Funding for this research was provided by:
European Research Council (638259)
Received: 28 December 2017
Accepted: 8 May 2018
First Online: 6 July 2018
: Vanessa Grotti is Part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI, where she is Director of the EU BORDER CARE project, funded by an ERC Starting Grant. She is also member of the ASIL-EU Research Consortium on Asylum Law and Citizenship in EU Borderlands and of the ZIKA Social Science Network. She is a social and medical anthropologist interested in the study of health and healthcare systems, migration and borderlands, gender and minority rights, especially in contexts of social change and crisis. Over the last 13 years, she has worked in South America, Europe and West Africa. She was trained at Oxford and Cambridge University and has held research and teaching positions at the Collège de France, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Oxford University. She has raised funding and fellowships from UK and EU institutions such as the ESRC, the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Ville de Paris, the John Fell OUP Fund, Trinity College (Cambridge) and Wolfson College (Oxford). She has published on a range of topics which cover classic Amazonian themes such as first contacts, shamanism, religion, trade and objects, and extractive industries. She has also published on health and medicine in cross-cultural contexts, and migration and human security. Cynthia Malakasis is Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the European University Institute within the EU Border Care project. Her anthropological doctoral research at Florida International University examined whether and how post-1989, mass immigration to Greece challenged the country’s nationalist norms of collective belonging. Her research interests include nationalism, ethnicity, race, post-colonial dynamics with an emphasis on intra-European hierarchies, citizenship rights and the relationship between formal and substantial citizenship, and Greece. At EU Border Care, Cynthia Malakasis conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Athens, Greece, in settings where migrant research participants resided and received maternity care. Chiara Quagliariello is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) within the ANR-project HYPMEDPRO. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Siena and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Paris VIII, France. She has held research and teaching positions at the Laboratory of Fundamental Rights (LDF) of Turin, the University of Paris Descartes (Paris V), the University of Paris Vincennes (Paris VIII) and the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne. She has carried out researches in collaboration with the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) of Dakar, Senegal. She was visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, and at the University College London, UK. She has a long experience in field research in Italy, France, and Senegal. Her research interests include anthropology and sociology of health, focusing particularly on childbirth models, science, and technology; women’s reproductive rights; social and health inequalities; intercultural medicine and medical challenges in migrant patients’ health care. Nina Sahraoui is Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the European University Institute within the EU Border Care project. In this framework Nina conducted research with healthcare professionals as well as refugee and migrant women in European borderlands (Melilla/Ceuta and Mayotte). Nina has completed a 3-year Marie Curie fellowship at London Metropolitan University. Her doctoral research focused on migrant workers’ experiences in older-age care in London, Paris and Madrid and her research interests revolve around a gendered political economy analysis of the articulation of employment, care and migration regimes. Nina previously conducted research on diasporic identities, transnational mobilization and the ‘migration/development’ nexus, notably in relation to the Moroccan case. Nina studied at the Paris Institute of Political Science and completed a Master’s in International Affairs.
: The research presented herein was conducted as part of an ERC-funded project entitled ‘Intimate Encounters in European Borderlands: Migrant Motherhood, Sovereignty, and the Politics of Care on Europe’s Periphery’ (EU Border Care) lead by Professor Vanessa Grotti and based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI. The project’s ethical and data management and protection protocol was designed in collaboration with the ERCEA’s Ethics experts monitoring the project, and submitted to the ERCEA’s Independent Ethical Review Committee for review and approval. The project is also reviewed and assessed by the ERCEA at regular intervals to ensure ethical standards are upheld, and holds regular meetings with its Ethical Advisory Board to discuss protocols and standards. EU Border Care has also been approved by the EUI’s ethical review committee. EU Border Care also benefits from the support of its Ethical Advisory Board, constituted of academics, clinicians, and legal experts. Regular workshops and meetings are organised with board members to ensure ethical standards are maintained throughout the project.
: EU Border Care’s ethical and data management and protection protocol requires a strict adherence to free and prior informed consent, which, together with authorisations and permits, are recorded and stored following specific protocols to ensure protection and anonymity of all research participants and institutions, especially the most vulnerable. The project consent forms were specifically designed with the different categories of research participants in mind. Requesting and recording informed consent demands a different procedure according to the type of research participant. Our manuscript does not contain personal data, images, or videos to ensure maximum protection of our research participants.
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