Erna Bodström

Research Fellow +358 40 678 2021

D. Soc. Sc.

  • Refugeehood and residence permits
  • Asylum process
  • Asylum politics
  • Asylum activism
  • Integration and citizenship
  • Administrative texts
  • Textual and visual methods






My research and expertise widely address matters related to asylum: asylum seeking, asylum process and asylum politics. In my research, I combine my background as a communication scholar to refugee studies, by focusing especially on administrative texts related to asylum; asylum decisions among others. I am also a specialist in asylum politics and the residence permit system in Finland, and have worked and volunteered with these matters for several years also outside the academia.


Endings – Refuge, Time, and Space (Koneen Säätiö, 2023-2026)

Relevant publications

Bodström, Erna (2022). Turvapaikka-asiakirjat ja karkotus [Asylum documents and deportation]. In E. Lyytinen, S. Pellander & P. Pirkkalainen (Eds.), Suomesta poistetut: näkökulmia karkotuksiin ja käännytyksiin. Tampere: Vastapaino.

Bodström, Erna (2022). Illusions of objectivity. The two functions of country of origin information in asylum assessment, Migration Studies.

Bodström, Erna (2022). Kilpailevat argumentit vuonna 2015 Suomeen saapuneiden afganistanilaisten turvapaikkapäätöksissä [Competing arguments in asylum decisions of Afghans arrived in Finland in 2015], Media & viestintä, 45(3), 57–79.

Bodström, Erna; Haavisto, Camilla & Laaksonen, Salla-Maaria (2022). Rautatientorin mielenosoitus poliittisen osallistumisen tilana [The Railway Square Demonstration as a space of political participation]. In P. Kettunen (Ed.), Maahanmuuttaneiden poliittinen osallistuminen. Turku: Siirtolaisinstituutti.

Bodström, Erna (2021). The extraordinary. Asylum process as an intertextual chain. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Laaksonen, Salla-Maaria; Bodström, Erna & Haavisto, Camilla (2021). Finding the voice of a protest: negotiating authority among the multiplicity of voices in pro-refugee demonstration. In C. Benoit-Barné & T. Martine (Eds.), Speaking with one voice: New perspectives on organizing. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 65–87.

Bodström, Erna (2020). Asylum decisions as a performance. Intertextuality in internal credibility assessment. International Journal of Refugee Law, 30(4), pp. 623–644.

Bodström, Erna (2020). “Because Migri says so”. Legitimation in negative asylum decisions in Finland. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 10(2), pp. 5–19.

Bodström, Erna (2020). “Welcome to Fantasy Finland!” Integration as a cultural process in Information Packages of Finnish Ministries in years 2000-2018 [Doctoral dissertation.] Helsinki: University of Helsinki.


Forced Migration and Refugee Studies course (University of Turku and Open University of Turku, 2023-)

Advanced Research Methods in Communication, Text Analysis (University of Helsinki, 2014-2016, 2018)