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Nikki Dunne

Nikki Dunne
Nikki Dunne
Edinburgh UK UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Care chains, gender, Migrant work, transnational families, Transnational caregiving, Globalization, Qualitative Research Methods, Intersectionality, Inequality in the labour market


My research contributes to the academic literature on the globalisation of care, by exploring the understandings of care that care migrants bring with them when they move from one country to another, and how these conceptualisations may influence their experiences and performances of care, both in the workplace and in transnational caregiving practices. Located in the literature on the global care chain and the transnational family, the research argues that pre-migration understandings and configurations of care must be considered when looking at the movement of care workers. At a time of increased mobility of care workers, the global has been the scale of most theorisations on care migration; local configurations and understandings of care are not considered in the analysis of the intersections of care and migration. Looking at how how a group of skilled care migrants conceptualise and understand care in the context of their life experiences and mobilities, this research argues that 'biographies of care' influence experiences and practices of care. This study will involve semi-structured biographical interviews with female Indian nurses, and qualitative care diaries in order to contextualise and extend the analysis in an attempt to bring local considerations into global conceptual frameworks.



Previous Studies

  • MSc Development Studies (Distinction), University College Dublin
  • BSocSc with Distinction (Sociology and Anthropology), National University of Ireland, Maynooth



  • (fortcoming) 'Transnational Mobilities and Intersectionalities Across Time and Space: An Indian Nurses’ Migration Trajectory', Working Paper Series “Gender, Diversity and Migration”, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • (forthcoming) Book Review 'Transnational Families, Migration & the Circulation of Care', edited by L. Baldassar & L. Merla. Sociology
  • 2013. Book Review 'Feminism and Migration: Cross-Cultural Engagements', edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio. Gender and Development 21, 2


Conferences & Presentations




  • 2015 Guest lecturer for Sociology of Emotions, [honours & postgraduate], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2014 Guest speaker for Global Politics of Sex & Gender, [honours], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.


  • 2013, 2014 Senior Tutor for Sustainable Development 2A:  Perspectives on Sustainable Development, [second year undergraduate], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2013, 2014, Sociological Fundamentals 1, [first year undergraduate], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2014 Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination, [first year undergraduate], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2015 Sociology of Emotions [honours & postgraduate], School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh.


Research Posts

  • Research Assistant: Clayoquot Sound Eco/feminist Archive, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Intern - Distance Education Project, University of Edinburgh
  • Research Assistant: Irish Qualitative Data Archive, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Ireland
  • Research Assistant: Opt-In Programme, Fingal Centre for the Unemployed Ltd, Dublin. Analysis of health and policy legislation in Ireland designed to combat educational disadvantage





  • 2012-2015 College of Humanities and Social Science Studentship, University of Edinburgh
  • 2014 PhD Conference and Fieldwork Fund, The University of Edinburgh

  • 2008 Professor Liam Ryan Prize, Best Results in Final Year Sociology, NUIM

  • 2007 Dublin Docklands Authority's Third Level Scholarship Programme