Marta Esperti Visiting Academic

4 September to 3 October 2018

Marta is a PhD student and teaching assistant in Sociology at Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité (Université Paris 13 – USPC). She holds a 2 years Master’s degree in Sociology at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris, France) and a B.A in Communication and Sociology of International Politics (Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy).

Before starting her PhD project, Marta had the opportunity to work for some international NGOs. Her thesis project, under supervision of Professor Antoine Pécoud, has the purpose to study and compare humanitarian civil society actors and NGOs engaged in SAR (search and rescue) operations at sea concerning migrants, with a focus on the route from Libya to Italy. Her doctoral research also aims to examine the evolution of the governance at the EU’s southern maritime borders, taking into account the tensions between the civil action of “SAR NGOs” and the public policy decisions at a national (Italian) and international (European) level, concerning the humanitarian and security border management. She collected data through a multi-sited ethnography and using mainly qualitative methods.

Marta had contributed opinion pieces to The Conversation France, The Conversation UK, The Huffington Post, Le Monde, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur.