A warm welcome to Nivelton Farias!
Nivelton Farias will be working with Dr Susan Murphy. His research project explores the phenomenon of Brazilian labour migration to Gort, a small rural town in County Galway, which became known as ‘Little Brazil’ during the Celtic Tiger years with the arrival of hundreds of Brazilian workers. Media coverage portrayed the ‘Brazilianisation’ of this small town as an example of successful integration (Sheringham, 2009). Since the onset of the recession, however, the situation has changed dramatically, and a considerable number have returned home. This research project has three main aims. The first is to analyze the factors underpinning the creation of the Brazilian migration flow to Gort, from the perspective of both the origin and the host community. The second is to examine how immigrant communities relate to and negotiate senses of place and the third is to explore the processes underpinning the decline of this once established immigrant community in Ireland. This project will broaden our understanding of the processes that engender international migration flows and, unlike any other research in Ireland, will do so by addressing the subject from the perspectives of both the origin and the host communities.
Upon completing a BA in Geography from the Federal University of Goias/Brazil in 2003, I went on to work as a High School Teacher from 2004 to 2006, where I had the opportunity to work as a coordinator for the Fast-Track Program, as a coordinator, I developed important project management, communication and leadership skills. During that time, I also worked on the Youth and Adult program (EJA), teaching students from 5th to 8th grade. Working on the EJA for two consecutive years was my most fulfilling experience in education, as I learned important academic and teaching skills.
In Ireland, more recently, I attended the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict (2011-2012) where I worked with the theme “Negotiating social capital: an analysis of the experiences of Brazilian students in Dublin” The dissertation aimed to explore the development of social capital resources among Brazilian language students in Dublin using the concept of social capital as a framework of analysis. I also attended the MPhil in International Peace Studies (2012-2013) where I worked with the theme “The Landless Rural Workers Movement and its relationship with democracy in Brazil”. More recently, from 2014 to 2016, I worked as a Teaching Assistant (part-time), at the Department of Sociology, UCD, where I taught in the following modules: Foundation in Sociological Thought, Introduction to Sociology and Sociology in Practice. In addition to my teaching duties, I subsequently developed grading skills by correcting weekly seminar assignments as well as the final exams in these modules.