. (eds) Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place, Ontario: Demeter Press, pp 117-134.

Broadbent, G., Metternicht, G., & Drozdzewski, D. (2019) An analysis of consumer incentives in support of electric vehicle uptake: an Australian case study, World Electric Vehicle Journal, 10 (11), doi:10.3390/wevj10010011.

Drozdzewski, D., and Birdsall, C.J. (2019) ‘Advancing Memory Methods’, in Drozdzewski, D., and Birdsall, C.J (Eds) Doing Memory Research: New Methods and Approaches, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 1-20.

Drozdzewski, D., and Birdsall, C.J. (2019) ‘Using Emplaced Ethnography, Mobility, and Listening to Research Memory’, in Drozdzewski, D., and Birdsall, C.J (Eds) Doing Memory Research: New Methods and Approaches, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 39-61.

Drozdzewski, D., and Birdsall, C.J. (2019) Doing Memory Research: New Methods and Approaches, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

De Nardi, S., and Drozdzewski, D., (2019) ‘Landscape and Memory’, in P Howard, I Thompson, E Waterton, and M Atha (eds) The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, 2nd Edition, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp 429-439.

Drozdzewski, D., (2018) Memory, Movement, Mobility: Affect-full Encounters with Memory in Singapore, Special Issue: Geospatial Memory, Media Theory, Vol 2, No. 1, pp. 245-265.

Buckle, C., and Drozdzewski, D., (2018) Urban perceptions of tree-change migration, Rural Society, early view, DOI: 10.1080/10371656.2018.1504735.

Drozdzewski, D., (2018) Stolpersteine and memory in the streetscape, in Muzaini, H., and Minca, C., (eds) After Heritage: Critical Perspectives on Heritage from Below, Edward Elgar: Great Britain, pp. 130-147.

Carretta, M.A, Drozdzewski, D., Jokinen, J. C., and Falconer, E., (2018) “Who can play this game?” The lived experiences of doctoral candidates and early career women in the neoliberal university, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, early view, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2018.1434762

Drozdzewski, D., (2018) ‘Less-than-fluent’ and culturally connected: Language learning and cultural fluency as research methodology, AREA, Vol. 50. No. 1, pp 109-116.

Broadbent, G., Drozdzewski, D., and Metternicht, G., (2018) Electric vehicle adoption: an analysis of best practice and pitfalls for policy making from experiences of Europe and the USA, Geography Compass, Vol .12, No. 2, e12358.

Birdsall, C.J. and Drozdzewski, D., (2018) Capturing commemoration: Using mobile recordings within memory research, Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 266-284.

Ratnam., C., and Drozdzewski, D., (2017) Assembling attachments to homes under bushfire risk, Geographical Research, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp 42-53.

Drozdzewski, D., (2017) Locating the Geopolitics of Memory in the Polish Streetscape, in Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M. (eds) The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes Naming, Politics, and Place, Abingdon: Routledge, pp 114-131.

Norquay, M., and Drozdzewski, D., (2017) Stereotyping the Shire: Assigning white privilege to place and identity, Journal of Intercultural Studies¸ Vol. 38, No. 1, pp 88-107.

Wolifson, P., and Drozdzewski, D., (2016) Co-opting the night: the entrepreneurial shift and economic imperative in NTE planning, Urban Policy and Research, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 486-504.

Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S., and Waterton, E. (2016) Geographies of memory, place and identity: Intersections in remembering war and conflict, Geography Compass, Vol. 10, No. 11, pp 447-456.

Ratnam., C., Drozdzewski, D., and Chappell, R., (2016) ‘Can place attachment mediate perceptions of bushfire risk? A case study of the Blue Mountains, NSW’, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp 67-71.

Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S., and Waterton, E., (2016) Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict, Abingdon: Routledge.

Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S., and Waterton, E., (2016) The Significance of Memory in the Present, in Drozdzewski, D, De Nardi, S., and Waterton, E., (eds) 'Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict', Abingdon: Routledge, pp 1-26.

Drozdzewski, D., (2016) Encountering memory in the everyday city, in Drozdzewski, D, De Nardi, S., and Waterton, E., (eds) 'Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict', Abingdon: Routledge, pp 27-57.

Drozdzewski, D., (2016) Can Anzac sit comfortably within Australia's multiculturalism?, Australian Geographer, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp 3-10.

