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The 22nd Talk of Geoforum: Transnational African migrant families living between Africa and Europe

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Event information

Time: 19:00-20:30 December 11, 2014

Location: D128, Geography and Environment Building, the South Campus of SYSU

Speaker Information

Name: Prof. Valentina Mazzucato 

Affiliation: Maastricht University, Netherlands



Brief Bio:

Valentina Mazzucato is a Professor of Globalisation and Development at Maastricht University and currently on sabbatical leave in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at Hong Kong University. She heads international collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects on transnational migration, looking at economic and socio-cultural impacts. Her research is characterised by multi-sited research designs and mixed-method approaches in order to study the linkages that are formed by migrants between their societies of origin and destination. Her current research is on transnational families that live between Africa and Europe focusing on the effects of living transnationally on migrant parents in Europe, their children who stay in Africa and their caregivers.


Prof. Mazzucato is regularly invited to speak in public fora on the effects of transnational lives for development in Africa and migrant integration in Europe. She has served on the Social Science Research Council of the U.S. special committee on migration and development as well as on the World Connectors’ task force on migration. She has lived in and conducted research in East and West African countries in the past 25 years.