Dr Maria Villares-Varela BA, MA, PhD
Lecturer in Sociology
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María Villares-Varela joined the Department of Sociology Social Policy and Criminology in 2016 as a Lecturer in Sociology with an interest in ethnic entrepreneurship with a particular focus on gendered and classed-based experiences of work in migrant firms.
Prior to her role at Southampton María was a Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), University of Birmingham, where she contributed to the Center’s research in the area of migrant and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. Before that she was based at the International Migration Institute (IMI), University of Oxford, where she worked as a Research Officer in the projects ‘The Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration’ and ‘The Determinants of International Migration’ (DEMIG).
She has been a visiting scholar at COMPAS (University of Oxford); IMES (University of Amsterdam); ISET (London Metropolitan University); School of Social Sciences and Law (Oxford Brookes); and ERCOMER (University of Utrecht).