Fiona is a sociologist by training who worked with women, children, and youth in Japan and the Philippines. She holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore. Her intellectual project centres on the politics of belonging in a world in flux, to which she now adds a burgeoning interest in urban spaces and in qualitative research involving ‘the digital’. Her education and research career have brought Fiona to Vienna, Paris, Kyoto, Tokyo, Manila, Singapore, and Antwerp, before she joined EUR in Rotterdam. Consequently, she developed a strong desire to build bridges and speak across the regional and linguistic cocoons in which academic research takes place and discussions take shape. To reach a wider audience and make academic research more accessible, Fiona initiated The Migration Podcast.
Jolynna is Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography at the University of Sydney. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has an interdisciplinary background in anthropology and development. Her research focusses on digital media practices in relation to regionally comparative mobilities, family relationships, work and gender. Jolynna’s books include Social Media in Trinidad (UCL Press, 2017), Visualising Facebook (Miller and Sinanan, UCL Press, 2017), Webcam (Miller and Sinanan, Polity, 2014) and How the World Changed Social Media (Miller et. al. 2016, UCL Press). She is on the editorial board of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (Intellect Books).
Jamie is a Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield and holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. He combines classical, visual and digital ethnographic methods with historical and textual analysis to explore the relationship between technology, mobility, identity and imagination in urban Northeast Asia. Jamie is currently investigating how media and migration change young Chinese people's perceptions of their place in the world, with a particular focus on migrants in Japan. His recent works include “The Cruel Optimism of Mobility: aspiration, belonging, and 'the good life' among transnational Chinese migrants in Tokyo” in positions: Asia Critique, “So Hot Right Now: reflections on virality and sociality from transnational digital China” in Digital Culture and Society, and the ethnographic film “Tokyo Pengyou” in the Journal of Anthropological Films at http://boap.uib.no/index.php/jaf/article/view/1538/1319
Milena is an ethnographer specialised in migration and refugee studies, currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Antwerp. She holds a PhD from the University of Trento. Before embarking on her fellowship, Milena was a team member of the ERC HOMInG Project at the University of Trento and a fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome. In 2016 her thesis “Cosmologies of Destinations: roots and routes of Eritrean forced migration towards Europe” (University of Trento) won the Maria Baganha IMISCOE 2016 Award for the best doctoral dissertation in migration studies.Milena conducted extensive fieldwork in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Italy and the Netherlands. Her research mainly concerns refugees’ migration dynamics and integration pathways, transnational refugee families, migrant smuggling, and ethnographic methods. Milena's book on the migration of Eritreans to Europe, The Big Gamble, was published by the University of California Press (2019).
Special thanks to Lou Janssen Dangzalan, Cathrine Talleraas, Roger Norum, Amanda Paz Alencar, and Jørgen Carling for their valuable input during the inception phase of the project. We would also like to say "Thank you for the music!" to Johannes Vogel, the composer and producer of our jingle.