Dr. Megha Amrith (Research Group Leader • Forschungsgruppenleiterin)

Dr. Megha Amrith (Research Group Leader • Forschungsgruppenleiterin)

Curriculum Vitae

Megha Amrith leads the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ Research Group at MPI-MMG, which examines the diverse interconnections between ageing, migration and translocal mobility in Asia, Africa and South America.

Her research is focused on migrant labour, care, ageing, inequalities, belonging and citizenship, as well as on everyday practices of conviviality, community and friendship in diverse urban spaces. She is author of the monograph Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia (NIAS Press, 2017), co-editor of the volume Gender, Work and Migration (with N. Sahraoui, Routledge, 2018) and has published her work in journals such as Ethnos, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Citizenship Studies and Urban Studies. While her work is primarily on the Southeast Asian region, it also incorporates comparative ethnographic perspectives from periods of fieldwork in Brazil and Spain.

Megha Amrith obtained a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, under a Gates Cambridge scholarship. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of Filipino migrants employed in the fields of medical and care work in Singapore. Prior to joining MPI-MMG, she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Metropolitan Studies at the University of São Paulo (2012-2013), conducting research on the networks and communities of low-wage migrants; and a research fellowship at the United Nations University Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona (2014 - 2017), working on themes relating to global migration, gender, and cities and engaging with wider audiences beyond the academy, including policy-makers and community organisations.

Research projects



Amrith, M. (2017). Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.

Collected Editions

Amrith, M., & Sahraoui, N. (Eds.). (2018). Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings. London: Routledge. Link

Journal Articles

Amrith, M. (2020). The linear imagination, stalled: changing temporal horizons in migrant journeys. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. doi:10.1111/glob.12280. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). The substance of care: Ethical dilemmas in migrant medical labour. Ethnos, 1-17. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Tentative friendships among low-income migrants in São Paulo’s commercial districts. Urban Studies, 55(3), 522-537. Link

Amrith, M., & Amrith, S. (2016). Migration, Health and Inequality in Asia. Development and Change, 47(4), 840-860.

Amrith, M. (2015). Pathways to Urban Citizenship among Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo. Citizenship Studies, 19(6-7), 649-663.

Amrith, M. (2015). Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants. Third Text, 29(6), 459-472. Link

Amrith, M. (2013). Encountering Asia: Narratives of Filipino Medical Workers on Caring for Other Asians. Critical Asian Studies, 45(2), 231-254.

Amrith, M. (2010). 'They Think we are Just Caregivers’: The Ambivalence of Care among Filipino Medical Workers in Singapore. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(3/4), 410-427.

Amrith, M., Johnson, J., Martin, D., Murawski, M., & Nelms, T. (2008). Harvesting Failure in the Field: An Ethnographic Apprenticeship in Coping with the Unexpected. Cambridge Anthropology, 28(1), 61-82.

Contributions to a Collected Edition

Amrith, M. (2018). Dignity of labour: Activism among Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and Barcelona. In M. Amrith, & N. Sahraoui (Eds.), Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings (pp. 65-82). London: Routledge. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Migration and Urbanization in Contemporary Asia. In F. Caprotti, & L. Yu (Eds.), Sustainable Cities in Asia. London: Routledge.

Amrith, M. (2015). Cities as Lived Spaces. In P. Nair, & T. Bloom (Eds.), Migration Across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience. London: Ashgate.


Amrith, M. (2020). Blog post: Enduring indifference and the vital labour of migrant domestic workers, Identities COVID-19 Blog Series. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Blog post: Guest reading list on ‘Care’, Network of Ethnographic Theory. Link

Amrith, M., & Sampaio, D. (2019). Blog post: Reflections on the ‘Grey is the New Pink: Moments of Ageing’ exhibition. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Book Review: Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in Los Angeles by Susanna Rosenbaum, Duke University Press. Anthropological Forum, 29(2), 190-192.

Amrith, M. (2018). Ageing in a time of mobility: a research agenda. MMG Working Paper, (18-01). Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing Bodies: Retiring from Temporary Lives. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing in a Time of Mobility: An Introduction. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Podcast: New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Link

Amrith, M. (2015). The Invisible Labour of Female Migrants in the Care Sector. Barcelona: United Nations University.

Amrith, M. (2015). The Empowerment of Domestic Workers. Barcelona: United Nations University.

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