Karen Liao is a geographer with an interdisciplinary background and a specialization in migration within Asia. She completed her PhD in Geography at the National University Singapore (NUS) in 2022. Her PhD research focused on labour migration and return, particularly the repatriation of Filipino migrant workers. She was previously Research Associate at the Scalabrini Migration Center in Manila, where she worked on projects related to temporary migration in the Europe-Philippines migration corridor, youth employment and migration, Filipino professional and skilled migrants, and children of migrant and multicultural families in Asia.
Within the MigrationRhythms project team, Karen will be focusing on the project's qualitative family history interviews component, together with project leader Marta Bivand Erdal, where Karen is taking the lead on data collection in Hanoi and Manila.