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Dr. Susanne Willers

Freie Universität Berlin

Postdoc at the Chair of Social Anthropology, ZI Latin American Institute, FU Berlin.

What is your particular interest in the project?

"To me, this project is particularly compelling as it provides insight into people's decision-making processes and gendered inequalities amid contemporary contexts of transit migration and forced mobility in transit countries.

It allows to understand family dynamics and gendered differences as well as other aspects of inequality including race, class, gender and age by integrating a life-course approach in combination with robust quantitative data gathering.

The scale of forced migration processes in the Americas is immense and profoundly influenced by the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as political and armed conflicts in the region. Therefore, it is crucial to comprehend the dynamics of mobility processes and the imperative for people to seek refuge and establish homes in other places. I hope we can give a voice to the subjects of this human mobility movements and to show the complex pictures hidden behind quantitative data and images in media."

Short CV
  • PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2018.
  • Diplom in Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin, 2008.
  • DAAD Scholarship, Sociology Studies at the UNAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico City, 2003.
Research Focus
  • Migrationsprozesse 
  • Geschlechterverhältnisse und Gewalt
  • Transitmigration
  • Forced migration and refugee protection
  • Care im Kontext von transnationalen Familien
  • Qualitative Methoden