Dr. Marcia A. Vera Espinoza


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Marcia joined the Department of Politics in December 2015, as a postdoctoral research associate in the“Prospects for International Migration Governance” (MIGPROSP) project led by Professor Andrew Geddes.

Marcia has degrees in Human Geography, International Studies, Social Communication and Journalism. She recently finished her PhD research in the Geography Department at the University of Sheffield. The research explored the experiences of resettlement and integration of Palestinian and Colombian refugees in Chile and Brazil, and analysed the extent and ways in which the resettlement programme is implemented in South America. The research engaged with literature about refugee integration and uncertainty in order to develop the notion of ‘unsettlement’, understood as the condition by which refugees’ feelings of uncertainty and instability extend and normalise, from displacement and transit, into the resettlement experience. Unsettlement is further explored in relation to scales of citizenship, translocal belongings and the politics of refugee resettlement.

Marcia’s current research post is part of the ERC funded MIGPROSP project, aimed to develop comparative regional analysis of the micro-political foundations of the governance of international migration and assessing their implications for adaptation and change in these governance systems. The project focuses on the context within which decisions are made about migration in governance systems in four world regions (Europe/EU, North America/NAFTA, South America/MERCOSUR and Asia-Pacific/APEC) and explores implications for institutional change.

In 2014, Marcia was awarded one of eight SIID-ESRC fellowships to be part of the project Latin American Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that aimed to identify the main priorities, barriers and opportunities that the SDGs agenda represented for the region. Previously, she was research assistant in the ID100 project, a participatory exercise that contributed to the discussion on the post-2015 development agenda through the identification of 100 key questions in international development.

Marcia is also co-administrator of the Migration Research Network at Sheffield.

Research interests: forced migration, refugee integration, citizenship, belonging, migration governance, Latin America, development.

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