Natasha Webster

Natasha Webster


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Works at Department of Human Geography
Telephone 08-16 48 55
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 340
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me


Natasha Webster is a researcher at the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University. She is interested in gender, entrepreneurship, migration and work-life practices. Natasha's current research focuses on feminist economic geography by exploring the role of women-led entrepreneurship in migration and integration. Natasha, following her interests of gender in the workplace, co-edited a 2019 special issue on Early Career Women in Geography for Geografiska Annaler B. She sits on the Steering Committee for the Stockholm University Young Faculty Organization. Natasha is a Book Review Editor for Emotion, Space and Society.

Natasha has interviewed migrant women entrepreneurs in Swedish cities and rural areas. See one of the interviews here and how her research has implications for UN Sustainable Development Goal #11:  Se en av intervjuerna (in English and Swedish)

When people refer to Natasha, they use the pronouns "she," "her," and "hers."

Current Research Projects:

"Integration Delivered? Unveiling immigrant experiences in the growing Swedish gig economy" with Qian Zhang, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) for three years (2020–2023). 

"Opportunities and Obstacles: Identifying hidden resources and skills to promote entrepreneurship among migrant women in Swedish regions" with Karen Haandrikman, Funded by Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) for three years (2017–2020). 

Researcher in the Research programme ”Lyckliga gatan? Geografisk polarisering och social sammanhållning i dagens Sverige” [The Neighbourhood Revisted? Geographic polarization and social cohension in contempoary Sweden].Programme co-ordinator and PI Bo Malmberg at the Department of Human Geography, SU. Funded by Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

"Immigrants, working life and the growing Swedish gig economy" with Qian Zhang, Projektmedal inom Digital Humanvetenskap, Stockholms Universitet (2019-2020)



PhD Supervision:


Emmeline Laszlo Ambjörnsson. Women's Forest Networks: Seperate Organization and Gender Negotiations in Swedish Forest Governance.

Graduate level courses:
Undergraduate level courses:
  • Place, identity and migration
  • Migration och globala processer, Kursansvarig
  • Challenges in planning in the global South
  • Economic Geography
  • Geography 1
  • Geografiska strukturer och samhälle
  • Swedish Geography
  • Supervision of Undergraduate theses



Webster and Zhang (In press) Careers delivered from the kitchen? Immigrant women small-scale entrepreneurs working in the growing Nordic platform economy. NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

Haandrikman, K., Webster, N. Duvander, A. 2019. Understanding Local Variations in Gender Relations Using Gender Contract Theory. Working paper series: Stockholm Research Reports in Demography. SRRD no.2019/6

Webster, N. A., & Caretta, M. A. 2019. Early-career women in geography. practical pathways to advancement in the neoliberal university. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 101(1), 1-6.

Webster, N.A. and Boyd, M. 2019. Exploring the importance of inter-departmental women’s friendship in geography as resistance in the neoliberal academy. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. (08/15): 1-12.

Haandrikman, K., and Webster, N.A. 2018. Thaise migrantenvrouwen in nederland en zweden. Demos - Bulletin Over Bevolking En Samenleving, 34 (April), 1-4.

Webster, N.A. 2018. “Parental Leave: Planning, Plotting and Passing” In (eds) McMaster, C.; Murphy C. and Rosenkrantz de Lasson, J. "The Nordic Ph.D: Surviving and succeeding". (p. 110 - 116). New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group

Webster, N. A. 2017. Rural-to-rural translocal practices: Thai women entrepreneurs in the Swedish countryside. Journal of Rural Studies, 56, 219-228. doi:

Webster, N.A. and Haandrikman, K. 2017. Thai women entrepreneurs in Sweden: Critical perspectives on migrant small businesses. Women's Studies International Forum, 60C, 17 - 27

Caretta, M.A. and Webster, N.A. 2016. “What kept me going was stubbornness”: Perspectives from Swedish early career women academics in geography.Investigaciones Feministas. Vol. 7, nr 2, 89-113. DOI: 10.5209/INFE.52911

Webster, N.A. 2016. Gender and Social Practices in Migration: The case of Thai women in rural Sweden. Published Doctoral dissertation from the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University: Stockholm. (See open access link)

Webster, N. A. and Caretta, M.A., 2016. “Women in groups can help each and learn from each other”.  The role of homosocial practices in shaping and renegotiating the local gender contract. Géneros. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, 5(3), 1072-1095. doi: 10.17583/generos.2016.1992

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

Webster, N.A. 2015. Vippan Playground: Can a local meeting place survive in neoliberal Stockholm? Localities 5, 171-178.

Caretta, M.A., Kuns, B. and Webster, N.A.  2014. Praktiska, metodologiska och emotionella utmaningar i fält. En diskurs att utvecklas inom geografi. Geografiska Notiser, 72 (3) 117 – 126.

