Helia López Zarzosa

Chilean Sociologist, PhD (2011)

Pre-Exile: Sociology lecturer at the University of Chile, Osorno (1973-1976)

Exile in Britain (1976-1992): Women's Officer and Education Officer at Chile Democrático-G.B. headquarters in London. Founder and head of Saturday School for Chilean and Latin American refugee and migrant families. The aim was to empower working-class women to better face the institutional challenges of refugeehood and provide complementary education for them (1983-1988). Founder and Director of Latin American Children's Theatre Company (1989-1991) in which female migrants and refugees played key roles.

Return to Chile (1992-1995): Part-time sociology lecturer, workshop tutor for the children of returnee families at PIDEE, Conceptión.

Failed Return (1995-): Volunteer in Oxford for Asylum Welcome and The Children's Society. Guest lecturer on 'durable solutions' for refugees at Oxford Brookes. PhD research in Chile and Uk. IRMO Trustee and Vice-Chair (2016-2017).

Research Interests: Agency and gender in forced displacement/repatriation; gendered and classed diaspora politics; motherhood and migration.

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