Laura Oso Casas

Laura Oso

Doctor of Sociology, University of A Coruña, Faculty of Sociology.
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Laura Oso is a University Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Sociology of the Universidade da Coruña, where she has conducted her teaching and researching duties since the year 1995, while holding her position of vice dean in this Faculty from 2009 to 2013. She is the coordinator of ESOMI (Spanish initials for International Migration Sociology Research Team) since 2011. 

She is Doctor in Sociology by the Université de Paris I-PanthéonSorbonne (2002) and by the Universidade da Coruña (1997). Her research has essentially been focused on the study of gender and migration issues and, particularly, on the integration of female immigrants into the labour market (domestic service, sexual work, ethnic entrepreneurship). Other studies are also remarkable among her research lines, such as the Spanish emigration in France (female domestic workers and female caretakers, second generation) and the analysis of migrations from the perspective of intergenerational strategies and trajectories for social mobility. She equally works on the gender nexus linking gender, migration and development.

We can highlight the internationalization of her academic trajectory, including her experience as a consultant for a variety of international organizations (OECD, European Union, UN-INSTRAW) and in research stays in the United States, France and Latin America (University of California, Berkeley, Université de Paris I-PanthéonSorbonne, Université de Paris VII, Flacso Ecuador, Universidad de Buenos Aires). 

She partakes in competitive International Research Networks.  She coordinates the Migration, Gender and Development Network and is an associated member since 2007 of the IMISCOE- International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion network (coordinated by the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Estudies-IMES, Universiteit van Ámsterdam, Netherlands), being also a member since 2013 of its Board of Directors. Since the year 2013 she is also a member of COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Postpol (IS1209) “Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance” (coordinated by Kingston University, UK). She has taken part of European projects (Equal Convive Mais”-European Social Fund, SERD-2002-00119-European Commission, Research Directorate General, H2020-Proposal number : 691004-2015-2019).

Her leadership skills can equally be appreciated in the coordination, as Main Researcher, of five research projects ot the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation (FEM2011-26210, SEJ2007-63179, SEJ2004-07750, Instituto de la Mujer- I+D+I: 53/02), a state project by AECID [Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation] and two projects by Xunta de Galicia [Galician government within Spain]: 

  • "Género, movilidades cruzadas y dinámicas transnacionales", Ministerio de Economía.
  • “Género, transnacionalismo y estrategias inter-generacionales de movilidad social”, Ministerio de Economía,  FEM2011-26210 (01/01/2012- 31/12/2014); 
  • “El impacto de la inmigración en el desarrollo: género y transnacionalismo”, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, SEJ2007-63179 (2007-2010); 
  • “El empresariado étnico como una estrategia de integración social de los inmigrantes. Segunda generación y relaciones de género”, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, SEJ2004-07750, (2005-2007);
  • “El empresariado étnico como una estrategia de movilidad social para las mujeres inmigrantes: un estudio de casos en Madrid y Galicia”, Instituto de la Mujer, Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica 2000-2003, I+D+I Exp. No. 53/02 (2002-2004) 
  • “Namae: Evaluación del impacto de las políticas educativas en las migraciones de niños y jóvenes procedentes de Marruecos hacia España”, Reference: 11-CAP2-1548, AECID, (Sep 2011-May 2013) (co-managed with Natalia Ribas-Mateos); 
  • Aids for the consolidation and structuring of competitive research units of the Galician University System (Xunta de Galicia CN2011/030 2011-2013 and GRC2014/048, 2014-2017).  

Prominent among her main publications is the edition of the book (2013) “The International Handbook On Gender, Migration And Transnationalism. Global and DevelopmentPerspectives”, edited by Laura Oso and Natalia Ribas-Mateos, Edward Elgar: Northampton, Massachusetts (512 pp.), which was republished in paperback in 2015.  Edward Elgar was awarded best publisher of the year (The Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2014 - Independent Publishers Guild and Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2013 - The Bookseller). 

It is also worth to mention her coordination of the Special Issue, along with Ramón Grosfoguel and Anastasia Christou (2015): “Transnational Migration in Western Europe Today: The Gender and Racial Dimensions", Identities, Global Studies in Culture and Power, Indexed Journal JCR, published by Routledge, as well as her publishing of other articles in journals JCR and Scopus, among which the following are noteworthy:

  • Oso, Laura and Catarino, Christine (2013): “From Sex to Gender: The Feminisation of Migration and Labour-Market Insertion in Spain and Portugal”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 39, Issue 4: 625-647. Special Issue: Gendered Mobilities and Work in Europe;
  • OSO CASAS, L (2010): “Money, sex, love and the family: economic and affective strategies of Latin American sex workers in Spain”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 36, Nº1, January, pp. 47-65;
  • OSO, L (2011): “Tortoises and Elephants in the Fight for Family Social Mobility: Second Generation Spanish Migrants in France and their Desire to ‘Return’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Vol.20, nº 2: 207-230.



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