Marcia Vera Espinoza

Associate Researcher

    Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Associate Researcher in the MIGPROSP project. Her research interests are in refugee and migrant integration, international and regional migration governance, forced migration and immigration policies in Latin America. Marcia has recently published in Global Policy, Forced Migration Review and Development Policy Review. She completed her BA at the University of Chile, followed by an MA in International Studies and a PhD, based in Geography, at the University of Sheffield.

    Latest publications:


    Geddes, A., Vera Espinoza, M., Hadj-Abdou, L. and Brumat L. (eds) (Forthcoming) The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Peer reviewed journal articles

    Vera Espinoza, M. (2018) The Limits and Opportunities of Regional Solidarity: Exploring Refugee Resettlement in Brazil and ChileGlobal Policy, Volume 9, Issue 1. Pages 85-94. DOI:10.1111/1758-5899.12534

    Vera Espinoza, M (2017) Extra-regional refugee resettlement in South America: the Palestinian experience, in Forced Migration Review (56) 47-49. ISSN 1460-9819 (Also available in SpanishArabic and French)

    Oldekop, J., Fontana, L., Grugel, J., Roughton, N., Adu, E.A., Bird, G., Wallin, S., Dorgan, A., Vera Espinoza, M., Hammett, D., et al. (2016) 100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agendaDevelopment Policy Review. Volume 34, Issue 1. Pages 55–82. DOI:10.1111/dpr.12147

    Peer reviewed chapters in edited volumes

    Geddes A. and Vera Espinoza, M. (2018) Framing Understandings of International Migration: How Governance Actors Make Sense of Migration in Europe and South America. In Margheritis, A. (Ed), Shaping Migration between Europe and Latin America. New Approaches and Challenges. London: ILAS publications. Pages 27-50. ISBN-13: 978-1-908857-45-3

    Vera Espinoza, M (2018) The Politics of Resettlement: Expectations and unfulfilled promises in Chile and Brazil. In Garnier, A, Lyra Jubilut, L. and Bergtora Sandvik, K. (Eds), Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance. New York: Berghahn Books. Pages 223-243. ISBN: 978-1-78533-944-8

    Working papers

    Oldekop, J., Fontana, L., Grugel, J., Roughton, N., Adu, E.A., Bird, G., Wallin, S., Dorgan, A., Vera Espinoza, M., Hammett, D., et al. (2015) ‘Hundred Key Research Questions in International Development’, UNRISD/SIID working paper, January 2015.


    Vera Espinoza, M. and Connelly, S. (2018) Understanding ethics of doing interdisciplinary research with refugee communities (or trying to!)SIID Blog, The Sheffield Institute for International Development. 01 August 2018.

    Acosta, D., Vera Espinoza, M. and Brumat, L. (2018) The New Chilean Government and its Shifting Attitudes on Migration Governance. Migration Policy Centre Blog, EUI. 03 May 2018.

    Acosta, D., Vera Espinoza, M. and Brumat, L. (2018) Brazil´s Migration Governance: Hidden Actors, the New Law and the 2018 Presidential ElectionsMigration Policy Centre Blog, EUI. 20 February 2018.

    Vera Espinoza, M. (2017) Is Latin America ready to accept more resettled refugees?The Conversation. 11 October 2017.

    Vera Espinoza, M., Geddes, A. and Brumat, L. (2017) Migration Governance In South America: Where Is The Region Heading?MIGPROSP Blog. 04 August 2017

    Vera Espinoza, M., Sandelind, C. and Ni Ghráinne, B. (2017) “Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensibleLSE British Politics and Policy. 25 May 2017.

    Vera Espinoza, M (2016) How can global migration governance find innovative solutions in times of anti-immigrant sentiment? MIGPROSP Blog, 19 December 2016.

    Vera Espinoza, M (2016) Rethinking Refugee Integration through the experiences of resettlement in Latin AmericaRefugee Resettlement Conference Blogs. Sussex Centre for Migration Research.16 September 2016.


    Research topics: international migration governance, refugee and migrants integration, citizenship, belonging and development
    Geographic areas: Latin America, Europe and Asia