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Jytte Agergaard

Jytte Agergaard

Associate Professor

  • Geography

    Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 København K, 06, Building: 06.2.643

    Phone: +45 35 32 25 67Fax: +45 35 32 25 01

Research profile

My research focuses on human mobility and migration dynamics in relation to rural-urban transformations in the global South and cuts across the fields of social, economic and development geography. I have been particularly concerned with investigating how livelihood dynamics are linked to regional and global processes in forming multi-locale practices. At the outset, I focused on the rural end of the rural-urban divide, but I am now increasingly preoccupied with exploring the urban end including urban transformations. My research has also investigated the provision of basic primary education and how it impacts on geographical and social inequities. Initially my primary research area was Nepal, subsequently it became Vietnam, and more recently I have started to also work in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Tanzania. I have a particular interest in conducting comparative research and in bringing historical and biographical methodologies and perspectives to the fore.

Current research projects 

African rural-city connections (RurbanAfrica), is funded by the European Commission FP7, 20.2 million DKK (€ 2.7 million) for 4 years, 2012-2016. I am the principal investigator (PI) of this major research project, which brings together researchers from Denmark, the Netherlands, France, UK, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda and Cameroon. The aim is to explore the connections between rural transformations, mobility, and urbanization processes and analyze how these contribute to an understanding of the scale, nature and location of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Webpage:

Nepal on the Move: Conflict, Migration and Stability (NeMO), is funded by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU), 9.99 million DKK for 4 years (2011-2015), led by Aarhus University. The project, which includes 5 PhD researchers, is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Kathmandu University (Nepal), the North-Eastern Hill University (India), and University of Copenhagen. The project seeks to understand how the diverse mobility processes, linked to changing patterns of migration, have led to diverse forms of multi-locality that challenge and stimulate the current nation-building project in Nepal. I am co-leader of the project and in charge of sub-study 5: ‘Movers, stayers and mobile citizenship building up a New Nepal: a perspective from Eastern Nepal’. Webpage:

Rural-Urban Complementarities for the Reduction of Poverty (RUCROP), is funded by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU), with 4.96 million DKK for 3 years, 2010-2013. The project is led by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Geology (DGG), University of Copenhagen. The aim is to explore rural-urban complementarities developed through links between dynamic agricultural transformation and emerging urban centers, and how this corresponds with changing credit and saving opportunities. I am part of the Danish team. Webpage:

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