Dr Glenda Garelli

Dr Glenda Garelli


Funded Research

GLiTCH, ESRC Standard Grant 2020-2022 

This project examines how financial and digital technologies are transforming refugee governance. Debit cards have radically changed humanitarian aid and post-disaster relief, allowing both providers and recipients greater flexibility in providing for basic needs. Tech start-ups and volunteer cartographers have produced a range of apps, maps and digital information hubs for refugees seeking local information. Financial and digital technologies allow people to move, live and work in new ways and yet there is little research asking how digital technologies and debit cards change relationships between humanitarian organisations, aid workers, refugees and recipients, new private sector actors and government agencies.

Research Team: Glenda Garelli, Nadine HassounehLauren Martin (PI), Aila Spathopolou, Martina TazzioliHanna Ruszczyk


Digital Technologies and Refugee Governance in Greece, Leverhulme/British Academy, 2018-2019



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  • PhD, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago
  • MUPPP, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago
  • BA (Hons), Philosophy, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano

Student education

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Migration with an emphasis on forced migration and illegalized forms of mobility;
  • Visual representations of spatial conflicts;
  • Geopolitics with an emphasis on border regimes and humanitarianism;
  • Critical development studies with a focus on migration and financial issues .    

Research groups and institutes

  • Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship
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