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Ida Hughes Tidlund

About me

I hold a PhD in Ethnology at the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS) and Stockholm University. My thesis focused on the bordering processes of the Åland island region in the Baltic Sea since 1921. The main research questions were which actions that have gone into the maintenance of the borders, and how the borders become objects to navigate through creating a local order. The borders distinguish the minority of Åland from the majority of Finland, but not without assistance. Being legal, geographical and social phenomena, and maritime at that, the borders require a steady grip to stay put. The research questions were explored through archival studies and ethnography.

My research interests are ethnological perspectives on institutions, bureaucracy, and research ethics, in particular in combination with qualitative methodology. I currently work as a research asisstant in a project at the Department of Social Work about workplace violence in social services.