Karen Haandrikman

Karen Haandrikman


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Works at Department of Human Geography
Telephone 08-16 19 87
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 323
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am senior lecturer in human geography at the Department of Geography of Stockholm University working within the research profile Population Geography, Migration and GIS.

Title: Docent (associate professor)

Room: X323, Geo-Science Building, Frescati



  • Programme director Master's Programme in Human Geography.
  • Advanced method in human geography and urban and regional planning (in English), master level, course coordinator (KG7232).
  • Migration and social change (in English), master level (KG7206).
  • Social scientific and spatial methods (in Swedish), bachelor level, course coordinator (KG2304).
  • Population, environment and landscape change (in Swedish), bachelor level, course coordinator (KG1302).
  • Place, identity and migration, bachelor (KG2307).
  • Bachelor thesis supervision, Human Geography (KG3201); Urban and Regional Planning (KG3217); Global Development.
  • Master's thesis supervision, students in Human Geography i (KG9210); Urban and Regional Planning (KG9211); Globalization, Environment and Social Change; and Demography.


Research focus: Migration; integration; segregation; migrant entrepreneurship; intermarriage; mixed methods

Research projects

PhD supervision

  • Sara Thalberg – “Students and Family Formation. Studies on educational enrolment and childbearing in Sweden”. Assistant supervisor. Successfully defended on 15 November 2013.
  • Louisa Vogiazides – “Immigrants’ spatial and social trajectories in Sweden”. Main supervisor. Successfully defended 27 March, 2020.
  • Andrea Monti - "Migrant transnationalism and integration". Assistant supervisor. Started October 2015.
  • Samaneh Khaef - "Educational trajectories of Swedish and foreign-born population". Assistant supervisor. Started January 2018.
  • Joeke Kuyvenhoven - "Short and long-term neighbourhood effects of childhood mobility". Based at NIDI, the Hague. Assistant supervisor. Started September 2019.


Haandrikman, Karen and Webster, Natasha (2020), Kvinna, utrikes född och företagare – En heterogen grupp med olika behov. I Heijne, Hedvig, Framtidens Chefer - Nyanlända och utrikes födda kvinnors entreprenörskap (pp. 20-54). Stockholm: FORES.

Haandrikman, Karen, Rafael Costa, Bo Malmberg, Adrian Farner Rogne and Bart Sleutjes (2019), Socio-economic Segregation in European Cities. A Comparative Study of Brussels, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo and Stockholm. ResSegr Working Paper 2019:1.

Haandrikman, Karen, Natasha Webster and Ann-Zofie Duvander (2019), Understanding local variations in gender relations using gender contract theory. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2019:06. Stockholm: Stockholm University Demography Unit.

Wimark, Thomas, Karen Haandrikman and Michael M. Nielsen, Migrant labor market integration: The association between initial settlement and subsequent employment and income among migrantsGeografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 101(2): 118-137. Doi: 10.1080/04353684.2019.1581987.

Haandrikman, Karen (2019). Partner choice in Sweden: How distance still matters. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 51(2), 440-460. Doi: 10.1177/03085I8XI8786726.

Malmberg, Bo, Eva Andersson, Michael M. Nielsen and Karen Haandrikman (2018), Residential segregation of European and non-European migrants in Sweden: 1990-2012. European Journal of Population 34(2), 169-193. Doi: 10.1007/s10680-018-9478-0.

Brandén, Maria and Karen Haandrikman (2018), Who moves to whom? Gender differences in the distance moved to a shared residence. European Journal of Population 35(3): 435-458. Doi: 10.1007/s10680-018-9490-4.

Nielsen, Michael Meinild, Karen Haandrikman, Henning Christiansen, Rafael Costa, Bart Sleutjes, Adrian F. Rogne, and Marcin Stonawski (2017), Residential segregation in 5 European countries. Technical report. ResSegr Working Paper 2017:2.

Wimark, Thomas, Michael M. Nielsen and Karen Haandrikman (2017). Boende och integration: Samband mellan invandrares initiala bosättning och deras sysselsättning och inkomst. Kulturgeografiskt seminarium 2017:2. Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.

Webster, Natasha and Karen Haandrikman (2017). Thai women entrepreneurs in Sweden: Critical perspectives on migrant small businesses. Women's Studies International Forum 60: 17-27. Doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2016.11.001.

