Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Copenhagen University, where I am presently employed as lecturer. I have previously been employed with Danish Help for Refugees and the FN, and have completed several evaluation schemas for international organisations regarding the rebuilding of war- and catastrophe hit countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Since 2010 I have primarily researched various issues regarding Denmark as a warring nation with special focus on veterans, and have in that connection participated in the development of evaluations, projects, and advisory groups for (to name a few) VELKOMMEN HJEM, the Centre for Handicap Sports, KFUM’s Missions for Soldiers, ManoVision, and The National Research- and Analysis Centre for Welfare (Vive).


I am an appointed member of The Advisory for Research, Culture, and Communication under Denmark’s Free Research Fund.


My most recent publications include:


  1. Sørensen, B.R. & Ben-Ari, E. (under print) . Rethinking civil-military connections: From relations to entanglements. I: B.R. Sørensen & E. Ben-Ari, E,  (eds.), Civil Military Entanglements. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  2. Sørensen, B.R. & Heiselberg, M. (under print).The invisible uniform. Civil-military relations in the everyday life of Danish soldiers’ families. I: B.R. Sørensen & E. Ben-Ari, E. (eds.), Civil Military Entanglements. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  3. Sørensen, B.R. (under print). From war force to work force. Danish veterans’ post-military careers. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  4. Sørensen, B.R. (2017). Post-conflict reconstruction i A. Peto (ed.), Gender: War, (pages 247-267). Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks., Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference USA.
  5. Daugbjerg, M. & Sørensen, B.R. (2017). Becoming a warring nation: the Danish ‘military moment and its repercussions. Critical Military Studies3(1): 1-6.
  6. Sørensen, B.R. (2017). Public Commemorations of Danish Soldiers: Monuments, Memorials and Tombstones. Critical Military Studies 3(1): 27-49.
  7. Sørensen, B.R. & Albris, K. (2016).. The social life of disasters: An anthropological approach, (pages 66-81). I: R. Dahlberg, O. Rubin & M.T. Vendelø (eds.), Disaster Research. Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives. 
  8. Sørensen, B.R. (2015). Veterans’ homecomings: Secrecy and post-deployment social becoming. Current Anthropology, Supplement, 56(12): 231-240.


I was born in 1960 in Kolding, am married, and have a daughter.