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I am a Research Fellow in Children and Family Wellbeing (Asylum and Migration) at the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research in the School of Human and Health Sciences. I joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2015, having previously been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Work, Care and Global Transitions in the Building Sustainable Societies Project at the University of Leeds.
I completed my PhD at the School of Geography of the University of Leeds in 2011, which was funded by an ESRC (CASE) collaborative studentship with the Refugee Council. My thesis, entitled "Migration, invisibility and belonging: a case study of Latin American families in the UK", illuminates the intersections between socio-cultural and embodied in/visibility and migrants’ and their young descendants’ experiences of incorporation and transnationalism by focusing on the case of Latin Americans in the north of England. I have also published a number of articles and book chapters focusing on different aspects of this research.
My areas of research practice and interest straddle:
I am the lead coordinator of the International Research Network South-North Dialogues on Children of Migrants (SOUNDS), which includes members from several countries in Europe, North and Latin America. SOUNDS seeks to bring together researchers from countries in the Global South and North to advance the study of the everyday experiences of incorporation of children of migrants (8-25 years of age) across diverse contexts.
Mas Giralt, R (2015) ‘Socio-cultural invisibility and belonging: Latin American migrants in the north of England’ Emotion, Space and Society , 15, pp. 3-10. ISSN 17554586
Mas Giralt, R (2013) ‘Negotiating Ethnic Recognition Systems in the UK: the soft pan-ethnic identifications of Latin American migrants in the north of England’ Third World Quarterly , 34 (10), pp. 1911-1926. ISSN 0143-6597
Mas Giralt, R (2011) ‘Colombian migrant families in the north of England: socio-cultural invisibility and young people's identity strategies’. In: Cross-Border Migration among Latin Americans: European Perspectives and Beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-215. ISBN 9780230108387
Bailey, A. and Mas Giralt, R. (2011) ‘Transnational theory and South American immigration across Europe’. In: Cross-Border Migration among Latin Americans: European perspectives from the UK and beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 21-36. ISBN 9780230108387
Mas Giralt, R (2011) ‘In/visibility strategies and enacted diversity: sameness and belonging among young people of Latin American descent living in the north of England (UK)’ Children's Geographies , 9 (3-4), pp. 331-345. ISSN 1473-3285
Mas Giralt, R. and Bailey, A. (2010) ‘Transnational familyhood and the liquid life paths of South Americans in the UK’ Global Networks , 10 (3), pp. 383-400. ISSN 14702266
International Workshop on South-North Dialogues on the Children of Migrants at the University of Leeds, 27th-29th April 2015. I was the lead organiser (with Dr R. Vanderbeck, Dr L. Waite, Dr J. Eguren and Dr M. Montero-Sieburth) of this international conference which included participants from Latin America, Europe and the USA. The conference was hosted by SOUNDS (International Research Network on South-North Dialogues on the Children of Migrants) and funded by International Research Collaboration (IRCA) and Care-Connect at the University of Leeds (more information).
I am interested in supervising students whose interests lie in international and/or onward migration (particularly in relation to Latin America), transnational families, welfare and migrants, migrants’ processes of incorporation and inclusion/exclusion dynamics, and migrant or later generation children and young people.
I seek to collaborate with statutory and voluntary migrant related services and support groups. In the last few years, in cooperation with academic and third sector colleagues, I have co-organised the following events:
Migration Roundtable: challenges and opportunities (Leeds, 6th March 2015): This roundtable brought together migrants experiencing problems of exploitation and leading figures in the Leeds region including Councillors, business leaders, union representatives and community groups to discuss the briefing ‘From exploitation as a problem to migration as an opportunity’. Organised in collaboration with C. Forde, R. Mackenzie, G. Alberti, Z. Ciupijus (Leeds University Business School), L. Waite and H. Lewis (School of Geography, University of Leeds) and Care-Connect, and with the support of Migrants Rights Network and Migration Yorkshire. (Downloads are available for a briefing and a summary of discussion).
The wellbeing of Latin American secondary migrants in the UK (London, 21st June 2014): in collaboration with Latin American Women’s Right Service (LAWRS), this information event attracted over 100 Latin American migrants who attended information sessions on health and public services. A report based on the findings of a survey of 37 participants at the event and my research “Latin Americans migrating from Europe to the UK: barriers to accessing public services and welfare” was published in July 2015.
Access to paid work, volunteering and work experience for migrants in Greater Manchester (Manchester, 19th July 2013): organised in collaboration with Migrants Supporting Migrants, this event brought together 30 attendees including migrants, trade unions representatives, volunteer/staff from support organisations and statutory services working with migrants in Greater Manchester and Merseyside. (Download is available for a report of the main issues).
I have taught in a range of sociology and social policy and human geography undergraduate and postgraduate modules in areas such as transnational migration, children’s and family studies, migration and welfare, migration and health and qualitative research methods. Currently, I contribute guest lectures and seminars to modules in sociology and politics.