Dr. Sine Plambech is an anthropologist, author, film director, and Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies.

She specializes in the areas of migration, smuggling, trafficking, and the sex industry. She works and film in migrant communities, border areas, red-light districts, and along migrant routes in West Africa, Asia, Europe’s southern border, and Denmark.

Plambech’s current research deals with women arriving as undocumented migrants from and through Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean. In particular, she engages with the contemporary “European migration crisis” concerning the urgent issue of women as refugees and migrants.

With the multi-award-winning films Heartbound and Fra Thailand til Thy, Sine Plambech stepped firmly onto the international documentary film scene.

Sine is an avid public speaker, invited to speak at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, the University of London, Columbia University, and several Danish institutions. Her work is featured in a variety of popular media outlets, such as the New Yorker, BBC, Le Monde, and Deutsche Welle.

She dedicates her time to research, filmmaking, and social justice movements on the rights of migrants, women and sex workers.

Sine welcomes invitations to speak and screen films, in addition to interview requests.

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Senior Researcher, DIIS – the Danish Institute for International Studies

Visiting Professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA

Head of a research project on human trafficking, United Nations, Bangkok, Thailand.


PhD in Social Anthropology. University of Copenhagen & DIIS, Denmark

MA in Social Anthropology, Lund University, Sweden

MA Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz

Diploma in Journalism, Danish School of Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark

BA in Social Anthropology & International Development, Lund University, Sweden


Politikens Litteraturpris 2023, Nomineret

Montanas Litteraturpris 2023, Nomineret

The Carlsberg Monograph Fellowship

Sapere Aude Talent Award, Danish Research Council

Bodil Prisen, Nominated, Best Documentary

Statens Kunstfond - Danish Arts Foundation’s Special Award for Ethnographic Film

American Anthropological Association’s Film Award

The British Royal Anthropological Institute’s Film Award

Danish Association of Ethnographers Communication Award

The Golden Eye Award, Zürich International Film Festival

Dublin International Human Rights Film Festival, Best Feature

Budapest International Film Festival, Best Feature

Docville International Film Festival, Belgium, Best Feature

DOCNYC - Documentary Film Festival – New York City, Nominated, Best Documentary

See full CV here