Ilka Vari-Lavoisier

Research

To scrutinize the socio-political  implications of international migration, my work develops a transdisciplinary and transnational approach to human mobility.

Human mobility reshapes sending and receiving societies: individuals on the move contribute to the circulation of goods and money, as well as ideas and practices.

Attentive to the material dynamics underpinning the circulation of ways of doing and ways of thinking, I combine the conceptual and methodological tools of the different branches of the social sciences. Crossing systematically quantitative and qualitative data, I established perennial collaborations with economists, sociologists, economic sociologists, geographers, political scientists, and social psychologists to push further our understanding of the implications of human migration.

To produce original data shedding new light on the interdependence between receiving and sending countries, I have been involved in several transnational surveys. To enable cross-analysis of this transnational data, I collaborated with researchers from migrants’ countries of origin and destination (cf. TIMME project).

To disseminate the findings emerging from my own work, and further connect scientists developing innovative approaches to migration, I participated in the organization of four international conferences, in France and in the US.

I hope that these projects suggest how much I value and enjoy collective work that cross national and disciplinary boundaries – as illustrated by the current project “For a Cognitive Turn in Migration Studies.”