Daniela Arias is currently Research Assistant at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute within the project EU Border Care directed by Professor Vanessa Grotti. She holds a Masters in Development and Gender Studies from The University of Melbourne, and currently is undertaking the European Master on Migration and Intercultural Relations from the University of Oldenburg in Germany.
Daniela has been working predominantly with Mexican migrant family systems, institutions and civil society within the framework of psychological interventions, to promote gender equality, women’s rights, and also healthy community relations. During her Master studies, she participated on a project in Turkey, researching the intricacies of undocumented female African migrant’s everyday life and the intersections between gender and migration issues in the Mediterranean region, mainly Italy and Greece.
Currently her main research interests are: transnational practices and identities, politics of place, and embodied experiences of change in migrant settings. She has been particularly engaged on mapping the ongoing changing values, aspirations, and knowledge stemming from transnational place-making(s)/re-emplacements as well migrants’ self-assertion strategies through artistic expressions and alternative methodological approaches.