I am an anthropologist with research interests in migrant labour, care, inequalities, and belonging. I currently lead the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, a group which examines the intersections between ageing and migration in diverse regions of the Global South. Within this framework, I am researching the experiences of an older generation of migrant domestic workers in Southeast Asia. I previously held research positions at the United Nations University and at the Centre of Metropolitan Studies at the University of São Paulo. My fieldwork has primarily been in urban contexts and I have long been interested in developing comparative ethnographic perspectives and in communicating academic research findings to broader publics.
Doing global sociology for me means to re-centre the narratives and experiences of people living in diverse social worlds and to use these experiences as a starting point to understand and conceptualise social relationships in a globally connected world. This involves critically questioning taken-for-granted (and predominantly Euro-American) categories and assumptions and fostering transregional, historicised, and collaborative forms of knowledge production.