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Heidi Østbø Haugen

I am the principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant project BROKEX January 2019 to December 2023. I also head the project “Moving up the value chain: Intermediation in industrial upgrading in the Pearl River Delta,” funded by the Research Council of Norway (2018-2021).

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. My disciplinary background is in Human Geography.

My research has focused on various forms of Chinese global engagements. I collected data about the Beijing Olympic bid process in 2001-2 while studying Chinese at Beijing Normal University. In 2003, I did fieldwork among Chinese business owners in Cape Verde together with Jørgen Carling. During the next five years, I held non-academic positions at the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the World Food Program’s West Africa Bureau. In 2009, I arrived in Guangzhou to collect data for my PhD in Human Geography about trade and migration between China and West Africa. Brokerage played a strong role in these flows of people, goods, and money. My current theoretical interest in brokerage was originally inspired by such empirical observations.

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Dong, Niu & Heidi Østbø Haugen (in production) Social workers in China: Professional identity in the making. British Journal of Social Work.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) The unmaking of a commodity: Intermediation and the entanglement of power cables in Nigeria. Environment and Planning A, 50(6): 1295-1313.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) China‒Africa exports: Governance through mobility and sojourning. Journal of Contemporary Asia. (Online first https://doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2018.1517897).

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) Residence Registration in China’s Immigration Control: Africans in Guangzhou. In Lehmann, A. & P. Leonard Destination China. Immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era. Palgrave Macmillan: Heidelberg: pp. 45-64.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) Petty commodities, serious business: The governance of fashion jewelry chains between China and Ghana. Global Networks, 18(2):307-325.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2018) From Pioneers to Professionals: African Brokers in a Maturing Chinese Marketplace. African Studies Quarterly, 17(4): 45-62.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2017) Sending Forth the Best: African Missions in China. In Hodgson, D.L. & J. Byfield (eds.) Global Africa. University of California Press, Oakland: pp 183-192.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2017) Prospective moments, eternal salvation: The production of hope in Nigerian Pentecostal churches in China. In Kleist, N and D Thorsen (eds) Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration. New York: Routledge: pp 94-112.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2013) 'African Pentecostal Migrants in China: Marginalization and the Alternative Geography of a Mission Theology'. African Studies Review 56(1):81-102. Full text (pdf). Reprinted with the permission of ©African Studies Association (original link).

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2013) ‘China’s recruitment of African university students: Policy efficacy and unintended outcomes’. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11(3): pp 315-334. Link.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2012) ‘Nigerians in China: A Second State of Immobility’. International Migration 50(2): pp 65-80. 

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2011) Chinese Exports to Africa: Competition, Complementarity and Cooperation between Micro-Level Actors. Forum for Development Studies.  38(2), pp 157-176 . Full text (pdf).

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2008) “A Very Natural Choice”: The Construction of Beijing as an Olympic City during the Bid Period, In Monroe, Price & Daniel, Dayan (ed.),  Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the new China.  University of Michigan Press.  ISBN 978-047-207-0329.  Chapter 5,  pp 145-162.

Haugen, Heidi Østbø (2005) Time and Space in Beijing’s Olympic Bid. Norwegian Journal of Geography 59(3), pp 217- 227

Haugen, Heidi Østbø & Carling, Jørgen (2005) 'On the edge of the Chinese diaspora: The surge of baihuo business in an African city', Vol. 28, No. 4 July 2005 pp. 639-662.. Ethnic and Racial Studies.  ISSN 0141-9870.  28(4), pp 639- 662