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Janne Bjerre Christensen

Ph.D. International Development Studies

Academic Profile

Trained as an anthropologist Janne Bjerre Christensen has been working on Iran since 1997, doing fieldwork on the interactions of state and civil society, Iran’s drug policies, NGOs, youth, marriage and gender. She is currently engaged in a postdoc project on the consequences of the economic sanctions against Iran, domestically and in regard to Iran’s foreign policy towards China and Afghanistan, and on Iran's drug diplomacy.

Sample Publications

2015: • “Addiction trajectories”, Book review, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21, 1, p. 231-232. 2014: • ”Vesten står med en stor chance som ikke må spildes”, Jyllands-Posten, 5.11.2014. 2013: • Irans risikable isolation: sanktionerne set fra Teheran. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS Report 2013:11. 2012: • “How to study the foreign policy of a fragmented state? Sanctioning Iran and its consequences”, unpublished paper, Anthropology meets International Relations: potentials, prospects and pitfalls, conference, 29-30 November 2012, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. • “Being kicked out of Iran: Complicity, compassion and the sovereign ’state affect’”. unpublished essay, DIIS competition, September 2012. • “Changing drug policies: Institutionalizing a new social order”, in: Hooglund & Steenberg (eds): Navigating Iran’s “Essence”: Challenging Accepted Perceptions. London, New York: Routledge. • ”Rapport fra Teheran”, Jyllands-Posten, 21.11.2012. • ”Ghosts of revolution”, Book review, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18, 3, p. 710-711 2011: • Drugs, Deviancy and Democracy in Iran: The Interaction of State and Civil Society. London, New York: I.B. Tauris. • Strained Alliances: Iran’s troubled relations to Afghanistan and Pakistan. København: Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, DIIS Report 2011:03. • ”Klimapolitik: Rygter, røgslør og relationer på COP15,” Tidsskriftet Antropologi, no. 64. 2010: • The politically blinding agreement: COP15, the Danish strategy and the influence of Danish NGOs, unpublished field report, Waterworlds, department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. • “Young and Defiant”, Book review, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, no.16, p.205-6. 2009: • “Irans nye, brutale orden,” Weekendavisen, 14.8.2009. • Facing the State: Drugs, Deviancy and Democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran, PhD thesis, Roskilde University. 2008: • “Tehran Methadonia,” in: Halasa & Bahari (eds): Transit Tehran. Young Iran and Its Inspirations, Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.

Current Position

postdoc, Danish Institute for International Studies