Dr Francis Vinicius Portes Virginio

Research Associate

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I have been at the department since 2014 as a doctoral researcher and in 2018 I was appointed as a postdoctoral research associate.  Prior to coming to Scotland, I worked closely with migrants, refugees and other vulnerable communities in Latin America, mediating conflict with governmental and non-governmental institutions. My research interests lie in the political economy of labour migration, with a particular focus on the relationship between new patterns of migration and strategies for economic development in the Global South. Over the last four years, I have also been involved in different research projects which draw upon community empowerment and sustainable environmental management. My work as a research associate will examine the formation of southern corridors of migration in the Brazilian Amazonian region and the incorporation of migrant workers in need of Humanitarian protection into industries that are part of ‘sustainable development’ agendas.


I hold a BA in Psychology from the State University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a Double Master’s degree in Intercultural Mediation from KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Lille 3 (France), with complementary studies in Gender Theory and Forced Migration at UNAM in Mexico.


Covid-19 e a etapa das carpas : como a experiência dos venezuelanos em Roraima nos informa sobre o aprofundamento do neoliberalismo autoritário no Brasil
Stefano Daniela, Virginio Francis, Garvey Brian
Direitos Humanos no Brasil 2020 Relatório da Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (2020) (2020)
A perfeita tempestade de precariedade : os novos imigrantes e a exploração do trabalho
Virginio Francis, Garvey Brian
Direitos Humanos No Brasil 2019 Relatório da Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (2019) (2019)
The mythical shapeshifting of capital and petrification of labour : deepening conflict on the agrofuel frontier
Garvey Brian, Souza Edevaldo Aparecido, Rodrigues Mendonça Marcelo, dos Santos Crispim Valmir, Portes Virginio Francis Vinicius
Antipode Vol 51, pp. 1185-1209 (2019)
The perforated borders of labour migration and the formal state : meta-state and para-state regulation
Virginio Francis Vinicius Portes, Garvey Brian, Stewart Paul
Employee Relations Vol 39, pp. 391-407 (2017)

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Research interests

My research interests focus on the migration-development nexus, employment and regulatory migration frameworks with a particular focus on south-south migration and Latin American development.

Professional activities

Public Hearings with migrant representatives
Public Hearings with migrant representatives
Seminar about the rights of children and adolescents for migrant organisations
Trainning For Multipliers
Trabalho Migrante: From research to Action in the pandemic
Understanding and transforming the experiences of south to south migration and labour exploitation

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So who is building sustainable development? Transforming exploitative labour along southern corridors of migration (ESRC Global Challenges)
Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher) Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Paul (Co-investigator) Alves, José (Co-investigator)
The participatory research aims to investigate and transform the increasingly widespread link between the concentration of migrants in need of humanitarian protection along migration corridors in the Brazilian Amazonia region; the requirement of large and flexible workforces for large infrastructure projects including construction and agribusiness; exploitative labour conditions in these industries that that are part of ‘sustainable development’ agendas. The project engages workers from Brazil, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Senegal and various other African states in order to:
document the influence of formal and informal agents on the migrant workers' journey and employment
identify deficits in dignified work and social protection
Collectively propose transformative solutions via a range of media;
facilitate direct social dialogue between migrant workers, project partners and government, industrial, labour and non-profit agencies,at state, regional and national level
03-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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