Webster, Natasha and Karen Haandrikman (2016), Thai women in Sweden: Victims or participants? Social Sciences Asia 2(1): 13–29. Doi:10.14456/ssa.2016.4.

Haandrikman, Karen and Sadia Hassanen (2014), Onward migration of African Europeans. Comparing attitudes to migration motives. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2014:15.

Hedberg, Charlotta and Karen Haandrikman (2014), Repopulation of the Swedish countryside: Globalisation by international migration. Journal of Rural Studies, 34: 128-138. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud. 2014.01.005.

Haandrikman, Karen (2013), Book review of Charsley (2012), “Transnational marriage. New perspectives from Europe and Beyond”. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 3(4), 234-235. [Open access].

Haandrikman, Karen (2014), Binational marriages in Sweden: Is there an EU effect? Population, Space and Place, 20(2): 177-199. doi: 10.1002/psp.1770 [download final revised paper].

Haandrikman, Karen and Leo J.G. van Wissen (2012), Explaining the flight of Cupid's arrow: A spatial micro model of partner choice. European Journal of Population 28, 417-439.

Haandrikman, Karen and Inge Hutter (2012), ‘That’s a different kind of person’ - Spatial connotations and partner choice. Population, Space and Place 18(3), 241-259.

Haandrikman, Karen and Leo J.G. van Wissen (2011), Regional variation in short distance homogamy. Genus 67(1), 45-59.

Haandrikman, Karen, Leo J.G. van Wissen and Carel Harmsen (2011), Explaining spatial homogamy. Compositional, spatial and regional cultural determinants of regional patterns of spatial homogamy in the Netherlands. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy 4: 75-93.

Haandrikman, Karen (2011), Spatial homogamy: The geographical dimensions of partner choice. Journal of Economic and Social Geography 102(1): 100-110.

Haandrikman, Karen (2010), The geographical dimensions of partner choice. Rozenberg Publishers, Amsterdam. Project page with full text.

Haandrikman, Karen (2010), Waar ontmoeten partners elkaar? Sociale differentiatie in ontmoetingsplaatsen [Where do partners meet? Social differentiation in meeting places]. Mens en Maatschappij 85 (2): 176-195.

Haandrikman, Karen, Carel Harmsen, Leo J.G. van Wissen and Inge Hutter (2008), Geography matters. Patterns of spatial homogamy in the Netherlands. Population, Space and Place 14 (5): 387-405.

Haandrikman, Karen and Leo J.G. van Wissen (2008), Effects of the fertility transition on birth seasonality in the Netherlands. Journal of Biosocial Science, 40 (5): 655-672.

Haandrikman, Karen, Carel Harmsen, Leo J.G. van Wissen and Inge Hutter (2008), De geografische dimensie van partnerkeuze [The geographical dimension of partner choice].  Bevolkingstrends 56 (3): 19-28.

Haandrikman, Karen (2007), A place for pensioners? Demographic developments. In: Gregory Ashworth, Peter Groote and Piet Pellenbarg (eds.), A compact geography of the northern Netherlands. First and second edition. In Boekvorm, Assen, pp. 19-22.

Haandrikman, Karen, N.V. Rajeswari, Inge Hutter and B.M. Ramesh (2004), Coping with time. Using a local time-path calendar to reduce heaping in durations. Time & Society 13 (2/3): 339-362.

Popular science contributions

Haandrikman, Karen (2019), Nederlandse life style migranten - Waar wonen de meeste Nederlanders? Hollandse Nieuwtjes, oktober, pp. 22-24.

Haandrikman, Karen and Natasha Webster (2018), Nederlandse vrouwelijke ondernemers in Zweden: Kansen en belemmeringen. Hollandse Nieuwtjes (september): 13-15.

Haandrikman, Karen and Natasha Webster (2018), Thaise migrantenvrouwen in Nederland en Zweden [Thai migrant women in the Netherlands and Sweden]. Demos 4: 1-4.

Hedberg, Charlotta and Karen Haandrikman (2011), Mångfaldens utmaning på landsbygden. Invandrare & Minoriteter 38(4/5), 21-24.

