Dr Marcia A. Vera Espinoza
Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIGPROSP Project
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 1652
Room: Elmfield Lodge
Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza 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 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.
Dr Vera Espinoza’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, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific) and explores implications for institutional change.
Research interests: forced migration, refugee integration, citizenship, belonging, migration governance, Latin America, development.
My teaching places students as main actors of their learning experience. They are encouraged to develop critical thinking while they take the lead in constructing scenarios that allow them to ground ideas, theoretical frameworks and methodologies to praxis. I value and recognize students’ professional and personal experiences as pivotal in developing their knowledge and independence of thought. In my modules, I encourage active participation, reflexive practices and the development of various academic and professional skills. My research-led teaching aims to foster critical thinking around the complexities and multiple-levels and actors involved in migration dynamics and governance.
In 2017-2018, I am co-teaching a module in the Global Political Economy MA, “Business, Labour and Migration” with Genevieve LeBaron. At the Politics Department I also taught the MA module POL6003: The Politics of Global Migration (Module Leader 2015 – 2017) and the level 3 undergraduate module POL3147: The Politics of Asylum.
I have also taught in the Department of Geography and for the Faculty of Social Sciences:
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PhD Modules – Faculty of Social Sciences:
Marcia is a Research Associate, since December 2015, in the MIGPROSP project:
Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP)
Grants and Awards
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.
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