Belén Fernández Suárez

Lecturer in Sociology

A Coruña (Galicia)

From October 28 to November 8, 2019

Biography —

Personal web

Belén Fernández Suárez is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of A Coruña, Spain. She holds a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of A Coruña. She defended her PhD at University of A Coruña at the end of 2015 on the analysis of the institutionalization of immigrants integration policies at the regional level in Spain. She obtained a qualification of excellent with a cum laude mention and was awarded with the Extraordinary Prize to the Best Doctoral Thesis by the University of A Coruña. Her main lines of research are migration policies, local integration policies, and comparative policies of immigration. She did research stays at the University of California-San Diego, University of Lisbon, University of Sheffield (UK), University of Poitiers (France) and University of California-Berkeley. 

Her hobbies include photography and travelling. In her daily routine she enjoys walking in the city with her adopted dog, Xan. 

Project at Faber —

At the Faber Residency, I will be working on an article -which I am developing altogether with Keina Espiñeira (Postdoc, UDC)- about the “new municipalism” in Madrid and Barcelona and their local immigration policies. In this proposal, I want to analyse to what extent the new municipalism in Madrid and Barcelona serves to protect and expand the rights of migrants who are in an irregular administrative situation and, specifically, how far local governance can subvert internal control over this group. Our research question is whether it is possible from municipal administration to oppose state bordering practices, and what the limits are.