Gender, mobility and vulnerabilities (IP6–Gender and Mobility)


Our research group explores the effects of spatial mobility on the reconfiguration of gender vulnerabilities, from a multidimensional, multilevel and multidirectional perspective. It proposes to study and compare different forms of spatial mobility (expatriation, migration, residential change, educational mobility) in order to establish their links to vulnerability processes.
In Phase III, we will work on three research questions: 1) Are there meso-level patterns of accumulated gender dis/advantages over the life course? 2) How does transnational mobility influence spillover effects between life domains, particularly when individuals are confronted with potentially competing gender norms at different points in their trajectory? This research question will enable us to further explore the importance of “mobility skills” or “motility” - defined as a disposition or immaterial form of capital - for resisting vulnerability processes. 3) What is the interrelation between spatial mobility and the accumulation, conversion and reactivation of reserves across time, gender and generations?


Nicky Le Feuvre (University of Lausanne), Eric Davoine (University of Fribourg)
  • UNIL: Farinaz Fassa 
  • UNIGE: Marylène Lieber
  • HES-SO: Claudio Bolzman, Milena Chimienti 
  • EPFL (LaSUR): Vincent Kaufmann
  • FORS: Boris Wernli
  • Geneva Graduate Institute:
Researchers and post-docs
  • UNIL: Pierre Bataille, Soline Blanchard, Isabel Boni-Le Goff, Alexandre Camus, Marylou Cler, Lavinia Gianettoni, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Valeria Insarauto, Jean-Marie Le Goff, Angèle Mendy, Marc Perrenoud,  Thierry Rossier, Nathalie Rougier
  • UNIGE: Karine Duplan
  • EPFL (LaSUR): Guillaume Drevon
  • FORS: Michèle Ernst Staehli
  • UNI Fribourg: Xavier Salamin 
Doctoral students
  • UNIL: Pierre Benz, Robin Casse, Annelise Erismann, Marie Sautier
  • UNI Fribourg: Nathalie Mancini-Vonlanthen