Originally from a literary background (French and Spanish, BA Oxford 1988), I became interested in Anthropology after living in Angola (1988-1992) where I worked for OIKOS – a Portuguese NGO (1990-1992), responsible for the logistics of projects facilitating the return of the internally displaced population. I have an MA in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading (1993) and an MA in Applied Social Anthropology ("Third World Development and Social Transformation") from the University of Sussex (1995) where I also completed my PhD (2001) on local development, associations, NGOs and their relations with the state following fieldwork in Cape Verde (1996-7).

My current research post is at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) at the New University of Lisbon where I am conducting research on the role of the law im migrant and refugee decision making.

My other areas of interest include the anthropology of health and development anthropology. I have published on the anthropology of development in Cape Verde, on migrant mothering, gender, citizenship and identity issues amidst Cape Verdean students in Portugal and my emerging work focuses on the legal consciousness of migrants and refugees in Portugal.

Thesis / Dissertation

  1. Challlinor, Elizabeth. "Reversals and Contradictions: the Study of Development as Social Practice in Cape Verde". PhD, University of Sussex Department of Anthropology, 2001.
  2. Challlinor, Elizabeth. "Migration and Identity: the Case of Cape Verde". Master, University of Sussex Department of Anthropology, 1995.
  3. Challlinor, Elizabeth. "Managing the Relief/Development Dichotomy: Issues and Options for NGOs with Special Reference to Angola". Master, University of Reading, 1993.

Journal articles

  1. Nascimento, Octávio; Challinor, Elizabeth and Silva, Pedro Gabriel. "Here and elsewhere: multi-cited destinations and refugee place-making in rural and peri-urban Portugal." Ager 34 (2022) http://ruralager.org/ager-34-2022/
  2. Challinor, Elizabeth. "When does difference matter Border-generating categories in the lives of foreign nationals in northern Portugal". International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 5 4 (2019): 308-323.
  3. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Refugee Hospitality Encounters in Northern Portugal". Migration and Society 1 1 (2018): 96-110.
  4. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118); Martins, F.. "The educational (im)mobilities and status (il)legalities of Cape Verdean youth in Portugal". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44 13 (2018): 2256-2272.
  5. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Cross-border citizenship: mothering beyond the boundaries of consanguinity and nationality". Ethnic and Racial Studies 41 1 (2018): 114-131.
  6. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Exploring the power of the written word: On hospital birth and the production of birth narratives, Explorando o poder da palavra escrita: Parto hospitalar, conversas fiadas e a produção de narrativas de maternidade". Etnografica 22 3 (2018): 669-690.
  7. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Caught Between Changing Tides: Gender and Kinship in Cape Verde". Ethnos 82 1 (2017): 113-138.
  8. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "In dialogue with self and the world: Cape Verdean migrant pregnancy in Portugal". Women's Studies International Forum 52 (2015): 63-70.
  9. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Cape Verdeans in Northern Portugal: Living with Contingency". Mande Studies 16-17 (2015): 69-92.
  10. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "The state of the immigrant body and the body of the State: Negotiations at the interface,O estado do corpo imigrante e o corpo do Estado: Negociações na interface". Saude e Sociedade 23 1 (2014): 35-47.
  11. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "(Ir)responsible mothers? Cape Verdeans and Portuguese social care". International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 8 1 (2012): 12-21.
  12. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Mobile communications and belongings: Cape Verdeans in Portugal". Identities 19 3 (2012): 303-319.
  13. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Staying with the tension: "estranged intimacy" and gendered expectations in the field,Conviver com a tensão: "intimidade" alheada e expectativas de género no terreno". Etnografica 16 3 (2012): 569-587.
  14. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Researching ethnicity, identity, subjectivity: Anything but the four-lettered word". Ethnic and Racial Studies 35 9 (2012): 1558-1576.
  15. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "O Silêncio e as Palavras: Reflexões à Volta da Participação e do Poder na Promoção do Associativismo em Cabo Verde". 18 (2012): 49-68.
  16. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Medical Citizenship, Culture and Power in Perinatal and Pediatric Immigrant Care". Saude E Sociedade 21 1 (2012): 76-88.
  17. Challinor, E.P.. "Medical citizenship, culture and power in perinatal and pediatric immigrant care,Cidadania médica, culturas e poder nos cuidados perinatais e pediátricos de imigrantes". Saude e Sociedade 21 1 (2012): 76-88.
  18. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Identity and belonging: Beyond the material dimensions of social suffering,Identidade e pertença: Para além das dimensões materiais do sofrimento social". Etnografica 15 3 (2011): 479-500.
  19. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Navigating Between Globalizing and Deconstructing the Feminist: What Route for Gender and Development?". Revista Mneme (2010).
  20. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Home and overseas: The janus faces of cape verdean identity". Diaspora 17 1 (2008): 84-104.

Encyclopedia entries

  1. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Women in Cape Verde". In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford University Press, 2020.
  2. Challlinor, Elizabeth. "Cape Verde". In New Encyclopaedia of Africa. Sage Publications, Inc., 2008.


  1. Challinor, Elizabeth; Octávio Sacramento; Pedro Gabriel Silva. Quest for Refuge: Reception Responses from the Global North. Portugal: Edições Húmus. 2020.
  2. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). Bargaining in the Development Market Place Insights from Cape Verde. Germany: Lit Verlag. 2008.

Book chapters

  1. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Who Marks the Borders of the (Un)Known? Relational Reflexivity in the Production of a Play on Forced Mobility in Northern Portugal". In Represensting 21st Century Migration in Europe. Berghahn books, 2022.
  2. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Cutting the Apron Strings. Contested Interpretations of Refugee Autonomy in Portugal". In Quest for Refuge: Reception Responses in the Global North. Edições Húmus, 2020.
  3. Challinor, Elizabeth; Octavio Sacramento; Pedro Gabriel Silva. "Stranded in Mobility: a Crisis of Refuge". In Quest for refuge: Reception responses from the Global North. Portugal: Edições Húmus, 2020.
  4. Challinor, Elizabeth. "Antropologia, Moralidade e Saber Profissional". edited by Caria, Telmo H.. Viseu, Portugal: Psicosoma, 2017.
  5. Challinor, Elizabeth. "To be or not to be? Cape verdean student mothers in Portugal". In The Cultural Politics of Reproduction Migration Health and Family Making. United Kingdom, 2015.
  6. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Contributo para uma reflexão sobre a relação entre género, sexo e parentesco em Cabo Verde". In As Ciências Sociais em Cabo Verde: Temáticas, Abordagens e Perspectivas Teóricas. Praia, Cape Verde: Edições Uni-CV, 2015.
  7. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "From Cultural Explanation to Intercultural Dialogue: a Contribution to the Study of Cape Verdean Maternal Health in Portugal". 2014.
  8. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Cape Verdean Migrants and Extended Mothering". In Mothering: Anthropological Perspectives. Canada: Demeter Press, 2011.
  9. Challinor, Elizabeth (7F19-5F4A-A118). "Up for Grabs Civil Society in a Field of Conflicting Representations: A Case Study from Cape Verde". In Between a Rock and a Hard Place: African NGOs, Donors and the State. United States: Carolina Academic Press, 2005.