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
Transnational Migration, Intersectionality, Remittances, Urbanisation

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, by using translocality and intersectionality as the starting point of her theoretical framework, her project aims to understand how the intersection of class and gender shapes the economic and social remittances of Mongolian marriage and labour migrant women in Seoul. With her research, Vittoria hopes to address several research gaps and biases in the migration-class literature. In particular, she hopes, first, to examine the influence that classed identities and relations have on the mundane making of remittances; second, to research what (paid) jobs female marriage migrants engage in, besides reproductive and care work; and third, to shed light on the lived experiences of class, gender, and labour of female labour migrants, thus challenging their invisibility in East Asian labour markets. Vittoria is also interested in understanding how translocally classed and gendered social relations shape migrant women’s rationales for migrating, in particular, in relation to larger structural conditions such as, the regional labour market, national migration regulations, and global city aspirations and planning in Seoul and Ulaanbaatar.

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 semi-formal settlements, known as the 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 and resistance in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Since 2020, Vittoria has worked as a Speakers Officer for the LSESU Korea Future Association (LSESU KFA), where she co-organised the Korea Future Week 2021 by proposing, planning, and moderating an interdisciplinary panel on migration and ethnic diversity in South Korea. She is currently working on the Korea Future Forum 2022 and the East Asian Tigers Forum 2022 (EATF).

Vittoria is also a member of the review committee of the Revista de Relaciones Internacionales of the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (National University of Costa Rica).

From November 2021 to May 2022, she will take part in the Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC)’s Visiting Program Scholar.

Research interests:

  • Transnational and translocal migration
  • Class and the Feminisation of migration
  • Remittances
  • Global city making in Northeast Asia
  • Vernacular housing

Prof Hyun Bang Shin
Prof Claire Mercer

Expertise Details

Transnational Migration; Intersectionality; Remittances; Urbanisation; North-East Asia