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Marcos Estrada


I received my PhD by conducting the multi-sited ethnographic research Everyday Practices of Transnational Living: Making Sense of Brasiguaio identities, in which my focus was on capturing the socio-cultural dimensions of Brasiguaios’ daily activities, economic practices, identities, and aspirations. In the bordering towns of Ponta Porã (Brazil) and Pedro Juan Caballero (Paraguay), my study is deeply marked by the subjects’ everyday circulation and engagement in the socioeconomic life across both cities/countries, as if both towns/countries were one single place. In the ‘Brasiguaio landless camp’ in Itaquiraí (Brazil), my work was characterised by the subjects’ pursuit of land for subsistence farming in Brazil and Paraguay.


In parallel to my PhD research, I produced the award-winning ethnographic film Brasiguaios: Transnational Lives and Identities. The film and its trailer and further information are available at


My PhD research would not have been possible without the support of Brasiguaios who shared their time and life stories. I am also grateful for the institutional support received from the Department of Sociology, Institute of Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at University of Warwick; Brazilian Rural Workers' Landless Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra - MST), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the UK Society for Latin America Studies (SLAS).


My interests include, but they are not limited to, transnationalism, sociology of work, Social Movements and research methods.


After completing my PhD, I continued associate to the University if Warwick as a Fellow, and Editor of Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, in the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Visit Exchanges and our Call for papers here.