Steffen Jensen


Project Senior Researcher, Professor at Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University

Department: Prevention of Urban Violence

Africa, Asia,


Phone: +45 3693 8622

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New programme: Violent Exchange as Urban Citizenship: Investigating Policing Encounters in the global South

Specialization and geographical focus
I have a degree in International Development Studies, specialised in the interdisciplinary study of rural and urban development issues, including those relating to conflict and state and non-state violence, justice, local politics, human rights and issues of inequality. I have conducted extensive participatory fieldwork in Denmark, South Africa, Algeria and the Philippines. I have an established track record of teaching, research, and fundraising, as well as of development consultancy within my own organisation and elsewhere.

I have 17 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels, including lecturing, seminar teaching, and tutorial supervision at University of Copenhagen, University of Roskilde and the Danish International Study Abroad Program (DIS). I have co-supervised or am supervising eleven PhD-students and have acted as external examiner at several PhD-defenses in Denmark and internationally. I have also given guest lectures at universities in Denmark, England, the USA, Philippines and South Africa.

Consultancy and advisory work
As part of my job at DIGNITY, I carry out regular consultancy work in South Africa with the Centre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Community Healing Network and in the Philippines with Balay Rehabilitation. These consultancies include regular visits to partner organizations, collaborative research projects, monitoring, reviews and supervision of knowledge generating projects. Besides these regular consultancy tasks, I have carried out consultancies for the Danish Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration, the Danish National Police and the National Institute for Welfare Research (SFI). I have provided policy advice for Copenhagen Municipality, Danish Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration, the South African Parliament Justice Portfolio Committee. I have participated in media debates in Danish National Radio (Radio, DR1 and DR2), TV2 Information, Politiken, Jyllandsposten, Berlingske (Denmark), Mail and Guardian and SAfm (South Africa).

Invited academic presentations
I have delivered 13 keynote or plenary presentations and more than 50 invited academic presentations in Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, the Philippines, the United States, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, South Africa, Chile and Canada.

Conference and workshop organisation
I have organised international conferences in the US, France, Canada and South Africa on a variety of topics ranging from human rights and state officials, non-state-actors, radicalization and youth mobilization, confinement, policing and victimhood.

Grants & awards
Since 2002, I have been awarded research grants and projects alone and with colleagues and student worth approximately DKK18 million

I have authored, co-authored, or edited over 50 publications including some 30 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters with a focus on with a focus on the effects and consequences of violence for rural and urban development issues, including those relating to conflict and state and non-state violence, justice, local politics, human rights and issues of inequality. They include:

Books and edited volumes

  • (2014) Histories of Victimhood (edited with Henrik Rønsbo). Philadelphia: Penn University Press
  • (2009) Human Rights and State Violence: State officials in the South (edited with Andrew Jefferson). London Routledge.
  • (2008) Gangs, Politics & Dignity in Cape Town. Oxford: James Currey Publishers

Journal Articles

  • (2014) Conflicting Logics of Exceptionality: New Beginnings and the Problem of Police Violence in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Development and Change, 45: 3
  • (2012) Shosholoza: Political Culture in South Africa between the Secular and the Occult, Journal of Southern African Studies, 38(1): 91-106.
  • (2010) The Security and Development Nexus in Cape Town: War on Gangs, Counterinsurgency and Citizenship/Jensen, Steffen Bo. In Security Dialogue, vol. 47, 1: 77-98

Partner collaborations
Together with partners in South Africa and the Philippines, I have also produced a number of different reports and other products. They include:

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