Centre for European and International Studies Research


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Dr Lara Momesso

  • Qualifications: BA (Sinology, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy), MA (Communication Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan), PhD (Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
  • Role Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Email: lara.momesso@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I completed my Master in International Communication Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taipei in 2008 before undertaking a PhD in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Currently I am a post-doctoral researcher at CEISR with a fellowship funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Between November 2013 and June 2015, I taught courses on China and East Asian studies at the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. I was a Research Fellow at the European Research Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and a Visiting Fellow at the Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan). I am one of the Board members of the European Association of Taiwan Studies.

My current research project, building on the case of marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations and applying an intersectional analysis framed within transnational feminist methodology, problematises mainstream literature on transnational migration studies. The case of cross-Strait marriage migration reveals particularly significant as, similarly to other contemporary transnational movements, it has emerged out of a context shaped by globalisation and the related push for liberalisation of movements, exchanges, investments across borders, yet it preserves a number of unique features related to the controversial cross-Strait relations. Furthermore, this phenomenon, being related to the reproductive sphere and involving a majority of women, also brings in the aspect of gender that further problematises opportunities and constraints and the related strategies of negotiation within and beyond the family sphere.


Gender Studies, Migration Studies, Taiwan Studies