Haandrikman, Karen (2007), Soort zoekt soort. Ontmoetingsplaatsen van partners [Like likes like. Meeting places of partners). Demos 23 (10): 12-14.

Recent and upcoming (conference) presentations

"Adolescent residential segregation and adult outcomes: Evidence from Sweden". With Maria Brandén and Gunn Birkelund. Nordic Demographic Symposium, June 13-15, 2019, Reyjkavik & ENHR, August 27-30, Athens.

"New directions in geo-based research". Celebration of 10 years of SPaDE - Social Policy and Family Dynamics, Stockholm University, May 10, 2019.

"Gender and labour market processes". Migration and gender conference, organisation Stockholm University and Francophone embassies in Sweden. With Louisa Vogiazides, Stockholm University, March 7, 2019.

"Globalisation by international migration. The Swedish countryside revisited". International Symposium on the Global Countryside. Newton Wales, November 13-15, 2018.

"Revealing privilege: Exploring privileged migrant women’s entrepreneurship in the Swedish labour market" (with Natasha Webster). Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University. September 28, 2018.

"Ethnic and socio-economic segregation levels across Europe using individualized scalable neighbourhoods". SOFI-SVS seminar, Swedish Institute of Social Research, Seminar series on Social Stratification, Welfare, and Social Policy. October 16 2018.

"Residential segregation in five European countries – A comparative study using individualized neighbourhoods". Institute of Analytical Sociology, Linköping University, Norrköping. Research seminar series. August 30 2018.

"Socioeconomic segregation in European cities. A comparative study of Brussels, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo, and Stockholm" (co-authors Rafael Costa, Bo Malmberg, Adrian Farner Rogne and Bart Sleutjes). Paper presentation at the European Population Conference, 6-9 June 2018, Brussels; and at the ENHR Conference in Uppsala, 27-29 June.

"Unpacking privilege: Exploring privileged migrant women’s entrepreneurship in the Swedish Labour Market" (co-author Natasha Webster). Paper presentation at the International Conference of Immigration and Labour Market Integration, Gothenburg, 13-15 November; Paper discussion at SPaDE lunch seminars on labour market and parental leave, March 5, 2018; Poster presentation at the European Population Conference, 6-9 June 2018, Brussels.

"Migration och social förändring" (co-presenter Natasha Webster). Mångfaldsdagen, Sundsvall, November 2, 2017.

"Segregation and integration. The association between initial settlement and subsequent employment and income among new migrants in Sweden" (co-authors Thomas Wimark and Michael Nielsen). Paper presentation at the Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm, 18-21 June.

International Advisory Board

Population, Space and Place

Reviewer for

Advances in Life Course Research; Demographic Research; Demography; Dutch Research Council; Estonian Research Council; European Journal of Population; European Journal of Spatial Development; European Research Council; European Sociological Review; Genus – Journal of Population Sciences; Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography; Geographical Research; Growth and Change - A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy; the History of the Family; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Journal of Marriage and Family; Journal of Official Statistics; Journal of Rural Studies; Nordic Journal of Migration Research; Nordic Journal of Social Research; Papers in Regional Science; Population Research and Policy Review; Population, Space and Place; Social Science Research.

Scientific affiliations

Association of American Geographers, European Association for Population Studies, Netherlands Demographic Society, The Swedish Demographic Association (board member and co-chairman 2018-2020), SULCIS.

SPaDE - The Linnaeus Centre on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe

Affiliated member.

Organiser SPaDE lunch seminars together with Amber Beckley/Haodong Qi, 2017-2019.

Previous work and education

Researcher, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2012-2016.

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2010-2012.

PhD student in Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, 2005-2010. Population Research Centre, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. Dissertation: The geographical dimensions of partner choice. Supervisors: Prof.dr. I. Hutter and Prof.dr. L.J.G. van Wissen. Cooperation with Statistics Netherlands.

Assistant professor, Department of Demography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, 2000-2005.

MSc Demography, University of Groningen, 1997-2000. Optional courses at University of Ulster at Coleraine, UK. Specialisation ‘Geography and Education’. Taught geography lessons at secondary school. Master thesis: "Coping with time. Measurement and perceptions of age and duration in reproductive health surveys."

BSc Human Geography, University of Groningen, 1995-1997.

Last updated: September 4, 2020

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