Natalia Cintra is a Research Fellow based at the Department of International Relations and Politics at the University of Southampton. She works in the ESRC-funded project Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in situations of Protracted Displacement in Central and South America, ReGHID, wherein she is responsible for qualitative research methods and analysis.
- Forced Migration
- Latin America
Natalia’s research has primarily involved the dynamics of displacement in and within Latin America. More currently, in the ESRC-funded ReGHID research, she is involved in studying the forced displacement of Venezuelan women to Brazil and Colombia, and of Central American women to and through Mexico, particularly regarding how border policies, humanitarian programmes, migration status and socio-economic conditions impact their access to healthcare and to live with dignity as migrant women. She had a leading responsibility in drafting interview questionnaires and focus groups scripts, in planning and conducting fieldwork in a hybrid manner, and in the analysis of research data. In parallel, she recently finished her PhD which focused on the dynamics of African and Haitian migration to Brazil, both historically and in contemporary times, with respect to accessing international protection. She is now expanding this study to Latin American more broadly. Please see some of her publications here: https://soton.academia.edu/NataliaCintra
Natalia Cintra has a PhD in Human Rights from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an MSc in Human Rights from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2019, she was a Postgraduate Research Associate at the Faculty of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Natalia specialises on the intersections of forced migration, race and gender, in Latin America, particularly extracontinental migration from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as Venezuelan and Central American displacement. She adopts Critical Race, Antiblackness, Feminist, Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches, and has expertise in qualitative methodologies. Prior to joining her position at the University of Southampton, Natalia held legal roles in non-profit organisations in the UK and Brazil regarding the rights of refugees in migrants in these countries. She also held academic positions in research and teaching in several institutions and projects in Latin America and is a member of different research and professional networks for the rights of refugees and migrants.