Chen X., Cai J., Yang Z. and Webster, N.A. 2014. Set Relationships between Tourists' Authentic Perceptions and Authenticity of World Heritage Resources. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 5(1), 20-31.

Book Reviews

Webster, N and Bailey, A. 2019. Film Review: Lense-Møller, L. (Producer), & Metz, Janus and Plambech, S. (Directors). Heartbound - A different kind of Love StoryEmotion, Space and Society. DOI:10.1016/j.emospa.2019.100633

Webster, N. 2016. Book Review. Birch, P. 2015. Why Men Buy Sex: Explaining Sex worker clients. Routledge Studies in Crime and Society 2015. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies

Webster, N. 2014. Book Review: Hübinette, Tobias, Hörnfeldt, Helena, Farahani, Fataneh & Rosales, René León (eds.) (2012) Om ras och vithet i det samtida Sverige, Botkyrka: Mångkulturellt centrum. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 4(1), 49.

In the Media

  • "Gig-ekonomins baksida utreds i nytt projekt" in Extrakt Magazine. Karin Montgomery. Published January 29 2020,
  • "Innovative Uses for Mapillary in Field-Based Research Projects" Posted January 2, 2020. Lindsey Higgins, Mapillary.
  • “Entreprenörs-forskare föreläste på Kvinnors frukost” Avesta Municipality, May 29 2019

  • "Thailändska kvinnor satsar stort på Gotland" Report by Linus Ehn. Gotlands Tidningar/ Monday November 5 2018, pages 8-9 
  • Haandrikman, Karen and Natasha Webster (2018), Nederlandse vrouwelijke ondernemers in Zweden: Kansen en belemmeringen [Dutch women entrepreneurs in Sweden: Opportunities and obstacles]. Hollandse Nieuwtjes (September): 13-15. entrepreneurs in Sweden: Opportunities and obstacles]Hollandse Nieuwtjes (September): 13-15.
  • Podcast Interview (Episode 1, Season 2 Natasha Webster) "Migration and the Male Normative” on The Swede Life with Jill Leckie. Released August 30 2018. This podcast covers labour market integration and perspectives of migrant women in Sweden. Download via @iTunes and @stitcherpodcasts and 
  • "Thailandspecial med Margita Boström" Radio Interview aired August 13, 2018, kl. 15:04.
  • "Starting your business in Stockholm? 6 Tips!" Your Living City June 8 2018 by Natasha Webster and Karen Haandrikman
  • "Wij Aziatische vrouwen werken, wij teren niet op de zak van onze man'" by Niels Markus in TROUW, April 30 2018
  • Interview on Sverigesradio English ”Why Thai Business women are thriving in Sweden” aired Thursday July 13 2017, 10:00.  
  • 'Thailändska företagare ger liv till landsbygder' Interview with Jonas Gustaffson from ESBRI: Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning - Entré nr 2, 2017
  • 'Nordegren och Epstein i P1' Radio interview aired Mondag January 30 2017, 15:04
  • Webster, N. January 30 2017. "Thailändska kvinnor som företagare" Debate article in Norrköpings Tidningar.

Upcoming Presentations:

Webster, N: "By doing these courses, you are doing the right thing": Migrant Women Entrepreneurs, Emotional Citizenry and everyday encounters in the Swedish entrepreneurial landscape. Stockholm Sessions on Migration, 18 February 2020, 1.00 PM 

Webster, N: “Migrant women entrepreneurs and emotional encounters in the Swedish entrepreneurial policy field” in the Stream: ‘Gender and Entrepreneurship: Critically Transforming Debate’. Gender, Work & Organization Conference 2020, University of Kent, June 24 -26

Webster, N and Kontkanen, Y “Approaching ‘translocal’: Articulations, Presentations and Interpretations of the Local in Nordic Scholarship on Migrant Entrepreneurship” IMISCOE 2020, Luxemburg, June 30 – July 2

Upcoming Sessions

Riaño, Y, Webster N, Sandoz, L. (Session Conveners) Transnational Migrant Entrepreneurship: Exploring Diverse Spatial Mobilities and Connections across the Globe - Part A & B, IMISCOE 2020, Luxemburg, June 30 – July 2

Webster, N and Kontkanen, Y (Session conveners) Exploring Nordic Migrant Entrepreneurship: Intersectional Understandings of Place and Context

Selected Past Presentations: 

Webster, N and Zhang, Q. “Immigrants, working life and the growing Nordic Gig Economy” Conference “Autonomy in Digital Society” hosted by the Digital Human Science committee, Stockholm University. November 7, 2019

Drozdzewski, D. and Webster, N “Walking among the dead: encountering the past digitally and with movement” at Thinking on the Move: The Possibilities and Problems of Walking Sociologically at Goldsmiths, London. September 5-6 2019

Drozdzewski, D. and Webster, N. “How feminist and gendered critiques of pedagogic vernacular draw focus on emotions in our teaching” RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019. August 30, 2019

Avesta Kommun - Jubileumsnätverksträff - Kvinnors företagande: “Who gets to be an entrepreneur?  Feminist perspectives in entrepreneur research” May 10 2019

Webster, N and Riaño, Y. Session Convenors "The spatialities of migrant entrepreneurship" at the 2019 Nordic Geographers Meeting. 

