Åsne Håndlykken-Luz

Åsne Håndlykken-Luz


Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for kultur, religion og samfunnsfag
Campus Drammen (4222)
Åsne is a PhD research fellow in Culture studies at the University of South-Eastern Norway where she is working on the research project “Cartographies of (in)visible cities: Exploring imaginary, biopolitics and resistance in Rio de Janeiro”. Her research explores urban cultures, urban experiences and politics, with a particular focus on everyday experiences, the role of the senses, social inequalities, citizenship, urban militarization and urban change in cities in the global south. She has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in South Africa and Brazil. Åsne was a research fellow at the University of Bergamo in Italy and Universidade Federal Fluminense (2010-2014). She holds a master’s degree in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology from the University of Maastricht.


  • Cultural studies
  • Urban sociology and urban anthropology
  • Postcolonialism and decoloniality
  • Everyday urban politics
  • Visual anthropology and visual methods
  • Ethics
  • Studies on Society, Science and Technology (STS)
  • Cities in the global South
  • Citizenship
  • Power, racism and space
  • Peripheries
  • Social inequalities

Research interests

Urban cultures, urban experiences and politics, with a particular focus on everyday experiences, space, the role of the senses, social inequalities, citizenship, social justice, ethics, racism, power, social movements, social media, peripheries, global south, urban militarization and urban change in cities.


Professional experience

  • Visiting scholar Universidade de Lisboa, IGOT, The Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (2019)
  • PhD researcher, ISCTE, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Department of sociology (2019)
  • PhD research fellow, Culture Studies, USN (2018-2021)
  • Senior advisor, rectorate, USN (2018-2021)
  • Senior advisor, Department of research and innovation, USN (2016-2018)
  • Assistant project manager KLOK (Kvinnelige forskere, Læring, Organisasjon og Kjønnsbalanse) (2015-2016)
  • Research fellow, Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones, the University of Bergamo (2010-2014). 
  • Guest researcher, Institute of Art and Social communication, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil (2011-2013)
  • Guest researcher, Faculty of Philology, Hermeneia research centre for Literary studies and Digital technology, Universidade de Barcelona, Spain


  • PhD candidate, Culture studies, USN (2018-2021)
  • MA European Studies on Society, Technology and Science (ESST), Governance of Innovation and Technological Cultures in the Global South and North, from the University of Maastricht (2010). Fieldwork in South Africa.
  • BA Culture and history of ideas, University of Oslo (The National University of Singapore (NUS), University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, University of Bamako, Mali).
  • BA Fashion design, Nouvelle Couture, cultures, technology, sustainability and identities, Ecole Supérieure de l’Art et Technique de la Mode, Paris (2005).



English, French, Brazilian Portuguese (fluent)

Spanish, Italian, German (basic)



Racism is a perfect crime”: favela residents’ everyday experiences of police pacification, urban militarization, and prejudice in Rio de Janeiro, Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2020, 43 (16), 348-367.

Polyhedron of Powers, Displacements, Socio-Spatial Negotiations and Residents’ Everyday Experiences in a “Pacified” Favela. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 2019, 18 (6). 

Exploring the politics of Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) in the context of contemporary South Africa; how are open policies implemented in practice? The Journal of Community Informatics - Special Issue: Community Informatics and Open Government Data. 2012 8(2) ISSN: 1712-4441.

Digital Cities in the making: exploring perceptions of space, agency of actors and heterotopia (C-Legenda - n. 25, feb. 2012. ISSN 1519-0617)

Tecnologias digitais, redefinições do espaço e novas territorialidades (Estação Transmídia, in Ciberlegenda, no. 25. 2011. ISSN 1519-0617)

Book reviews

No laughing matter: race joking and resistance in Brazilian social media, by Luiz Valério P. Trindade, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1867218.



-Urban militarization, pacification, racism, necropolitics, biopolitics, whitening, peripheral urbanization, coloniality of power, decolonial territories, favelas.

-Open Source, FLOSS, Free/Libre/Open/Source Software, Open contenet, Open Gouvernment Data, South Africa, politics, policy, freedom, inequalities
-Urban space, architecture, sentient cities, biopolitics, connectivity, heterotopia, Power, Foucault
-Favela, UPP (Police Pacification Unit), dispositif, polyhedron, everyday urban politics, urbanization in the global south