Giulia Sinatti

Giulia Sinatti
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

PhD

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Introduction
I am an anthropologist committed to breaking down silos within academia and between academia and society through cross-border collaborations. Ethnography is my research method. I research power, knowledge, decision-making, representation, equity and social justice. My current research focus is healthcare: midwifery care, safety culture among hospital professionals. I also have many years of experience researching humanitarianism, development, migration and its governance.
Additional affiliations
February 2011 - present
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Research Associate
February 2011 - present
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Research Associate
September 2007 - May 2009
Goldsmiths, University of London
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  • Leverhulme Research Fellow

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Publications (43)
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Men are seldom a topic of concern in migration research as gendered subjects who experience the implications of social justice, for instance in aspects relating to lives in their families such as fairness of representation, consequences of material redistribution, and management of emotions. Economic migrants in particular, who are seen as matching...
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This article analyses how European governments and civil society actors engage diasporas in Europe as agents for the development of their countries of origin. Through a critical examination of diaspora engagement discourse and practice in various European countries, we identify three implicit understandings. First, development is conceived of as th...
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The importance gained by transnationalism and growing attention for the development potential of migration have recently brought forward a new concern for the issue of return migration. Within this framework, return to the home country is understood as having an increasingly less permanent nature. Transnational movement itself is conceived as a for...
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Humanitarianism is increasingly used to address migration in Europe, from search and rescue operations at sea to reception on land. Scholars often interpret humanitarianism as a means for states to depoliticize migration and prioritize securitization. In this article, I analyze perspectives on humanitarianism among civil society volunteers and work...
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In recent years, the prominence of ‘migration’ as a policy domain in many African countries has shifted from labour-export policies to so-called ‘diaspora policies’. In these policies, migration is emphasised as a key instrument to stimulate development, particularly through return to the homeland and migrant entrepreneurship. Despite much attentio...
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A growing body of scholarly work addresses the involvement, in migration governance, of civil society actors. Much of this literature highlights – within the bottom-up initiatives of NGOs, charities, volunteers and activists – the central role of hospitality and solidarity. Civil society initiatives are often contrasted to restrictive state policie...
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In international development discourse, migration has been increasingly conceived as a tool to stimulate homeland development and diasporas have emerged as potential agents of change. In this chapter, I provide an overview of scholarly discussions about return migration, entrepreneurship and development. This growing and diverse area of interest at...
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This article problematises protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees in contexts of state-condoned persecution against this group. Based on ethnographic evidence from Kampala, Uganda, we draw attention to the homogenising tendencies of centralised protection systems in cities in the global south, which are pr...
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Border deaths are a result of dynamics involving diverse actors, and can be interpreted and represented in various ways. Critical voices from civil society (including academia) hold states responsible for making safe journeys impossible for large parts of the world population. Meanwhile, policy-makers argue that border deaths demonstrate the need f...
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Building “resilience” to insecurity and crisis is high on the European Union (EU) agenda. EU uptake of this buzzword is especially significant with regard to migration and forced displacement. Uncertainty, however, remains about what resilience is, how it translates into practice, and what its implications are. In this article, we analyze EU humani...
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Migration is both a quest for security, and an act that exposes one to new kinds of insecurity, especially for international migrants. We argue that a human security approach to researching migration issues can provide additional insights. It is migrant-centered and person-centered, systematically investigating the opportunities and vulnerabilities...
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In recent years a substantial volume of work has used a human security perspective to explore international migration. This paper reviews, synthesises and extends that work. It first characterises distinctive elements of human security analysis, under two headings: its equity dimensions, including a focus on all persons and on their basic needs, an...
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In recent years a substantial volume of work has used a human security perspective to explore international migration. This paper reviews, synthesises and extends that work. It first characterises distinctive elements of human security analysis, under two headings: its equity dimensions, including a focus on all persons and on their basic needs, an...
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In recent years a substantial volume of work has used a human security perspective to explore international migration. This paper reviews, synthesises and extends that work. It first characterises distinctive elements of human security analysis, under two headings: its equity dimensions, including a focus on all persons and on their basic needs, an...
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Since the early 2000s, policy debates and academic research on the linkages between migration and development have blossomed. Within this discussion, a particular focus is on the potential of return migrants’ investment in home economies. In origin countries, scholars have observed growing policy interest towards emigrant communities, highlighting...
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This article explores the topic of return migration as it is understood and practised by different actors who engage with this theme, albeit from different perspectives. Return migration is paraded in policy debates as a triple-win scenario, bringing advantages to receiving states, countries of origin, and migrants. Yet this article reveals how ret...
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In this book chapter, Giulia Sinatti analyses diaspora engagement as a policy issue that has prominently come to the fore in Dutch development and peacebuilding thinking. This has led to many initiatives and programmes that hinge on the ideal of migrants as partners who can complement the efforts of the official development industry. In practice, h...
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Introduction: This handbook is produced in the framework of the European Commission- United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI). It is a four-year, 15 million euro programme supporting small-scale organizations in their concrete efforts towards linking migration and development. The JMDI reflects the acceptance of and growing...
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Introduction: Ce manuel est produit dans le cadre de l’Initiative conjointe pour la Migration et le Développement (ICMD) de la Commission européenne et des Nations unies. Il s’agit d’un programme sur 4 ans d’un montant de 15 millions d’euros qui soutient les organisations à petite échelle dans leurs efforts concrets visant à établir un lien entre l...
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This handbook has been co-written by a team of researchers involved in the DIASPEACE project, under the coordination of Cindy Horst (ed.). On the front cover, all other authors are listed in alphabetical order. The following description of the authors is presented in the alphabetical order of the institutions involved. Giulia Sinatti has been Progr...
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The increased interconnectedness and possibilities for travel and communication that characterise the current, global age have strongly affected scholarly ways of understanding contemporary forms of identification and belonging. Literature on the subject strongly challenges the notion of home as a fixed place, particularly where migration is concer...
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This article analyses narratives of nation and belonging developed by transnational migrants who are characterised as maintaining strong ties across the countries of origin and of immigration. Most literature on the issue suggests that transnational migrants develop new forms of deterritorialised belonging, recognising themselves in imagined commun...
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Introduction: Ce manuel est produit dans le cadre de l’Initiative conjointe pour la Migration et le Développement (ICMD) de la Commission européenne et des Nations unies. Il s’agit d’un programme sur 4 ans d’un montant de 15 millions d’euros qui soutient les organisations à petite échelle dans leurs efforts concrets visant à établir un lien entre l...
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Introduction: This handbook is produced in the framework of the European Commission- United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI). It is a four-year, 15 million euro programme supporting small-scale organizations in their concrete efforts towards linking migration and development. The JMDI reflects the acceptance of and growing...

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This research investigates the involvement of private citizens and civil society organisations involved in initiatives of reception (or rejection) of migrants and asylum seekers in and outside the external borders of Europe. It argues that such initiatives are forms of borderwork that extend bordering practices from states to society. It contributes to discussions about morality, solidarity, humanitarianism, neoliberalism, governance, active citizenship and presents an alternative to critical security approaches. Engaged in ongoing fieldwork in Italy and supervising PhD fieldwork in Italy, Greece and Turkey.