Dr. Dora Sampaio

Curriculum Vitae

Dora Sampaio holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sussex, where she looked at the diversity of ageing migrants on the Portuguese islands of the Azores, exploring migrants’ transnational experiences of ageing, home, care, and belonging. Dora’s research interests lie at the intersection of ageing and migration, with a particular focus on the social and spatial dimensions of the ageing –migration nexus, transnational mobilities, cultures of ageing, and the challenges of home-making and ageing care in a mobile world. Prior to this, she was a researcher in migration studies at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon. She has published her work in Area, Finisterra – the Portuguese Journal of Geography, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She has co-edited a special section of Area on ‘geographies of ageing–migration nexus’ together with Russell King and Katie Walsh.

She joined the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ Research Group, led by Dr. Megha Amrith, in June 2018. In her project, she looks at the ‘(Im)mobilities of transnational ageing care and family re-negotiations across borders’ with a focus on Brazilian ageing parents and their migrant offspring in North America and Europe.



Research projects



Fonseca, M. L., McGarrigle, J., Esteves, A., Sampaio, D., Carvalho, R. F., Malheiros, J., & Moreno, L. (2012). Modes of inter-ethnic coexistence in three neighbourhoods in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area: a comparative perspective. Lisbon: Colibri / Centro de Estudos Geográficos.


Sampaio, D., King, R., & Walsh, K. (2018). Geographies of the ageing-migration nexus: An introduction. Area, 50(4), 440-443. doi:10.1111/area.12463. Link

Contributions to a Collected Edition

Sampaio, D., & Carvalho, R. F. (2017). From the Al-Maghrib to the Al-Gharb: an anatomy of the recruitment and labour incorporation of Moroccan agricultural workers in the Algarve, Southern Portugal. In A. Corrado, C. De Castro, & D. Perrotta (Eds.), Migration and agriculture: mobility and change in the Mediterranean area. Routledge ISS studies in rural livelihoods (15) (pp. 231-246). London: Routledge.

Sampaio, D. (2017). ‘Is this really where home is?’ Experiences of home in a revisited homeland among ageing Azorean returnees. In Z. Vathi, & R. King (Eds.), Return migration and psychosocial wellbeing discourses, policy-making and outcomes for migrants and their families. Routledge research in race and ethnicity. London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Sampaio, D. (2020) Ageing strategically: On migration, care, and diversity in later life. Population, Space and Place. Link

Sampaio, D., & King, R. (2019). It's not everybody that wants to stay on a remote island’: Understanding distinction in the context of lifestyle migrants growing older in the Azores. Journal of rural studies, 72, 186-195. Link

Sampaio, D. (2018). A place to grow older … alone? Living and ageing as a single older lifestyle migrant in the Azores. Area, 50(4), 459-466. Link

Sampaio, D., King, R., & Walsh, K. (Eds.). (2018). Geographies of the ageing-migration nexus [Special Issue]. Area, 50(4). Link

Sampaio, D. (2017). Ageing ‘here’ or ‘there’? Spatio-temporalities in older labour migrants’ return aspirations from the Azores. Finisterra, 52(106), 49-64.

King, R., Lulle, A., Sampaio, D., & Vullnetari, J. (2016). Unpacking the ageing–migration nexus and challenging the vulnerability trope. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(2), 182-198.

Sampaio, D., & Esteves, A. (2013). Language proficiency among immigrants and the establishment of interethnic relations: a comparative analysis of Bilbao, Lisbon and Rotterdam. Finisterra, XLVII(96), 65-88.


Sampaio, D. (2019). Blog post: ‘Boa viagem’ (or ‘visa trips’): on migration, separation, and faith. Accounts from my fieldwork with transnational Brazilian families. Link

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

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