(Christian) C Ungruhe

dr. (Christian) C Ungruhe
Academic Researcher Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of History
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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Christian Ungruhe is a social anthropologist working in the fields of migration, youth, work and sport in West Africa and Northern and Central Europe. 

He has joined the research group “Sport and Nation” of Prof. Gijsbert Oonk as Marie Curie Leading Fellow in November 2019. In his project "Mobile Life Worlds. Trajectories of West African football migrants en route and in South-East Asia" he follows footballers who pursuit professional contracts in the Global South. Undertaking a longitudinal approach, he particularly works with players whom he has accompanied since 2010 and looks at the processes of their social and geographical mobilities and subjectivities on the road and in the making.

He has previously worked at Aarhus University (Denmark) in a postdoc project on after career life course trajectories of West African footballers in Northern Europe (2015-2019). His work particularly dealt with players’ ambivalent experiences of precarity and their communication in transnational settings (e.g. with kin and friends at home).

In 2015 he completed his PhD project at Bayreuth University (Germany) in which he dealt with the relationship between internal migration practices and the negotiations of life phases among young people in Ghana. Beside this, he was working in a project on the trajectories of West African players to Europe and their role in communicating and reinforcing images and racial stereotypes about Black people in Germany.

He started his academic career in 2005 when he graduated from the University of Münster (Germany) with an empirical study on "street children's" life course trajectories in southern Ghana.


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Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam