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Marina de Regt is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From 2014-2018 she was Research Manager of the department, and member of the Management Team. Between 2011-2020 Marina was the chair of LOVA, the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology (lovanetwork.nl). Prior to joining the Vrije Universiteit Marina was coordinator of the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS) (sephis.org) at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. Since 2016 she is co-chair of the programme. Marina is a member of the Global (De)Center (globaldecenter.org) and of the Greater Middle East Platform, a platform of Middle East experts in the Netherlands.

Research

Marina de Regt is specialized in gender, labour, migration and development in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and in particular Yemen and Ethiopia. Her research has moved from the study of health care workers in a Dutch-Yemeni development project to migrant domestic workers in Yemen, and from the history of migration between Yemen and Ethiopia to adolescent girls migration in Ethiopia. She published extensively in high ranking journals such as Gender & Society, Signs, Critical Asian Studies and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. She co-edited (with Bina Fernandez) Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East - The Home and the World (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and recently published together with Katarzyna Grabska and Nicoletta Del Franco the monograph Adolescent Girls Migration in the Global South - Transitions into Adulthood (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). From 2017 - 2020 Marina was the Principal Investigator of  the WOTRO funded project "Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan: Early Marriages in Perspective".

In addition to academic publications, Marina aims to dissemminate her research results to a wider audience. She has been involved in various filmprojects, namely:

Young and Invisible: African Domestic Workers in Yemen (Arda Nederveen Productions 2007)

Time to Look at Girls: Adolescent Girls Migration in the Global South (2016)

2 Girls (award winning documentary) (2016)

Studying Sensitive Issues: The Importance of Involving Syrian Refugees in Research on Early Marriage (2019).

Marina is the initiator of the website Lives in Perspective (www.livesinperspective.org), with fictive stories of people living in conflict-ridden parts of the Middle East and Africa.

Teaching

Marina de Regt mainly teaches undergraduate courses in the Bachelor programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The most important courses are "Identity, Diversity and Inclusion" (together with Sawitri Saharso) and "Ethnographic Monographs" (together with Herbert Ploegman). In addition, she supervises Bachelor, Master and PhD students. She regularly gives guestlectures about gender, migration and development issues, with a special focus on Yemen and Ethiopia.

Grants

Marina de Regt has obtained a number of research grants throughout her academic career. Her post-doctoral research was funded by an individual WOTRO grant (2004-2006). She obtained an individual fellowship at Humboldt University for the academic year 2011/2012. Together with Katarzyna Grabska and Nicoletta Del Franco she succesfully applied for funding from the Swiss Network for International Studies for the collaborative research project on adolescent girls migration (2014-2016). Her last collaborative project about early marriages among Syrian refugees in Jordan was funded by WOTRO again (as part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programme) (2017-2020).

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Academic qualification

PhD, University of Amsterdam

Jan 1998Dec 2002

Award Date: 22 Apr 2003

Master, University of Amsterdam

Sep 1984Jun 1990

Award Date: 29 Jun 1990

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences
  • gender
  • migration
  • labour
  • Middle East
  • Horn of Africa
  • Yemen
  • Ethiopia
  • girls
  • women
  • development
  • family history
  • life histories
  • feminist anthropology
  • anthropology
  • early marriage
  • Jordan
  • refugees
  • migrants

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