Domiziana Turcatti

Post-Doctoral Affiliate

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Domiziana Turcatti is a Senior Social Researcher at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and a Postdoctoral Affiliate at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography of the University of Oxford.

In 2023, Domiziana worked as a Researcher at the University of Reading for the project “Transnational Families in Europe: Care, Inequalities and Wellbeing” – a  comparative, multi-sited, qualitative project led deploying participatory methodologies to investigate the relationships between caring responsibilities, inequalities and wellbeing among different generations of transnational families in the UK, Spain, France and Sweden.

From 2020 to 2023, she served as Convener of Migration Oxford – a research network and hub bringing together migration researchers from across the University of Oxford and enhancing policymakers' and the public’s access to migration expertise in Oxford.

Domiziana was awarded a DPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford in 2023 as a Clarendon Scholar. Her doctoral thesis, “The onward migration-family nexus: the lived experiences of London's onward Colombian migrants from Spain and their families”, investigated how families shape and are shaped by onward migration by focusing on the experiences of onward Colombian families who moved from Spain to London.

At COMPAS, between June 2020 and June 2021, Domiziana co-led the participatory research project “Enhancing the impact of migration research with Latin Americans in London” with Prof. Carlos Vargas-Silva and the London charity Latin American House. The project sought to understand the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on London’s Latin American migrants by building links with the community through knowledge exchange and engagement activities.

In 2020, she was a research consultant for the project “Promoting Inclusion to Combat Early School Leaving”, led by the University of Seville and the International Association for Intercultural Education and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project aimed to promote inclusive intercultural pedagogies by bringing together researchers and teachers from European schools (Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Croatia).

From 2019 to 2021, she was an active member of the IMISCOE PhD Network, and she served as editor and then co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration Journal.

Domiziana completed her MPhil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge in July 2019 with a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Before moving to the UK, she completed her BA in Liberal Arts and Science at Amsterdam University College, where she ventured to understand the educational experiences and the peer culture of Moroccan-Dutch youth in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Research interests include the sociology of family, childhood, and education; transnational family studies; care and social reproduction theory; migrants inclusion and integration; community sponsorship and community-led routes to refugee resettlement; and participatory and public engagement methodologies.


Doctoral dissertation

Turcatti, D. (2023). The onward migration-family nexus: The lived experiences of London’s onward Colombian migrants from Spain and their families. [Doctoral Dissertation, University of Oxford]. University of Oxford.

Journal articles

Turcatti, D. (2023). Identities in onward migration: Young people of Colombian descent in London. Children’s Geographies, 21(6), 1171-1185.

Turcatti, D. (2022). Remapping onward migration through the trajectories of Colombian parents in London. Journal of Migration Studies, 10(4), 703-721.

Turcatti, D., & Vargas-Silva, C. (2022). “I returned to being an immigrant”: Onward Latin American migrants and Brexit. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 45(16), 287-307.

Montero-Sieburth, M., & Turcatti, D. (2022). Preventing disengagement leading to early school leaving: Pro-active practices for schools, teachers and families. Journal of Intercultural Education, 33(2), 139-155.

Turcatti, D. (2021). Migrant-led organisations as caring communities: Towards a re-appreciation of the reciprocal dimension of care. International Journal of Care and Caring, 5(4), 651-667.

Turcatti, D. (2018). The educational experiences of Moroccan Dutch youth in the Netherlands: Place-making against a backdrop of racism, discrimination and inequality. Journal of Intercultural Education, 29(4), 532-547.


Turcatti, D. (2024). Two Years On, How Can We Best Provide ‘Homes for Ukraine’? Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

Turcatti, D., Aleynikova, E., & Pabst, A. (2024). Child Language Brokering: What It Is and How It Is Experienced By Migrant Families. NIESR.

Book chapters

Montero-Sieburth, M., & Turcatti, D. (2021). Case studies across national boundaries: Underscoring nuanced factors in migrant peer youth groups. In M. Montero-Sieburth, R. Mas Giralt, N. Garcia-Arjona and J. Eguren (Eds.), Family practices in migration: everyday lives and relationships. (pp. 45-62). Routledge.

Turcatti, D. (2021). When social reproduction becomes political: How London’s Latin American women make families, communities and rights visible. In J. L. Diab (Ed.), Dignity in movement: Borders, bodies and rights. (pp. 161-175). E-International Relations.

Conference Proceedings

Turcatti, D., & Assaraf, K. (2020). Lessons gained from a case study of a Latin American NGO in London: The role intercultural competence plays in delivering services to migrant communities. Proceedings of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) conference: “Another brick in the wall” (pp. 113-133). Amsterdam: The Netherlands.


Turcatti, D. (2024). Response to the 2023 Homes For Ukraine Parliamentary Inquiry. Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity. Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

Turcatti, D., & Rostron, J. (2024). Supporting Immigration Advice Amidst Financial Challenges: Local Authorities’ Funding Initiatives. NIESR.

Turcatti, D., & Vargas-Silva, C. (2021). The experiences of London’s Latin American migrants during Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. COMPAS & Latin American House.

Turcatti, D., & Montero-Sieburth, M. (2020). An in-depth review of the literature on ‘best practices’ for the prevention of early school leaving in schools with intercultural contexts. International Association for Intercultural Education.

Turcatti, D., & Assaraf, K. (2018). The experiences of the Latin American clients of LADPP: Identifying what works & the interventions needed to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of LADPP’s clients. Latin American Disabled People’s Project.


NIESR Podcast Episode (2024). Migrant community organising during crises: The case of Latin Americans in London during COVID-19 

Interview on EL CAFÉ MAÑANERO with Jorge Rivera