Anette Nyqvist
Anette Nyqvist

Ph.D, Social Anthropology

Anette Nyqvist is associate professor of Social Anthropology, employed as a researcher at Score (Stockholm center for organizational research) and lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Stockholm University.

In a general sense it can be said that Nyqvist’s research interests, so far, has been focused at the nexus of statecraft and market-making. Her contributions within the Anthropology of Organizations and the Anthropology of Policy is noted in volumes such as the Swedish monograph Ombudskapitalisterna. Institutionella ägares röst och roll (Liber, 2015), Organisational Anthropology: Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organizations (with Professor Christina Garsten for Pluto Press, 2013, and the forthcoming monograph Reform and Responsibility in the Remaking of the Swedish National Pension System. Opening the Orange Envelope (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), which is a rewritten and updated version of Nyqvist’s dissertation from 2008 .

Nyqvist’s ongoing research project is how institutional owners, such as pension funds and insurance companies, position themselves as the ‘do gooders’ of financial markets. In a project funded by the Swedish Research Council she is currently investigating how some of the world’s largest institutional owner organizations act within the field of RI (responsible investing). The project The Do-gooders of global finance. An ethnographic inquiry into what pension capital does – and does not do is focused on what some of the world’s largest pension funds do in their attempts to proactively change and better the mining industry.

In addition to this, and connecting back to her previous occupation as a journalist and author, Nyqvist has recently begun to, from an anthropological perspective, look into the role of travel literature as a literary genre that “mediates the world”.

During the academic year 2015/2016 Anette Nyqvist is an invited researcher at both The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) at New York University and The Graduate Center at CUNY, both in New York. She is based in USA through June 2016 to conduct fieldwork.


Selected publications


Reform and Responsibility in the Remaking of the Swedish National Pension System. Opening the Orange Envelope. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Books.

Benefits and Challenges of the Second File, in The Anthropologist as Writer, ed. H. Wulff. New York: Berghahn Books.


Ombudskapitalisterna. Institutionella ägares röst och roll. Stockholm: Liber.

Insecurity in an Orange Envelope. Implications of a Reformed National Pension System in Sweden. PoLAR, Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Vol. 38, No 2.

The Corporation Performed. Minutes from the Rituals of Annual General Meetings. Journal of Organizational Ethnography. Vol. 4, No. 3.

Den författande forskarens röst, in Skrivande om skrivande, eds. B. Borgström, J. Helin, M. Norbäck and E. Raviola. Lund: Studentlitteratur.