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Dr Julie Vullnetari 

Lecturer in Human Geography

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Dr Julie Vullnetari is a Lecturer in Human Geography within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.


DPhil (Migration Studies) University of Sussex 2009
MSc (Social Research Methods), University of Sussex 2004
BA (International Business and Languages), Institute of Economics, NHL, The Netherlands 2002
European Certificate in International Business Management, Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France 2000


Julie joined Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton in September 2014. She previously studied and worked at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis examined the links between internal and international migration from a development perspective, paying particular attention to the impacts these links have on areas of origin. This work won the first ‘Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award’ of the IMISCOE Research Network, awarded for the best dissertation in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe, and was published as a book by Amsterdam University Press (2012).

Julie’s international education and work experience include several years of living in the Netherlands and France where she studied business management and was actively engaged in various third-sector organisations working in the field of migration.


2010-14 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sussex
2007-10 Research Officer, University of Sussex

Research interests

My past and current research falls under three broad intersecting themes, in turn composed of interlinked strands.

  1.  Migration and Development
    This research focuses on the interactions between human migration and development processes from the perspective of migrants’ societies of origin. Particular emphasis is placed on links between internal and international migration, urbanisation, gendering of financial and social remittances, and the ways in which migration affects care for older people left behind.
  2. Geographies of Socialist and Post-Socialist Development
    Research here explores social and cultural geographies of socialist societies through the lens of everyday life, thus seeking to embed the understanding of postsocialist transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, including emigration, within a historical geographical perspective. Of particular interest under this theme are the ways in which (im)mobility and borders have been geographically and socially (re)constructed and transformed throughout the socialist and postsocialist years.
  3. Conflict, Communities and Coerced Mobility
    Situated within geographies of transnationalism, work in this theme explores the making of transnational communities in situations of conflict and forced mobility.

Research strands I would like to develop in future work include: migration and mobility of Roma communities; social life of Cold-War bunkers; applications of intersectionality in migration and development.

PhD Supervisor

Giorgia Prati

Gender and adaptation: the impact of migration on women’s adaptive capacity in the Mahanadi delta (co-funded by DECCMA – DEltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation

Main supervisor. Co-supervised with Prof. Emma Tompkins and Prof. Craig Hutton. Currently working as Consultant for the FAO

Kashif Salik

Exploring the potential relationship between climate change and migration: A case study in semi-arid regions of Pakistan

Main supervisor. Co-supervised with Dr. Marije Schaafsma and Prof. Craig Hutton. Currently working for the SPDI, Pakistan

Ms Bianca Luna

Migration Journeys and Reconfiguring Family Relations: The Experiences of Filipino Labour Migrants in the UK and the Left-Behind Family

Funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC

Main supervisor. Co-supervised with Dr. Suzanne Reimer and Dr. Carol Ekinsmyth.

Prospective students

Prospective students with ideas for PhD projects in any of the areas of interest noted below should feel encouraged to contact me for an informal chat.

Research areas: migration, care and ageing; links between internal and international migration; development; migration and climate change; social and cultural dimension of migrants’ remittances; transnational social practices; Eastern and Southern European migration; Romani mobilities; borders and bordering; home; socialist everyday life; visual ethnographies; oral history, intersectionality.

Research project:

Networks and Advisory Roles

Research group

Economy, Society and Governance

Research project(s)

Care theme

Geography lead for the BSc Joint Honours Population and Geography (PopGeog) Programme.

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Book Chapters


Working Papers

At undergraduate level, I teach on the following modules:

  • GEOG1007 Skills for Population and Geography
  • GEOG1010 Geographical, Quantitative, and Field Skills (convenor)
  • GEOG1003 Society, Culture and Space
  • GEOG3062 Migration and Development (convenor)
  • GEOG3018 UG dissertation projects

At Postgraduate Taught level, I contribute to supervising dissertations of students on the MSc in Global Sustainability programme.

Supervising academic advisees.

I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2016).

Advice and Feedback Hours

Semester 1: 2021-22
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11-12 am



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