Ilka Vari-Lavoisier is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CASI. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm, Paris) in 2015. She holds a joint Masters degree in Social Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and a B.A in Political Science from Science Po, Aix-en-Provence (CV).
In her dissertation, Ilka developed an interdisciplinary approach to remittances and focused on the political consequences of migrants’ economic transfers to Senegal. As part of her doctorate, she took part in developing a transnational survey, implemented by the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in three countries and she spent two years in Dakar as the research coordinator for the implementation of the study in five localities of Senegal.
While completing her dissertation, Ilka joined the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton in 2013-14 and subsequently collaborated with the Center for Migration and Development and the Office of Population Research in 2014-15.
At CASI, Ilka's research interests include mixed methods research, international and internal migration, South-South circulations, economic sociology, and social cognition.