Dr Francis Vinicius Portes Virginio

Research Associate

Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

Dr. Francis Portes Virginio is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on his project: the Securitisation of Nature, Displacement and Unfree Labour in Brazil`s Amazon’. 

Francis' research is broadly concerned with the types of labour/migration  regimes and logistical infrastructures that build sustainable development projects in extractive corridors. 

His current work critically interrogates the role military and paramilitary frameworks play in accommodating global chains of value production and distribution in the Brazilian Amazonian region. He is interested in feminist, anti-racist and postcolonial materialist approaches to political economy, supply chain management and employment regulation. 

His research and publications lie primarily in the fields of global commodity chains, labour migration, forced displacement, social reproduction (SRT), slave labour and other forms of unfree labour relations. 

Francis also values public engagement and community participation in research and the decision-making process. He has worked closely with migrants, refugees and indigenous communities in Brazil, supporting them to influence policy and practice via engagement with governmental institutions. 

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Prize And Awards

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
Nominee for the SAGE Prize for Innovation/Excellence 2024
Santander Mobility Fund
Research Excellence Award - PhD Studentship
ERASMUS MUNDUS -European Commission Research Award

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Francis holds a Ph.D. in Work, Employment and Organisation from the University of Strathclyde, a Double Master’s degree in Migration Studies and Conflict Mediation from KU Leuven (Belgium), and the University of Lille (France), and a BA in Psychology from the State University of São Paulo (Brazil). 

Regional Expertise: Latin America

Country Expertise: Brazil 

Languages: Portuguese (Native Speaker), English, French and Spanish. 


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Professional Activities

Boundary Crossing: The Transnational Travels of Social Reproduction
Theories and Histories of Racial Capitalism
Unfreedom in labour-value chains
Invited speaker
Logistics of social reproduction
Invited speaker
International Labour Process Conference 2023
The (in)securitization of migration in the Amazon frontier: Logistics, deregulation and the degradation of Work

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Securitisation of Nature, Displacement and Unfree labour in Brazil's Amazon
Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Principal Investigator)
Leverhulme Early Career fellowship (ECF)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
UKRI CoA Covid Extension
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher) Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Researcher)
UKRI sponsored extension of projects affected by Covid-19
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
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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Dr Francis Vinicius Portes Virginio
Research Associate
Work, Employment and Organisation

Email: francis.portes-virginio@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4977