Marthe is an anthropologist working on migrants’ journeys in contexts of crisis. Through a combination of ethnographic research and conceptual synthesis her work fosters new understandings of the anthropology of mobility.
Empirically, this work is developed through a multi-sited ethnography of undocumented sub-Saharan migrants’ journeys through Libya and by boat to Europe. Her doctoral thesis (Mobility in Crisis: Sub-Saharan Migrants’ Journeys through Libya and Malta; Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford; 2017) front-stages the ‘journey’ as a focal analytic for understanding and conceptualizing migrants’ mobilities. It generates a suite of concepts – confinement, stillness, borders, navigation – through close attention to lived experiences of mobile subjects, consequently rendering anthropological enquiry more attuned to mobility.
This research was followed up by a small grant from the Society for Libyan Studies (an academic body and charitable organisation sponsored by the British Academy; 2017-2018) to generate longitudinal perspectives on the temporal dimensions of mobility (Afterlives of Journeys).
Marthe is currently expanding her research on the anthropology of mobility through a Wiener-Anspach postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains (LAMC) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium, examining relations between mobility and commodification (Commodified Mobility).
Marthe holds a DPhil (PhD) in Social Anthropology and an MPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research has been funded by a number of bodies at doctoral (Konrad-Adenauer Foundation; Kellogg College, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations in Oxford) and post-doctoral levels (Wiener-Anspach Foundation; Society for Libyan Studies). Marthe has earlier work experience on collaborative and comparative migration-related projects, in academia (DIAMINT) as well as for the UK Government Office for Science (BIS, Foresight) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).