María Hernández-Carretero left PRIO in 2014. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

María Hernández-Carretero

María Hernández-Carretero

Interests and experience

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I am currently working on my doctoral dissertation, which is part of the larger project Theorising Risk, Money and Moralities in Migration (TRiMM). My case study focuses on Senegalese migration to Spain, involving fieldwork in Spain and Senegal.

Other research areas (past and present) include:

  • Unauthorized maritime migration from Senegal, West Africa, to the Canary Islands, Spain.
  • Migrant decision-making. Focus on the concept of risk-taking as part of the decision to migrate through dangerous, unauthorised routes.
  • European approaches to migration control.


2008: MPhil in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies.
University of Tromsø, Norway.

2006: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociocultural Anthropology and International Development Studies (Joint Honours).
McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

2002: International Baccalaureate (IB).
Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Working experience:

2009 - present: Researcher, PRIO

2008 - 2009: Research Assistant, PRIO.

2008 and 2009: Assistant Coordinator for the Peace Research course at the International Summer School (ISS) of the University of Oslo.

June-December 2006: Research Assistant at the International Center for Migration and Health (ICMH), Geneva, Switzerland.


Spanish (mother tongue), English, French, Norwegian, Wolof (conversational).

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