Personal profile


Marianela obtained BA in Sociology from the University of Salamanca and a MSc in Social Research Methods from the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. She recently completed her PhD in Migration Studies at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (University of Sussex). Her thesis focused on affective citizenship and the naturalisation experiences of EU migrants in the UK in the context of Brexit. She currently holds a post as Postdoctoral Associate Researcher at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth. 

Research Interests

Her research interests include critical citizenship studies and decolonial theories in the context of migration research. She is also interested in creative methods and pedagogies. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Elusive Citizenship. EU Citizen's Experiences of Naturalisation in Brexit Britain, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 May 2023

MSc, The immigrant. Identity as a power resource, University of Lisbon

Award Date: 29 Jun 2012

BA (Hons), Sociology, Universidad de Salamanca

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

External positions

Associate Researcher, University of Sussex


  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • HM Sociology
  • JC Political theory