School of Geography

Vincent Guermond


PhD student

Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.11


Research interests

Geographies of Marketisation and Financialisation, Political Economy of Remittances, (Digital) Financial Inclusion, Migration-Development Nexus, Social Reproduction and Work, Money and Debt.

PhD research

Contesting new ‘development frontiers’: The uneven financial incorporation of remittance flows and households in Senegal and Ghana

My PhD thesis explores a global migration-development agenda that aims to leverage remittances for development by incorporating remittance flows and households into global financial circuits. Based on ten months of fieldwork in Senegal and Ghana, my dissertation argues that an understanding of the uneven and contested geographies of financial incorporation in the Global South necessitates an integrative approach across Economic, Financial and Development Geography.

Research questions

  • How do remittance markets come into being concretely in Senegal and Ghana?
  • To what extent can remittance flows be incorporated into global financial circuits?
  • How do members of remittance households respond to processes of financial subject formation?



  • 2014-2018: Queen Mary University of London Principal’s Research Studentship

Academic background

  • 2012–2013: MSc Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

Conference presentations

  • ‘Financialising migration? The incorporation of migrants’ money into global finance’ RGS-IBG conference, session: Displacement, finance and data, London, 2019.
  • ‘Financialisation and/or marketisation? The case of remittance-linked digital financial inclusion in Ghana’, Workshop: How to Conceptualise Financialisation in Developing and Emerging Economies?, Cambridge, 2018.
  • ‘Financial(ised) inclusion, financialisation and remittances in Senegal and Ghana’, Workshop: Inclusive or Exclusive Global Development? Scrutinizing Financial Inclusion, York, 2018.
  • ‘The formation of remittance markets in Senegal’, Global Economic Geography Conference, Cologne, 2018.
  • ‘Digital financial inclusion and mobile-based remittance markets in Ghana’, RGS-IBG conference, session: The financialisation of development and the digital “revolution”, Cardiff, 2018.
  • ‘Neoliberalising migrant finance? The financialisation of remittance recipients’, Centre for Migration Studies International Conference, Accra, 2017.
  • ‘Variegated Financialisations: Remittance Sending and Receiving in London, UK and Thies, Senegal’, RGS-IBG conference, session: Financialisation in the Global South, London, 2017.
  • ‘Researching the everyday lived experiences of financialisation amongst remittance recipients in Senegal and Ghana’, RGS-IBG conference, session: Ethnographic methods in economic geography: Applications and potentials, London, 2016.
  • ‘Neoliberalising migrant finance: The financialisation of remittance recipients’, Sussex Migration Graduate Conference, Brighton.

Lectures/Panel presentations

  • ‘Geographies of Fintechs: Mobile Money and Digital Financial Inclusion’, Guest Lecture, UCL, London, 2018.
  • ‘Transnational household and personal debts: Perspectives from remittance recipients’, Workshop: Household and personal debt: international perspectives, LSE, London, 2018.
  • ‘Researching financial practices in everyday life in Senegal and Ghana: Ethical considerations’, Ethical Practices in Social Science Research: LISS-DTP Pathway 10, QMUL, London, 2018.
  • ‘Mobile banking with M-Pesa: The financialisation of remittances in Kenya’, Workshop: The Cultural Political Economy of Remittances, Lausanne, 2016.
  • ‘Remittances, financial inclusion and financialisation’, Workshop: The Cultural Political Economy of Remittances, Kathmandu, 2016.

Panel organisations

  • ‘Financialisation of development and the digital revolution’ (co-organised with Sally Brooks) RGS-IBG conference, panel, Cardiff, 2018.
  • ‘Locating the limits of financialisation’ (co-organised with Amy Horton), RGS-IBG conference panel, London, 2017.

If you are interested in my research, I would love to hear from you.