Dr Keren Weitzberg



Fellow at Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London

Keren Weitzberg is a tech and migration researcher with 10+ years of experience in East Africa conducting fieldwork in cross-cultural, multilingual settings. Keren works at the intersection of science and technology studies, migration studies, and critical race studies, examining problematics related to mobility, digital identity, biometrics, and fintech. She has been published in a variety of forums, ranging from top academic presses to popular blogs, and has worked closely with a range of civil society organizations, non-profits, and artists. Her first book, We Do Not Have Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya (2017) was a finalist for the 2018 African Studies Association Book Prize and named one of Quartz Africa’s favourite books of 2017. Her recent work has included a scoping project for Amnesty International called ‘Defending the Rights of Refugees and Migrants in the Digital Age’, a forthcoming moving-image work on the UK hostile environment with filmmaker Edwin Mingard, and projects on biometrics in the humanitarian sector and counterterrorism industry for Privacy International.