School of Law

Contact Details

  • Room: 2.47 Research Staff Centre, Liberty Building
  • Tel: +44 (0)113 343 35016
  • Email:
    s.marzi@leeds.ac.uk

Dr. Sonja Marzi

Research Fellow

I am a Research Fellow within the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and conduct research for the Newton Fund (RCUK-CONACYT) project: “‘Mobile Solutions to the Mexican Kidnapping Epidemic: Beyond Elite Counter-Measures, Towards Citizen-Led Innovation’. Before joining the University of Leeds I obtained a Masters degree in Development Studies and a PhD at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on issues around spatial and social mobility including aspects of security, social navigation, belonging and neighbourhood effects. My PhD research was a human geographical and sociological study of young Colombians’ aspirations and (social and spatial) mobilities in Cartagena. It was based on an ethnographic approach, in which I combined conventional qualitative methods with participatory visual methods including participatory mapping, photography and filming.

Currently I conduct research with a focus on societal insecurity in Mexico on the ESRC project funded by the Newton Fund “Mobile Solutions to the Mexican Kidnapping Epidemic: Beyond Elite Counter-Measures Towards Citizen-Led Innovation” (PI: Conor O’Reilly).

Key Publications

Marzi, S. (2015). ‘Aspirations and Social Mobility: the role of social and spatial (im)mobilities in the development and achievement of young people’s aspirations’. In White, A. and Ni Laoire, C. (eds) Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys, Vol. 6 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer, Singapore.

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