Robinson, D., and Drozdzewski, D., (2016) Hybrid Identities: juxtaposing multiple identities against the ‘authentic’ Moken, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp 536-554.

Drozdzewski, D., and Dominey-Howes, D., (2015) Research and trauma: understanding the impact of traumatic content and places on the researcher, Emotions, Space and Society, Special Issue on Researcher Trauma, Vol. 17, pp 17-21.

Drozdzewski, D., (2015) 'Retrospective reflexivity: The residual and subliminal repercussions of researching war', Emotions, Space and Society, Special Issue on Researcher Trauma, Vol. 17, pp 30-36.

Drozdzewski, D., and Robinson, D.F., (2015) ‘Care-work on fieldwork: taking your own children into the field’, Children’s Geographies, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 372-378.

Drozdzewski, D., (2015) ‘Knowing (or not) about Katyń: the silencing and surfacing of public memory’, in Jones, R.D., Robinson, J., and Turner, J., (eds) The Politics of Hiding, Invisibility, and Silence: Between Absence and Presence, Routledge: London, pp 47-62.

Drozdzewski., D., Roberts, A., Dominey-Howes, D., and Brander, R., (2015) The experiences of weak and non-swimmers caught in rip currents at Australian beaches, Australian Geographer, Vol 46, No. 1, pp 15-32.

Bradstreet, A., Brander, R, McCarroll, J., Brighton, B., Dominey-Howes, D., Drozdzewski, D., Sherker, S., Turner, I., and Roberts, A., (2014) Rip Current Survival Principles: Towards Consistency, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue Vol. 72, pp 85-92.

Drozdzewski, D., (2014) Using history in the streetscape to affirm geopolitics of memory, Political Geography, Vol. 42, pp 66-78.

Brander, R., Drozdzewski., D., and Dominey-Howes, D., (2014) "'Dye in the Water' : a visual approach to communicating the rip current hazard', Science Communication, Vol. 36, No. 6, pp 802-810.

Robinson, D. F, Drozdzewski, D., and Kiddell, L., (2014) “’You can’t change our ancestors without our permission’: Cultural Perspectives on Biopiracy”, in Fredriksson, M and Arvanitakis, J., (eds) Piracy: Leakages of Modernity Litwin, pp 55-74.

Drozdzewski, D., (2014) '‘They have no concept of what a farm is’: Exploring Rural Change through Tree Change Migration, in Dufty-Jones, R. and Connell, J., Rural Change in Australia, Great Britain, Ashgate, pp 83-102.

Drozdzewski, D., (2014) ‘When the everyday and the sacred collide: Positioning Plaszów in the Kraków landscape’, Landscape Research, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp 255-266.

Klocker, N. and Drozdzewski, D., (2012) Survival and Subversion in the Neoliberal University, Invited Response to Symposium on  the Participatory Geographies Research Group's 'Communifesto for Fuller Geographies: Towards Mutual Security',

Drozdzewski, D., (2012) ‘Knowing (or not) about Katyń: the silencing and surfacing of public memory’, Space and Polity, Special Issue 'Between Absence and Presence', Vol. 16, No. 3, pp 303-319.

Klocker, N., and Drozdzewski, D., (2012) Career progress relative to opportunity: how many papers is a baby ‘worth’? Environment and Planning A, Vol. 44, pp 1271 – 1277.

Drozdzewski, D., Shaw, W., Dominey-Howes, D., Brander, R., Walton, T., Gero, A., Sherker, S.,  Goff, J., and Edwick, B., (2012) ‘Surveying rip current survivors: preliminary insights into the experiences of being caught in rip currents’, Natural Hazards Earth Systems Science, Vol. 12, pp 1-11.

Drozdzewski, D., (2011) ‘Waves of Migration Exclusion and Inclusion: the experiences of Polish Australians’, in Lobo, M., and Mansouri, F., Migration, citizenship and intercultural relations: looking through the lens of social inclusion, Ashgate, pp 59-74.

Drozdzewski, D., (2011) Language Tourism in Poland, Tourism Geographies, Vol .3, No. 2, pp 165-186.

Drozdzewski, D., (2008) ‘‘We’re moving out’ – Youth Movements Out of Coastal Non-Metropolitan New South Wales’, Geographical Research, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp 153-161.

Drozdzewski, D., (2007) ‘A place called ‘Bielany’: Negotiating a diasporic Polish place in Sydney’, Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp 853-869.

