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Francis Vinicius Portes Virginio


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Personal Statement

I have been at the department since 2014 as a doctoral researcher and in 2018 I was appointed as a postdoctoral research associate.  Prior to coming to Scotland, I worked closely with migrants, refugees and other vulnerable communities in Latin America, mediating conflict with governmental and non-governmental institutions. My research interests lie in the political economy of labour migration, with a particular focus on the relationship between new patterns of migration and strategies for economic development in the Global South. Over the last four years, I have also been involved in different research projects which draw upon community empowerment and sustainable environmental management. My work as a research associate will examine the formation of southern corridors of migration in the Brazilian Amazonian region and the incorporation of migrant workers in need of Humanitarian protection into industries that are part of ‘sustainable development’ agendas.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the migration-development nexus, employment and regulatory migration frameworks with a particular focus on south-south migration and Latin American development.

Academic / Professional qualifications

I hold a BA in Psychology from the State University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a Double Master’s degree in Intercultural Mediation from KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Lille 3 (France), with complementary studies in Gender Theory and Forced Migration at UNAM in Mexico.


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