Geraldine has joined ODID as a DPhil student with ‘The remittance debate reconsidered: Understanding transnational transfers among Ghanaian migrants in the UK and their relatives in Ghana’ as her proposed research title. She is supervised by Hein de Haas and Oliver Bakewell.
Geraldine's research explores transnational transfers among Ghanaian migrants in the UK and their relatives in Ghana. She uses Bourdieu’s conceptualisation of capital (social, cultural and economic) to understand the role of socio-economic and class backgrounds in shaping not only the nature but also the direction of transnational transfers between Ghanaian migrants and their relatives. She contends that transnational economic exchanges between Ghanaian migrants and their family members are not always uni-directional, that is, from the migrant in the Global North to family members in the Global South. They are reciprocal in nature and they alternate depending on the standard of living of both migrants and their relatives in Ghana.
Geraldine holds a BA and an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Ghana. For her MPhil, she investigated transnational family arrangements among Ghanaians migrants and their relatives. Before joining ODID, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana.