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María Villares-Varela

Maria VillaresMaría Villares-Varela is a Research Officer at the International Migration Institute and a James Martin Fellow.

Contact: +44(0)1865 281735, maria.villares@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Research focus

María is interested in immigration, labour markets and employment relations, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial strategies as a means of social incorporation into host societies, from a gender perspective.

Current IMI projects

María works on the Determinants of International Migration (DEMIG) project, and on the Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration project.

Background

María completed her PhD entitled 'Immigration and Entrepreneurship in Spain: the Differential Mobilization of Financial, Human and Social Capital', at the Sociology Department at the University of A Coruna (Spain). Her research explores the impact of financial and human capital on the mobilization of social capital for the entrepreneurial strategies of Latin Americans in Spain.

Prior to joining IMI, she held an assistant lecturer position at the Sociology Department at the University of A Coruna and has collaborated in numerous national and international research projects as part of the ESOMI-Spain (Research Team on Sociology of International Migration). In particular, María was involved in the OECD-funded project 'Latin American Immigration to OECD Countries'; the 5th Framework Project 'The Chances of Second Generation Family Members of Ethnic Entrepreneurs: Intergenerational and Gender Aspects of Quality of Life Processes' (co-ordinated by Frankfurt am Main University); and the European Social Fund project 'EQUAL CONVIVE +: Labour Incorporation of Immigrants as Self-Employees'.

María has been a visiting scholar at COMPAS (University of Oxford); IMES (University of Amsterdam); ISET (London Metropolitan University); School of Social Sciences and Law (Oxford Brookes); and ERCOMER (University of Utrecht).

Publications

  • Vezzoli, S., Villares-Varela, M. and H. de Haas (2014) 'Uncovering international migration flow data: Insights from the DEMIG databases', IMI Working Paper 88. Oxford: International Migration Institute.
  • Villares, M. and Oso, L. (forthcoming) ‘Latin American Entrepreneurs and Sustainability Processes’, Gender, Work and Organization.
  • Villares, M. (2013) ‘Migración y autoempleo en AL: lecciones aprendidas para la inserción laboral por cuenta propia’, Propuesta para vincular las políticas de migración y empleo en ALC, Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP).
  • Villares, M. (2012) ‘Inmigración y empresa en Galicia: la movilización del capital humano, financiero y social’ . Editorial Académica Española.
  • Ribas, N. and Villares, M. (2012) ‘Aproximación al empresariado de origen inmigrante desde una perspectiva europea y de género’, in  Lopez, F (coord.) Empresariado Inmigrante, Instituciones y Desarrollo. Ed. Comares. Granada
  • Oso, L. and Villares, M. (2012) ‘Empresariado étnico en Galicia: una alternativa  a los nichos ocupacionales ‘enclaustrantes’ para la población inmigrante’, in Lopez, F (coord.) Empresariado Inmigrante, Instituciones y Desarrollo. Ed. Comares. Granada
  • Villares, M. and Oso, L. (2012) “Latin American Entrepreneurs and Sustainability Processes”, in Gender, Work and Organization (forthcoming)
  • Villares, M. (2012) ‘Por el negocio o a pesar del negocio? La intersección entre familia y empresa para los inmigrantes emprendedores’,  in Papers (forthcoming)
  • Villares, M. (2012) “The Use of Family as Social Capital: Narratives on the Household and the Business” in Estudios Migratorios (forthcoming)
  • Oso, L., Golías, M., and Villares, M. (2012) ‘Inmigrantes y retornados en Galicia: la construcción del puente transnacional’, in Política y Sociedad,   no 45.
  • Villares, M. (2011) ‘Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Spain as Empowerment Strategy for Women’, in Tsobanoglou, G. (ed): Women Livelihoods and Socio Economic Growth. The Women Press.Delhi
  • Oso, L. y Villares, M. (2010) ‘La inserción socio-laboral de los emigrantes gallegos en Europa: los casos de Francia y Países Bajos’, in Estudios MIgratorios no. 18.
  • Villares, M. (2010) 'Female Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Spain: The Creation of a Model for the Analysis of Entrepreneurship Strategies', in M. Abraham et al (eds.), Women and Citizenship in a Local/Global World, Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Villares, M. (2009) 'L’insertion sur el marché du travail des femmes marrocaines en Espagne: service domestique et entreprenariat éthnique', MRE, précarité et droits humains, Fondation Hassan II (co-author with Ribas, N. and Oso, L.)
  • Villares, M. and L. Oso (2008) 'Latinoamericanos empresarios en España: una estrategia de movilidad ocupacional', in G. Herrera and J. Ramirez, América Latina migrante: Estado, familia, identidades, Ecuador: FLACSO.
  • Oso, L., Golías, M. And Villares, M (2008) ‘Entrepreneurial process among migrant communities in Galicia European Social Fund-Equal Convive Máis. Xunta de Galicia
  • Villares, M. and R. Martinez (2006) 'Contextos de llegada e instalación', in A. Izquierdo (ed), Demografía de los extranjeros. Incidencia en el crecimiento de la población española. Fundación BBVA.
  • Oso, L. and Villares, M. (2005) ‘Mujeres inmigrantes latinoamericanas y empresariado étnico: dominicanas en Madrid, argentinas y venezolanas en Galicia’, in Revista Galega de Economía, vol. 14  Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
DEMIG Conference

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'Determinants of International Migration' conference. 23–25 September 2014 | Wolfson College, University of Oxford.