Naiara is part of the European Joint Doctorate MOVES project. Her research inquires how development and migration are related in Argentina, given that the nexus between the two departs from general trends on the field. She focuses on how developmental processes have historically shaped motility and mobility processes. In this manner, her research investigates how development influences the capabilities and aspirations to migrate of individuals, how such potentiality turns into actual migration, and the adaptation strategies of those that aspire to but do not have the means to move. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of the state in the transition from (im)motility to mobility.

Naiara holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Deusto, Spain (2017), a MSc in Migration and Ethnic studies from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands (2018, cum laude), as well as a MSc in Political Economy (UvA; 2019, cum laude). Her studies have focused on migration dynamics, the intersection between migration, sexuality and race, and the interplay between broad processes of social transformation and migration dynamics.  While at MADE, she conducted research on how transformation in a rural, frontier Brazilian town affected its migration dynamics and socio-economic structure, which has informed the direction of her current project.

Her research interests include the role that states play in migration –in particular, sending countries perspectives on emigration and circulation movements and non-migration policies-, the relation between broader processes of change and migration dynamics, and the adaptation mechanisms followed by migration and return processes.

E-mail: n.rodriguez-pena (at) kent.ac.uk