Esra Dermirkol graduated from Sociology in the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. Before starting her PhD degree at the University of Sussex, Esra completed a Master’s degree at the Department of Social Anthropology at METU. She is currently second year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Sussex.
Esra has earned a full scholarship for her PhD study from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey and LPS Partial Fee Waiver from the University of Sussex.
Currently, she is conducting research on transnational migrant families. Specifically, she focuses on how transnational migrants and their non-migrant relatives build relationships across nation-states in the case of Turkish migrants in Japan and their left-behind families in Turkey. She has recently completed her fieldwork both in Japan and Turkey.


Ireena Nasiha Ibnu, is a PhD student in Migration Studies at Global Studies, University of Sussex. She is researching Malaysian Muslim women’s experiences in the UK.


Kwanchanok Jaisuekunis a Royal Golden Jubilee PhD scholar pursuing a PhD in Multicultural Studies at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University. Her doctoral research will be a continuation of her MA study focused on lifestyle migration and international retirement migration to Pattaya, Thailand. Kwanchanok’s research interests include transnational migration, multiculturalism, gender and popular culture.


Cecilia Poggi is a PhD candidate at the Economics Department at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include empirical applications in labour, migration and agricultural economics. Her doctoral thesis focuses on Thailand’s labour markets and internal mobility. One particular focus is on internal migration and credit availability; evaluating the effects of greater access to formal credit at the rural level by exploiting the introduction of the One Million Baht Village Fund program (2001)....
Currently she is conducting an evaluation of the impact of minimum wage reforms on different labour market outcomes as well as on inequality with the World Bank. Additionally, given her interest on rural livelihood, she is analysing Thai farmers’ economic performance over the first decade of the 2000s to assess improvements and new challenges that the agricultural sector is facing.


Wen-Ching Ting1Wen-Ching Ting is a Doctoral researcher in migration studies at the School of Global studies, University of Sussex. Her research project ‘Struggling in between: the everyday practices of weaving Shan Home territory along the Thai-Burma border’ focuses on the displaced Shan migrants’ home-making in limbo. This research is supported by the Government Scholarship for Study Abroad (GSSA),...
Taiwan and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. She completed a B.A. degree in Economics at National Taiwan University (1996), and an M.A. in Development Studies at the University of Manchester (2003), with a dissertation entitled ‘The Operational Mechanism of NGOs Providing Humanitarian Assistance in a Complex Eco-Political Context: The Case of Mae La Camp in Tak on the Thai- Burmese Border.’ Her regional focus is mainly in Southeast Asia, due to her previous work experiences with NGOs in Thailand, Cambodia and north India.”

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