Sophie Samyn

Sophie Samyn

Social work and social pedagogy , Faculteit Psychologie en Pedagogische Wetenschappen


Research themes: Borders, migration governance and people on the move

Sophie Samyn studied media and theatre studies at the Ghent University (Belgium) during which she specialized in Nigerian film making practices by migrants in Europe. As a result of her interest in migration, she worked for a number of years with migrants in Italy and Belgium. After an advanced Masters in Conflict and Development, with final research on the trafficking of Nigerian women to Europe, she conducted a research project with Sarah Adeyinka on the wellbeing of African women working in prostitution in Brussels. She is currently part of the TRAHOME research project on the pathways of hidden homelessness, as a Phd candidate, under the supervision of Prof. Griet Roets. In this Phd research she conducts ethnographic field work to capture the experiences of homeless migrants with precarious residency status and their relation to social work practices in the city of Ghent.

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