Annika Pohl Harrisson

Annika Pohl Harrisson

Annika Pohl Harrisson, Ph.D. Annika_Pohl_Harrisson

Visiting researcher

Department of Ecological Anthropology


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Research interests

My research interests span state-society relations in borderlands, governance, security and identity, human-animal relations and biosecurity. Currently I am holding a postdoc position at Aarhus University in the project Fencing the Feral - Biosecurity and the Invasive Other in the Danish-German Borderlands. I investigate how national spaces and borders are coproduced through the spatial strategies of fencing, discourses of (bio)security and the invasive other.


2019 PhD in Anthropology from Aarhus University (AU). The PhD was part of the research project Everyday Justice and Security in the Myanmar Transition, funded by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research and coordinated by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). 

2011 MSc in Anthropology (AU)

2007 BA in Social Anthropology and Ethnography & Suppl. in Political Science (AU)

Professional Experience

2021- Department of Anthropology, AU | Postdoctoral Scholar

2018-20   Departments of Anthropology & Archaeology and Heritage Studies, AU| Departmental Coordinator

2012 - 2015 Human Security Programme, AU | Research Assistant

2010 – 2011 Department of Anthropology, “Researching Buddhism and Modernity, AU| Research Assistant

2008 - 2009 IUCN Mangroves For the Future (MFF) Programme in Thailand  | Intern

Peer reviewed publications

2021 Harrisson, Annika Pohl: “Fish Caught in Clear Water:  Encompassed State-Making in Southeast Myanmar”, in Territory, Politics, Governance. (vol.9, no.4. Pp. 533-552)

2020 Harrisson, Annika Pohl: "Everyday trepidation: State affects and mental absconding in a marginal neighborhood in Myanmar " In Everyday Justice in the Myanmar Transition, edited by Helene Mari-a Kyed. Copenhagen: NIAS press.

2019 Harrisson, Annika Pohl, and Helene Maria Kyed: "Ceasefire State-Making and Justice Provision by Ethnic Armed Groups in Southeast Myanmar."  Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34 (No .2):290–326.

2018 Harrisson, Annika Pohl: "Everyday Justice for Muslims in Mawlamyine: Subjugation and Skilful Navigation".  Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship Volume 1, no.2.

Academic reports

2017 Harrisson, Annika Pohl: “Local conflict resolution strategies and unequal access to justice in Mon State”, T.note n.44 October 2017. RISE series #8.  (Policy brief)

2016 Kyed, Helene Maria, Annika Pohl Harrisson, and Gerard McCarthy: Local Democracy in Myanmar: Reflections on ward and village tract elections in 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS. (2016) (Roundtable Summary)

Professional Memberships

2015-2019 Ph.D. Research School on Peace & Conflict at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), Norway.