Marcia Vera Espinoza

Research Fellow

Marcia Vera Espinoza is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the MIGPROSP project. She is based in the Department of Politics, the University of Sheffield, UK, where she also teaches the MA modules the Politics of Global Migration (2015-2017) and Business, Labour and Migration (2017-2018). Marcia pursued her undergraduate studies in Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Chile and then moved to Sheffield, where she completed her MA in International Studies and PhD in Human Geography. Her PhD research, awarded in 2016, 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.

Marcia has been writing and researching about migrants and refugees since 2004 as part of her work as journalist and then in her academic career. Marcia is part of the steering committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research at Sheffield network and she has organised and presented in various conferences and workshops around topics related to migration, development and Latin America. 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.

Latest publications:
Vera Espinoza, M. 2017. Extra-regional refugee resettlement in South America: the Palestinian experience, in Forced Migration Review (56) 47-49.
Vera Espinoza, M. 2018. The Politics of Resettlement: Expectations and unfulfilled promises in Chile and Brazil. In Garnier, A, Lyra Jubilut, L. and Bergtora Sandvik, K. (Eds), Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance. New York: Berghahn Books. [In press]
Geddes A. and Vera Espinoza, M. 2018 Framing Understandings of International Migration: How Governance Actors Make Sense of Migration in Europe and South America. In Margueritis, A. (Ed), Shaping Migration between Europe and Latin America. New Approaches and Challenges. London: ILAS publications. ISBN-13: 978-1-908857-45-3 [In press]
Oldekop, J., Fontana, L., Grugel, J., Roughton, N., Adu, E.A., Bird, G., Wallin, S., Dorgan, A., Vera Espinoza, M., Hammett, D., et al. 2016. ‘100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda,’. Development Policy Review. Volume 34, Issue 1. Pages 55–82.

Research topics: international migration governance, refugee and migrants integration, citizenship, belonging and development
Geographic areas: Latin America, Europe and Asia