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School of Geography

Nuni Vieira Jorgensen


PhD student




For the past years, I have been working on issues related to human mobility and family dynamics, mainly in Latin America. I hold a master’s degree in demography and, prior to joining Queen Mary, I have 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; civic stratification; uncertainty and migration; south-south migration; mobility and health.

PhD Project

In my PhD research I aim to understand how migrant families negotiate presence and absence in the face of volatile migration regimes. By answering this question and having the family as the main unit of analysis, I aim to understand how institutional uncertainties in terms of entrance and integration prospects affect, particularly (1) the transnational circulation of care among dispersed family members (2) family arrangements, re-arrangements and reunification prospects. In order to conduct this research, I will do a comparative case study of Venezuelan migrant families living in two different Latin American destinations.

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


Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust 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


Conference Papers:

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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