Martina  Vittoria Sottini

Martina Vittoria Sottini

PhD candidate in Human Geography and Urban Studies

Department of Geography and Environment

English, Italian, Korean, Spanish
Key Expertise
Migration, Urbanisation, Housing, North-East Asia

About me

Martina Vittoria Sottini is a PhD candidate in Human Geography and Urban Studies. She is currently developing doctoral research on Mongolian migration to South Korea, migrants’ lived experiences in Seoul, and the impact of their remittances on Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city. She holds a MSc degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam; her dissertation was about internal Mongolian migration, unplanned urbanisation, and urban conflicts in Ulaanbaatar’s ger districts. Prior to that, she obtained a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the LUISS Guido Carli University, where she conducted research on Indigenous peoples’ rights in Latin America, multicultural education and political struggles in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Research interests
• Transnational urbanism and home-making
• Creation, diffusion, and impact of remittances
• World-city making in North-East Asia
• Urban informality and inequality
• Visual methods and ethnography

Read Vittoria's latest blog post/visual essay: “Nomadic Modernity: Ulaanbaatar and the Challenges of Modern Mongolia”, Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS), University of Amsterdam

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Expertise Details

Mobility; Unplanned urbanization; Housing; Mongolia