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Description of research and teaching

In my PhD research (2016) I studied the transnational everyday lives of Latin American women in Barcelona and their subjectivities as migrants. My previous research has been on the migration and detention of Latin American women in Mexico (2008; 2006) and on the working conditions and work well-being in social work (review on international research, see Meltti & Kara 2009).

Currently, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in the project "Ordering the ’migrant family’: power asymmetry work and citizenisation in restructuring welfare professional bureaucracies", funded by the Academy of Finland.

Conceptually and thematically I have been interested in time and temporality in migration, migration status and irregularity, transnational family ties and connectivity, emotions and meaning-making in migration, intersectionality, (in)visibility and belonging. Methodologically my interests lie in collaborative and creative research methods and multilingual research.

My teaching has included the following topics: irregular migration, transnational migration, global social work, intersectionality in social work, ethics in qualitative research on sensitive issues.




  • 5145 Social work
  • Transnational migration
  • Intersectionality
  • Belonging
  • Time and temporality
  • Creative research methods
  • Participative research methods
  • Multilingual research
  • Latin American Studies
  • Postcolonial Feminism

Publications 2008 2018

Negotiations of belonging in the transnational everyday lives of Latin American migrant women in Barcelona

Kara, H., 2018, p. 28-29. 2 p.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstractResearch

Sosiaalityöntekijöiden työolot, -ympäristö ja työhyvinvointi sekä niihin vaikuttavat tekijät

Meltti, T. & Kara, H., 2009, Sosiaalialan työolojen hyvä kehittäminen. Yliruka, L., Koivisto, J. & Karvinen-Niinikoski, S. (eds.). Helsinki: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, p. 22-39 18 p. (Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriön julkaisuja; no. 2009:4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Naisten epävirallinen siirtolaisuus Meksikossa - Kohtaamisia Méxicon siirtolaisasemalla

Kara, H., 2008, In : El Norte. 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2017 2021


Master's thesis of the year

Hanna Kara (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2006 2019

Social imaginary, meaning-making and belonging in transnational migration

Hanna Kara (Speaker)
10 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Sosiaalityön tutkimuksen päivät 2019

Hanna Kara (Speaker: Presenter)
9 May 201910 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Aalborg University

Hanna Kara (Visiting researcher)
2 May 201815 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Negotiations of belonging in the transnational everyday lives of Latin American migrant women in Barcelona

Hanna Kara (Speaker)
15 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation