SAME 2023: Video Training for Research Impact, Academic Engagement and Science Communication


  • School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography
  • University of Oxford
  • Video 4 Research – SAME – 2023

Abril (she/her/ella) is interested in the intersections of migration, gendered relations, power, and agency. She prioritises perspectives that move away from discourses centred on vulnerabilities to instead acknowledge the agentic capabilities of migrants within structures.

Her doctoral research focuses on women and transwomen’s processes of decision-making and empowerment in the context of international migration in Mexico. She looks at these dynamics in two Mexican cities bordering Guatemala and the USA and in the capital. She uses photovoice (participatory photography and narratives) interviews and survey data to explore her research topic and follows her interlocutors for at least six months. She collaborates with groups of Latin American and Caribbean migrant women and transwomen, migrant men, local communities, civil society organisations, experts, and activists. Her analysis considers psychosocial aspects shaping decision-making, gendered expressions and identities, discrimination, restrictive migration policies in the Americas, forced immobility, strategies of resistance, organised collective actions and support to achieve common goals.

As a consultant, Abril also supports a World Bank and UNHCR research program on displacement, poverty, and development in Kenya. In addition, she has more than seven years of experience working in the development sector on issues related to migration and entrepreneurship in Mexico and East African countries. Abril is a psychologist specialising in social and cultural psychology and gender studies and holds a master’s degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations.

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