Mihaela Nedelcu

Nom Mihaela Nedelcu
Fonction Professeure titulaire/MER
Institut Institut de sociologie
Faculté Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines
Homepage http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2382-745X
Recherches Les projets (12)
Publications Les publications (44)
Domaines de recherche Sociologie des migrations et études transnationales
Sociologie des technologies d'information et de communication (TIC)
Sociologie des risques et de l'environnement, développement durable
Mondialisation et société-monde
Cosmopolitisme, sociologie cosmopolitique
Migrants online, Diasporas, e-diasporas, Co-presence
Mobilisations online, activisme digital, netizenship
Diplômes 2008 - Doctorat ès sciences humaines – sociologie (mention Summa cum laude) de l’Université de Neuchâtel, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines.
2002 - Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) en Sociologie. Programme Postgrade de Sociologie CUSO. Université de Neuchâtel, Suisse.
1992 - Licence en mathématiques de l’Université de Craiova, Roumanie.
Vie professionnelle • Institutional Responsibilities
- Head of the Doctoral Program in Sociology of French-Speaking Swiss Universities (PDRS-CUSO) (2018-present); Member of the Scientific Board of the program since 2011.
- Member of the Faculty Council, University of Neuchâtel, since 2010.
- Member of the Scientific Coordination of the “ University Continuing Education in Ecology and Environmental Sciences” (ECOFOC), Faculty of Sciences, University of Neuchâtel (2008-2016)
• Commissions of Trust
- Board Member, IMISCOE Standing Committee “Ageing Migrants”
- Editorial Board Member, RECEO Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest”, CNRS. (2009-present)
- Reviewer for more than 20 peer-reviewed journals: JEMS (Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies), Global Networks, ERS (Ethnic and Racial Studies), IMR (International Migration Review), Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, SJS (Swiss Journal of Sociology), REMI (Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales), Journal of Family Studies, JIMI (Journal of International Migration and Integration), RECEO (Revue des Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest), Ethnicities, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Mortality, Sage Open, Studia Politica, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Revista Romana de Sociologie, Transnational Studies Research (TSR), Emotion, Space and Society, Population, Space and Place, SEISMO, Springer Verlag, Amsterdam University Press – IMISCOE Research Series.
- Grant Reviewer for the Swiss National Research Foundation (SNF), the French Research National Agency (ANR France), the Canadian Research Council in Human Sciences
Affiliations IMISCOE - International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion
SSS - Société Suisse de Sociologie
AISLF - Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française
ESA - European Sociological Association
Autre information Since early 2000, I have pioneered research in the field of ICTs and migration, developing original conceptual frameworks and virtual methods to study new forms of migrant transnationalism enabled by digital technologies. My PhD thesis showed that the online migrant, as a symbiosis between homo mobilis and homo numericus, represents a new ideal-type actor of the 21st century modernity, embodying complex social mutations brought about by two crucial factors in today’s social world: mobility, on the one hand, and ICTs, on the other. At the same time, my work contributes to the epistemological debate with regard to methodological nationalism limits, by making a plea for transnational and cosmopolitan methodologies. It also argues for connecting migration theories to a cosmopolitan approach. This theoretical stance was mainly applied in the study of scientific e-diasporas and transnational families. Another contribution was to theorize ICTs-mediated transnational dynamics by highlighting complex patterns and dynamics of co-presence at distance and the formation of transnational habitus.

More recently, I have started to look at the use of technology for migration control in the European context (Dublin Agreements, Eurodac) [SNF grant 10001A_166142]. By the past I have conducted two SNF studies on environmental governance processes and participation, which allowed me to study and understand decision making processes and stakeholders configurations within the ‘risk society’ theory.

These various research experiences equipped me with cross-field theoretical and conceptual skills (from migration studies, environmental and risk sociology, media and communication studies). In addition, my unconventional trajectory from mathematics to sociology has enriched me with transdisciplinary sensibility and interest in digital methods.