Susanne Hofmann

Lecturer in Sociology and Policy

For a long time, I have worked on the topic of gender and migration, and how contemporary border regimes impact on migratory trajectories and experiences of people from the Global South. A particular focus of interest were “sexual migrations” and their complicated entanglements with immigration policies and border enforcement, and the risk of becoming a victim of crime. I have conducted research with migrating sex workers at the US-Mexico border and scrutinised policy measures to prevent human trafficking in Brazil.

More recently, I studied the gendered impacts of resource extraction in the Global South. The arrival of extractive activities in a region generally ushers in significant social change that tends to affect women more negatively than men. Whilst extractive cultures have become associated with the reinforcement of gendered divisions of labour and inequality, my work also explores the opportunities that women exploit in the peripheral economies that accompany extractive endeavours.

My current research looks at the role of gender in the context of a progressing securitisation agenda in Latin America. In particular, I scrutinise the impacts of policies aimed at protecting women and vulnerable populations from violence in Mexico and Central America, as well as examine the nexus of the professionalisation of the feminist anti-violence movement and the judicialisation and bureaucratisation of its strategies in contemporary Latin America.