Geographies of labour and migration

Our research group is interested in better understanding patterns of socio-spatial inequality in labour and migration:

people

Group Leader

Dr. Karin Schwiter

Group Members

Dr. Katharina Pelzelmayer (PhD)

Huey Shy Chau (PhD candidate)

Jennifer Steiner (PhD candidate)

Isabella Stingl (PhD candidate)

Anahi Villalba (Research Assistant)
 

MSc candidates: Sylvia Brauchli, Selina Herzog, Marisol Keller, Jonas Krähenbühl, Nina Leuenberger, Giulia Satiro, Aranya Sritharan
 

A) Transnational Care Markets

Analysing the newly emerging markets of live-in home care services, we aim at understanding the consequences of the current reconfiguration of elderly care for migration patterns, labor markets, gender relations and the definition of care itself as a marketable good.

Research projects:

Decent care work? Transnational Home Care Arrangements 2017-2020

Care markets. The role of care agencies in the commodification of elderly care 2013-2017


B) Processes of in- and exclusion in labour markets

We study how gendered and culturalised understandings of specific groups of people shape their educational trajectories and opportunities in the labour market. We analyse in what ways these trajectories are linked to imaginaries of motherhood, fatherhood and professions.

Research projects:

Anticipated parenthood and employment trajectories 2013-2016

Gender inequalities in educational and career pathways 2010-2013
 

C) Subjectivity, identity, governmentality

Drawing on Foucauldian governmentality theory, we are interested in exploring how discourses transform people’s understandings of themselves and constitute spatially and historically specific subjectivities and geographic imaginaries. We explore the emergence of a neoliberal subjectivity that individualises responsibility and veils gender norms as well as other socio-spatial inequalities.

Research projects

Life Plans. Young Adults caught between Individuality and Gender Norms 2005-2010

 

Belongs to the organizational unit

Economic Geography