Abril Rios Rivera DPhil in Migration Studies


Supervisors: Carlos Vargas-Silva and Alexander Betts

College Affiliation: Green Templeton College

Thesis title: Women’s empowerment in the context of international migration in Mexico

Abril is interested in the intersections of migration, gendered relations, power, and agency. Her DPhil research focuses on processes of women’s empowerment in the context of international migration in Mexico. She explores how intersecting factors of inequality at the individual, interpersonal and institutional level affect the ability to make strategic life choices among women migrants, refugees, and locals.

Abril is also a consultant for the Poverty and Equity Practice of the World Bank where she has supported poverty and displacement programs in Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya. She currently focuses on a Kenya-based program aiming at the improvement of the socioeconomic opportunities of refugees and locals through longitudinal research, as well as livelihoods and mental health impact evaluations. Abril has 6 years of experience working in the development sector and has supported civil society and international organizations. She has led the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs focused on capacity building for civil society organizations, mental health, and women’s empowerment.

Abril is a psychologist specialized in social and cultural psychology and gender studies and holds a master’s degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations.