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, Geo-arbitrage, 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 transnational Mongolian migration to South Korea. More specifically, her project aims to investigate how transnational Mongolian migrants practice geo-arbitrage in Seoul; from how multiscalar structural conditions motivate different migrants' geo-arbitrage activities to what assets they purchase and invest in while living in the host country. She is also interested in understanding how geo-arbitrage in turn shapes the meanings and functions that Mongolian migrants attach to their diasporic and inter-ethnic networks in Seoul.

Vittoria 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.

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

Research interests
• Transnational migration
• Geo-arbitrage
• Post-colonial theory
• World-city making in North-East Asia
• Critical mapping and ethnography

Prof Hyun Bang Shin
Prof Claire Mercer

Expertise Details

Transnational studies; Geo-arbitrage; Mongolia; South Korea