Dorina has a broader interest in governance/governmentality, social control, and punishment, precarity, embodiment, and subjectivity, particularly related to i/mobility.
Dorina holds a Master’s degree in The Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She has worked as a research assistant in various projects at the University of Oslo, University of Yunnan, and University of St Andrews.
Dorina’s research explores migrant trajectories in an in/hospitable Scandinavian context. She focuses on the migrant perspective in relation to the criminalization of mobility, more specifically precarity, migrant life strategies and tactics, the embodied consequences of othering, notions of identity, equality, justice and rights among migrants, and infrastructures of mobility. She follows migrants as they seek to advance their prospects through a terrain of in/hospitable governance measures. The research seeks to challenge the static ‘guest/host’ binary and the portrayal of migrants as passive actors, lacking agency or capacity to circumvent, subvert, or affect governance. As such, it bears relevance to theories of mobility, sovereignty, governmentality, and non-political resistance, while specifically contributing to ongoing debates on Nordicity, by examining in/hospitable governance in the Nordic welfare state.
Dorina teaches seminars in KRIM1300
Dorina has received a grant from the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology to explore foreign nationals’ subjective experience of punishment in Scandinavian prisons.
- Damsa, Dorina & Ugelvik, Thomas (2017). A difference that makes a difference? Reflexivity and researcher effects in an all-foreign prison. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. ISSN 1609-4069. 16 . doi: tps://doi.org/10.1177/1609406917713132 Full text in Research Archive
- Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). A difference that makes a difference? Reflexivity and researcher effects in an all-foreign prison.
- Ugelvik, Thomas & Damsa, Dorina (2017). Pains of imprisonment revisited: Perspectives from a Norwegian crimmigration prison.