Lorena Izaguirre

Lorena Izaguirre currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Lorena is a sociologist trained in Peru, France, and Belgium. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Political and Social Sciences from Université Catholique de Louvain (2019) and has several years of teaching and research experience. She has specialized in migration studies (South-South migration, return migration, migration and development) particularly in South America, drawing on fieldwork experiences in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.

Her doctoral thesis explores the trajectories and mobility practices of three cohorts of Peruvian migrants in São Paulo over the past three decades (1980–2015). Based on this case study, she sheds light on the relationship between spatial and social mobility and analyzes how class, ethnicity, and gender are intertwined in migrants’ pathways.