Milena Belloni is the key investigator in this project. She is an ethnographer specialized in migration and refugee studies. Milena has conducted extensive fieldwork in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Italy and Holland. Her research mainly concerns refugees’ migration dynamics and integration pathways, transnational refugee families, migrant smuggling, and ethnographic methods. Her study on the migration of Eritreans to Europe, The Big Gamble, is published by the University of California Press (2019). For more information on her work see https://unitn.academia.edu/MilenaBelloni
Sara De Hertog is currently conducting research on family reunification of refugees in Belgium under the supervision of Milena Belloni. Sara has more than 7 years of experience in migration practice and law. She is currently working at the Federal Ombudsman (http://www.federaalombudsman.be/homepage) where she examines complaints from citizens against the Belgian Immigration Office and the federal public service Foreign Affairs. Previously, she worked at the immigration service of the City of Antwerp. She studied Sociology and International Relations at the University of Antwerp and the UC Leuven and conducted fieldwork in Palestine, Israel and Guatemala.
Gert Verschraegen is associate professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp, where he is currently serving as the head of the department of Sociology. His research interests cover the fields of cultural sociology, theoretical sociology and the sociology of science and knowledge. Gert is the promotor of "Exiled and Separated" at the University of Antwerp.
Ellen Desmet is an Assistant Professor of Migration Law. She teaches Belgian, European and international migration law, coordinates the migration law component of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic, and co-lectures legal anthropology. Ellen’s research interests are situated in the field of asylum and migration law, with particular attention for human and children’s rights implications, as well as social-scientific perspectives. Ellen is the co-promotor of "Exiled and Separated" at the University of Ghent.
Marta Meers is a film student at Sint-Lukas Brussels. She collaborates as a filmmaker and photographer in the project. She works on the visualization of Exiled and Separated using the medium of short documentary. Her audiovisual work focuses on human rights, migration and the environment thus this is also seen in previous works. Information on previous projects can be found on her online portfolio