Department of Management, Society and Communication

PhD fellow

Room: DH.C.2.04
E-mail: pbae.msc@cbs.dk
Pernille Bærendtsen

My research for my PhD explores what ordinary people care about and how they engage extraordinarily in helping others in everyday life and crisis outside of the formal and traditional structures of humanitarian action. By looking into the motivation of non-traditional humanitarian actors – in this case, the Tanzanian diaspora in Denmark - and how they respond to the needs of others within the global North to South relationship, my thesis aims at contributing to a more diverse understanding of humanitarianism with an intimate focus on the individual, family, network and everyday life, asking who givers are, why and how they help.

I have a master in African Studies from University of Copenhagen (2017); I have a diverse experience from the Danish development sector with special interests in civil society, grassroots, activism, culture and communication; I have worked as development worker, trainer and journalist in East Africa, and I have lived for longer periods of time in Serbia, northern Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania.

Primary research areas
  • Africa 
  • Tanzania
  • Humanitarianism
  • Development
  • Diaspora
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Lisa Ann Richey; Line Engbo Gissel; Opportuna L. Kweka; Pernille Bærendtsen; Peter Kragelund; Herbert Qambalo Hambati; Asubisye Mwamfupe / South-South Humanitarianism : The Case of Covid-organics in Tanzania.
In: World Development, Vol. 141, 5.2021
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Academic Interests

Since 2015, Board Member of the Timbuktu Foundation.

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