Gibson, C., Dufty, R., and Drozdzewski, D., (2005) ‘Resident attitudes to farmland protection measures in the Northern Rivers region, New South Wales’, Australian Geographer, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp 369-383.


Non-refereed reports and reviews

Sumartojo, S., Drozdzewski, D., Graves, M., Kesteloot, C., Vanneste, D., Vanraepenbusch, K., Van Ypersele, L., Wallis, J., Winter, C., and Wouters, N., (2017) Commemoration reframed: conceptualising commemoration from the perspective of experience, Working Paper from the Commemoration Reframed Workshop, CegesSoma, Brussels, 7 September 2017,

Shaw, W.S., Drozdzewski, D., Cross, R., and Wolifson, P., (2012) A historical geography of cotton farming in NSW and Qld: adaptation and adoption, Report to CRC Cotton Catchment Communities, Project ID 3.02.11.

Drozdzewski, D., (2011) ‘Book Review – “Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia” Connell, J., & Gibson C (eds) 2011’, Australian Geographer, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp 455-457.

Drozdzewski, D., Shaw, W.S., and Godfrey, N., (2011) Treechange Migration to the NSW Southern Highlands: Motivations and outcomes of urban to rural migration, Report to the Dept. of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

Drozdzewski, D., Shaw., W.S., Brander, R., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J., Walton, T., and Gero, A., (2011) Demographics, surf knowledge and behavioural response of rip current rescue victims, Report to Surf Life Saving Australia, Project ID RM08258.



Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Program Grant:2019-2024, 40 240 000 SEK.  

Lyckliga gatan? Geografisk polarisering och social sammanhållning i dagens Sverige 

The Neighbourhood Revisited: Spatial polarization and social cohesion in contemporary Sweden.

Program Lead: Professor Bo Malmberg

Subproject 1 Lead: Professor Gunnar Andersson

Subproject 2 Lead: Dr Danielle Drozdzewski

Subproject 3 Lead: Professor Eva Andersson


Digital Human Sciences Grant:2019-2020, 150 000 SEK.

Exploring and writing ‘the digital’ into memory research,
Danielle Drozdzewski (Sole CI),
Included in this project are the following case studies: 

'Poland: How does a politics of Polish memory frame (re)productions cultural memory?'

Dr Danielle Drozdzewski as part of the 'Commemoration Reframed' network:

This project explores the historical and contemporary geopolitics of Polish memory. It considers how Polish cultural memory has been operationalised, with political purpose, to ensure the continuance of Polish cultural memories that (re)affirm certain narratives about the nation.  To do so it draws on field data generated on November 11, 2018, in Poland.  On this day, Armistice Day, Allied countries commemorate the end of the First World War (WWI).  In Poland, this day has extra significance as it marks the (re)creation and restoration of the Second Polish Republic, post-WWI following 123 year-long partition by the Russian, Austrian and Prussian empires. Narodowe Święto Niepodległości (National Independence Day) as a calendar ritual, has both commemorative and celebratory characteristics – its solemnity marks war dead, but it also specifies the triumphant return of the Polish state.  This research examines contested sentiments about November 11 in Poland, placing the happenings of that day amid contexts of remembrance and nation building.


‘The Geography of Anzac @ 100’

The project concerns the changing practices of Anzac commemoration and draws from the authors existing field research in Australia

The field research, undertaken in 2018, involved participant’s digitally recording aspects of the national commemoration, and the use of digital technologies in the interviews about the participants’ experiences.

With Associate Professor Shanti Sumartojo and Professor Emma Waterton, I am leading a contracted book (Palgrave) on Digital Commemoration: Anzac @ 100, due Feb 2020 


Other Continuing Research 

Migration, memory and national identity - Berlin and Wroclaw 

This project will consider what happens post-settlement, shifting focus to the outcomes of migrations on host societies and to the migrants. By adopting a dual focus on both migrants and host communities, this project seeks to provide insights into whether successful settlement can be predicated on greater understandings and appreciation of the linkages between memory and identity by both migrants and the communities they settle in.

This project has two aims:
1. It will articulate the post-settlement outcomes of migrants in Poland and Germany with an explicit focus on how new identities are negotiated in the host countries and how cultural memories of the homeland are maintained.

2. It will investigate the views of the people in the places where migrants settle – Polish and German. As such, this second aim will address how and what integration looks like from the point of view of the host community.




Last updated: July 10, 2020

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