Curriculum Vitae

Dora Sampaio (Ph.D. Human Geography, Sussex) is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Previously, she was an Associate Tutor and Guest Lecturer at the University of Sussex, where she taught in the fields of human geography and migration studies, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon, where she collaborated on a number of national and international projects in the field of migration studies. Her research interests lie at the intersection of ageing and transnational (im)mobilities, focusing on issues of care, intergenerational relationships, inequality, and strategy over the life course. She has published findings from her research in Area, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Finisterra, as well as in a number of edited volumes.

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). Languages of othering and cultural hybridity. Transnational cultures of ageing in the context of return to the Azores. Ageing & Society.  Link

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

Sampaio, D. (2020). Caring by Silence: How (Un)documented Brazilian Migrants Enact Silence as a Care Practice for Aging Parents. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.  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.

Esteves, A. & Sampaio, D. (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. (2020). Interview (based on the published article ‘A place to grow older … alone? Living and ageing as a single older lifestyle migrant in the Azores’, Area): Retired and Single in the Azores. Aging Horizons Bulletin, November/December Issue. Link

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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