This project analyses the domestic labour mobility in Brazil in the context of global sports events (particularly the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro). It investigates the drivers (motives), patterns(trajectories) and implications (significance) of mobility within a broader frameworkof national and regional migration and development policies and processes. It analyses the significance of movement for the economic, social and cultural well-being of migrants and their social networks.

This case study draws on local-to-global perspectives and deploys a mixed-method approach, combining ethnographic fieldwork (direct and participant observation and in-depth interviews), semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and a broader contextual analysis based on secondary data.

By focusing on labour mobility, the project addresses pertinent research gaps and provides empirical evidence on domestic mobility in South America in general and Brazil in particular. It will lead to new insights into mobility and development effects of large-scale events in developing countries,a research field that remains unexplored. In brief, this study will provide innovative empirical and conceptual contributions to the mobility-development nexus in the fields of anthropology, migration studies and the social sciences at large.

This PhD position in anthropology is part of a larger interdisciplinary project funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). The research team will consist of the to-be-appointed PhD student, Sarah Van den Broucke (researcher working on mega-events, migration and human rights), Prof. dr. Noel B. Salazar(Supervisor, KU Leuven), Dr. Johan Wets (HIVA, KU Leuven) and Prof. dr. Christiane Timmerman (CeMIS, University of Antwerp).

Deadline: September 11.

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