Research Assistant
Spoken languages
English, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • International migration
  • Mobility
  • Migration and Labour
  • Gender, women and public policies
  • Ethnicity
  • The social and political construction of race and ethnicity
  • Ethics and morality
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Europe
  • South America
  • North America
  • North-South relations

Elise Hjalmarson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master of Arts with a dual focus in Political Science and Sociology from the University of British Columbia. She is presently working on the ERC-funded project “Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the ‘Good Life’ in Times of Crisis” (BETLIV) with Drs. Valerio Simoni and Jérémie Voirol. Accordingly, her dissertation project, “In Pursuit of Lifeworlds Worth Inhabiting: Migration, Morality, and Otherwise Futures”, considers the geographic mooring of migration aspirations and asks what, exactly, migrants pursue in their journeys toward a ‘better’ life. The case mobilized by her project is that of the migration trajectories and experiences of Latin Americans—particularly Cubans and Ecuadorians—for whom Spain is, or has been, or may be, a significant destination.


Selected Publications