Biography

I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, where I also worked as an associate lecturer and tutor, until I joined DEV in July 2014. Before moving to Sussex I worked for several years as a professional researcher and consultant in academic and non-academic sectors in Portugal, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue in Lisbon. I have also worked continuously as a professional trainer in migration-related issues, in public and private non-profit organisations.

All Publications

Mata-Codesal, D. (ed.), Abranches, M. (ed.)

(2018)

Food Parcels in International Migration: Intimate Connections ,

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 978-3-319-40372-4

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Mata-Codesal, D., Abranches, M.

(2018)

Sending, Bringing, Consuming and Researching Food Parcels,

in Food Parcels in International Migration : Intimate Connections.

Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 1-21

ISBN 978-3-319-40372-4

Full Text

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(E-pub ahead of print)


Abranches, M.

(2014)

Remitting wealth, reciprocating health? The ‘travel’ of the land from Guinea-Bissau to Portugal,

in American Ethnologist

41

(2)

pp. 261-275

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Abranches, M.

(2014)

Perceptions of the country through the migration of city-grown crops: Guinean food in Bissau and in Lisbon,

in Food between the Country and the City: Ethnographies of a Changing Global Foodscape.

Bloomsbury

pp. 127-142

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Abranches, M.

(2013)

Transnational informal spaces connecting Guinea-Bissau and Portugal: food, markets and relationships,

in Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development

42

(3,4)

pp. 333-376

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Abranches, M.

(2013)

When people stay and things make their way: Airports, mobilities and materialities of a transnational landscape,

in Mobilities

8

(4)

pp. 506-527

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Machado, F., Abranches, M., Matias, R., Leal, S.

(2009)

Where is African immigration in Portugal going? Sedentarisation, generations and trajectories,

in Welfare and Everyday Life. Portugal in the European Context.

Celta

pp. 185-205

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Abranches, M., Rosario, E., Santos, T., Di Sciullo, L.

(2008)

Measuring Integration: the Portuguese Case. Regional Indicators of Social and Labour Market Insertion of Third Country Nationals,

IOM

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Abranches, M.

(2007)

Muslim women in Portugal: strategies of identity (re)construction,

in Lusotopie

14

(1)

pp. 239-254

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

My research is mainly concerned with migration, food and land in African contexts, especially in Lusophone Africa (Guinea-Bissau and Angola). I am particularly interested in the debate on the reconciliation between global processes and local experiences of migrants and their families, and in understanding, through a grounded, ethnographically oriented approach, how the connections between the two have implications for local development. I am currently involved in two research projects - one on internal migration, land and rural-urban livelihoods in the Huambo region of Angola, and another one on migration, racism and political attitudes in the UK. I also coordinate a Museum-University partnership, funded by the Arts Council, that explores issues around migration in Norfolk through a combination of arts and research.