I am a Sweden-born writer/journalist, editor and political scientist living in Beirut since 2009 and working across the Middle East and South Asia – sometimes beyond as well.
I write mainly on politics, society and development, on issues ranging from refugees and migration to urban heritage and cultural expressions. With each story, I try to inspire readers to look beyond and find new perspectives, discovering things about society and the world where we live. Ultimately, as any journalist knows, it is the people we meet who make up the stories. I have been lucky and very happy to meet people who have shared their experiences: exiled Syrian football players, restaurant-owners in Delhi serving food to people in the streets, Filipino expat teachers volunteering in war-time Libya, boat-hospital doctors traveling up and down the rivers of Bangladesh, sisterly generations of artisans in Guatemala, inspirational and courageous queer and cross-gender individuals from Iraq and Sri Lanka, and many many more.
My work has been published in outlets including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, IRIN News, American VICE, The National (UAE), The Caravan (India) and Turkish Review, as well as Scandinavian outlets like Sydsvenskan, Aftenposten, Politiken, SvD, Fokus, Omvärlden, Hufvudstadsbladet, Hemslöjd, KIT and Vi läser.
In 2010, I was part of co-founding Mashallah News, an online publication on society, culture and urban change in the Middle East. We started the magazine as a response to mainstream media’s persistant focus on politics and conflict when covering the region, and began to instead seek out inspirational, less-told and everyday stories. We have continued to publish these stories, told by journalists and photographers from our network for contributors in cities from Algiers and Casablanca in the west to Tehran and Baghdad in the east. In March 2014 we published Beirut Re-Collected, our first book in the form of an anthology gathering stories from the Lebanese capital.