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School of Geography

Nuni Vieira Jorgensen


PhD student




For the past years, I have been working on topics related to human mobility and family dynamics, with a focus in Latin America. I hold a master’s degree in demography and, prior to joining Queen Mary, I acted as Population Data and Research advisor at Doctors without Borders (MSF), where I was responsible for operational research and the monitoring and evaluation of projects focused on migrants and refugees.

Research Interests

transnational families; time, temporalities, and the life cycle; uncertainty and migration; south-south migration.

PhD Project

Title: Temporary residence, provisional rules: transnational Venezuelan families negotiating migration and care amidst uncertainty

The right to family life is today enshrined in most international and regional conventions on human rights. Yet, in order to enjoy such prerogative, individuals must meet requirements that are highly dependent on their migratory status, family configuration and class position. The literature on migrant families has already explored how mobility regimes condition the possibilities and timings of reunification for different persons according to these attributes, in turn shaping how transnational families exchange care across borders. But what happens to families when migration policies are not only discriminatory but also unstable and loosely defined? By not knowing when and whether a specific permit will be given, how long it will last, and what obligations and rights it will entail in the future, individuals and families must constantly adapt their plans and alter the ways in which they act in the present. Using the Venezuelan displacement towards Chile and Colombia as a case study, my PhD research investigates how state bureaucracies’ control of time and movement is intertwined with the ways in which families negotiate presence, absence, and care across borders. The research will be carried out through a mixed-methods strategy, drawing on quantitative migration history analysis and on life history interviews conducted with transnational Venezuelan families living in South America.

Academic Background

MA Demography, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
BA International Relations, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil


Dr Marcia Vera-Espinoza, School of Geography
Dr Rachel Humphris, School of Politics and International Relations


Leverhulme Trust- Queen Mary University of London Doctoral Scholarship (QMUL-LTDS)


Jorgensen, N. V., Barbieri, A.F, Guedes, G. R., & Zapata, G. P. (2019) International migration and household living arrangements among transnational families in Brazil, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1707646


Jorgensen, N. “Migrant Families in South America: between Irregularity and Enforced Waiting”. Migration in Latin America, 2021

Zocchi, B.; Oza, E.; Jorgensen, N. “Solidarities and New Partnerships during the Pandemic - CSOs in Brazil and India Counter Funding Restrictions and Changing Demands”. Migration, Pandemic and Civil Society, 2021

Conference Papers

 Jorgensen, N, V. (2021) “How much do we need to know? On the ethical implications of operational research”. [Panel Presentation]. IMISCOE, Luxembourg

Jorgensen, N. V., Barbieri, A.F, Guedes, G. R., & Zapata, G. P. (2018) Transnational Household Strategies and the Circulation of Care: A Comparative Analysis between the Brazil-Portugal and Brazil-USA Migration Systems. [Poster Presentation]. European Population Conference, Belgium.

Nascimento, T. C. L., Jorgensen, N. V. (2016) Análise da estrutura espacial dos índices de eficácia migratória dos municípios brasileiros em 2010. [Poster Presentation – Honorable Mention]. Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericano de Población e Encontro Nacional de Estudos Populacionais, Foz do Iguaçu.







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