Research Team

Dr. Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

Principal Investigator

FNRS Tenured Research Associate, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Lucas Monteil

Postdoctoral Researcher (AspirE)

“Situated Mixedness”

Aaron Raphael Ponce

PhD Researcher

“Nation(ality), Sex(uality) and Class: Cross-Border Relationship Trajectories of Gay Belgian-Chinese Couples”

Mimy Keomanichanh

PhD Researcher

“Emotion work and conjugal dynamics: Belgian-Laotian couples in Belgium and Laos”

Mari Kawase

PhD Researcher

“Sexualité et mixité conjugale : les couples belgo-japonais en Belgique et au Japon” 

Associate Members

Dr. Catherine Lourdes Dy

EU Senior Adviser

NORCE Norwegian Research Center, Norway

Research keywords: Gender, migration, and security

Dr. Herbary Cheung

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Gender Studies

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences 
Monash University

Research keywords: Gender, sexuality and development,  Transnational migration and refugee, Contextual mobility, Family, marriage and health, Intersectionality, Southeast Asia-Hong Kong connections

Dr. Laure Sizaire

Postdoctoral Researcher (AspirE)

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Research keywords: gendered globalization of marriage market, transnational intimacies and conjugalities, international matchmaking, migratory projects and experiences

Dr. Miyako Hayakawa

Postdoctoral Researcher (AspirE)

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Research keywords:  anthropology of family and kinship, Japanese migration, international divorce, and privileged international mobility

Cai Chen

PhD Researcher

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

“Intimacy Across Boundaries: An Ethnography of Ethnoracial Dynamics among Sino-Congolese Couples in Postcolonial Congo (DRC)”

Fleurine Hermand

PhD Researcher

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

“The concept of love among Iranians in Brussels and north of France” 

Eline Delmarcelle

PhD Researcher

Waseda University, Japan

“Emotional nationality: citizenship acquisition, ethnicity and identification to the nation in Japan and Belgium”

Yoko Iwashita

PhD Researcher

University of Lille, France

“Intercultural dynamics of Franco-Japanese families in France (Lille) and Japan (Tokyo) from the 1990s”

Gabriel Alberto Ceballos Rodríguez

PhD Researcher

Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

“Binational families’ identity development and integration: The Estonian case”

Jenthe Blockx

MA in Visual Culture and Film Studies (2023)

University of Antwerp, Belgium

MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2021, KU Leuven)

Marie Montenair

MA in Anthropology (2023)

Université de Liège, Belgium

“Sentiments d’appartenance en contexte biculturel et binational. Une approche anthropologique du cas de jeunes belgo-japonais (Belgique francophone)”

Laura Truong

Master Student in Gender Studies 

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

“Analyse des impacts de la fétichisation des femmes asiatiques sur leur vie intime, relationnelle et affective”

Advising Committee

Dr. Karlijn Haagsman

Assistant Professor Globalisation & Development
Postdoctoral researcher MO-TRAYL

University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Co-director Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development

Dr. Marion Maudet

Senior lecturer in demography and sociology

Centre Max Weber, France

Research keywords: Sexuality, gender, couple, family, religion, mixed methods