Webster, N. and Haandrikman, K. "Unpacking privilege: Exploring privileged migrant women’s entrepreneurship in the Swedish Labour Market" Uppsala University, September 28 2018

Webster, N. "Rural Entrepreneurship, gender and the gig economy" at theRural Entrepreneurship Symposium, SLU, October 16 2018

Webster, N. and Haandrikman, K. "Unpacking privilege: Exploring privileged migrant women’s entrepreneurship in the Swedish Labour Market" at 19th Nordic Migration Research Conference 2018 (NMR-Conference), Session 7, Embeddedness of Mix – Policy Responses to Immigrant Entrepreneurship. August 16 2018.

Webster, N. "Learning from women entrepreneurs? Reflections on early women academic careers from an entrepreneurial discourse perspective” at Centre for Regional Studies together with CGF – Center för genusforskning, Karlstad University, Sweden (September 5 2018)

Webster, N. Keynote Speaker at New Wave 2018"“Learning from women entrepreneurs: Reflections on early careers in academia” at Faculty of Science of Charles University, Prague Czech Republic (May 31 - June 1 2018)

Webster, N. "Thai Women Entrepreneurs in Sweden" for Transnational Migration, family, and (health) care  at University of Sussex, Brighton England  (May 1 2018)

Webster, N. "Women’s entrepreneurship from a research perspective: How can feminist perspectives be used to understand entrepreneurial activities?" Business in Heart - Women's Entrepreneur Network, Stockholm. (February 21 2018)

Webster, N. and Zhang, Q. "Migrant entrepreneurship and the gig economy: A case study of a Stockholm Start-Up" Stockholm Sessions on Migration,SUDA. 13 March 2018, 2.00 PM 

Webster, N and Haandrikman, K. “Unpacking privilege: Exploring privileged migrant women’s entrepreneurship in the Swedish Labour Market” Oral Presentation at the Immigration and Labour Market Integration. A European Challenge for the 21st Centrury. November 13–15, 2017, Gothenburg Sweden 
Haandrikman, K. and Webster, N. “Mångfald dag: Migration och Social Förandring” November 2, 2017, Sundsvall Sweden

Webster, N. ” You don't know what you don't know” PhD Welcome Day.  September 27 2017. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Webster, N. “Gender and Social Practices in Migration: The case of Thai women in rural Sweden”. Forum för Feminist Forskning, Stockholm September 27 2017.

Webster, N. et al. Workshop convenor. "Mobilities, gender, racial and other social inequalities in rural Europe"The XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Krakow, Poland. 24 -27 July 2017

Webster, N. and Siim, P. Session convenors. "Everyday mobilities: family and individual experiences of translocalities" Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017. Please see link for call for papers. 

Webster, N. and Caretta, M.A. Session convenors. "Women in geography: is there a disciplinary glass ceiling? Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017. Please see link for call for papers. 

Webster, N. “Rural-to-Rural Translocal Practices: Thai Women entrepreneurs in the Swedish countryside” February 7 2017. Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Webster, N.  "Rural-to-rural translocalism: The entrepreneurial practices of Thai migrant women in rural Sweden" at the Stockholm Sessions on Migration, February 2017

Webster N.: Session Organizer. "Daily practices and global countrysides" , at the  IRSA Congress 2016, Toronto, Canada, 10 -14 August 2016, at Ryerson University

Webster N and Woods, M: Panel Discussion Organizers, "Researching the Everyday Global Countryside" at the  IRSA Congress 2016, Toronto, Canada, 10 -14 August 2016, at Ryerson University

Webster, N, with Forum for Feminist Research: Panel Discussion Organizer and Moderator. The Refugee Crisis – For whom? (Flyktingkris – för vem?) March 17, 2016 at Södra Teatre in Stockholm


Scientific Affiliations:

SPaDE (The Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe); Association of American Geographers; Canadian Association of Geographers; Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi

Peer Reviewer for:

Environment and Planning A; Qualitative Research; Nordic Journal of Migration Research; Progress in Human Geography; Geoforum; ACME; Journal of Rural Studies; Gender, Place and Culture; Geographical Research; Entrepreneurship and Regional Development; NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research; Genus: Journal of Population Sciences; International Journal of entrepreneurship; International Migration; Nordic Journal of Social Research; Journal of Family Issues; Géneros. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies; Sage Publications (Research Methods); Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Emotion, Space and Society

Community Service:

Former Chair (2017 - 2019) of Forum för feministisk forskning  (Forum for Feminist Research)

Local Planning Committee Member- Nordic Geographer's Meeting June 18-21 2017, Stockholm Sweden.

Last updated: January 31, 2020

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