Hanna Kara


    Research areas

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

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.




Latest publications

  1. 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

  2. The makings of migrant subjectivities: time and intersectionality in the transnational everyday lives of Latin American women in Barcelona

    Kara, H., 14 Jun 2016, Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research. 302 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

  3. 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

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Latest activities

  1. Social imaginary, meaning-making and belonging in transnational migration

    Hanna Kara (Speaker)
    10 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. 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

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Latest prizes

  1. Master's thesis of the year

    Hanna Kara (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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