Tessa is the Postdoc researcher in the project “Prototyping Welfare in Europe: Experiments in State and Society” and will explore welfare experiments in the UK context. Tessa received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto, in a Joint Educational Placement with l’Université Paris 8. Her research focuses on the workings of the state and explores welfare interventions in Europe, including how these interventions imagine and shape collectivities.
Tessa’s doctoral research examined the work of French associations (not-for-profit organisations) who shelter asylum seekers and resettle refugees on behalf of the French state. Her thesis—Outsourcing Crisis: Resettling Refugees and Sheltering Asylum Seekers in France—is an ethnographic inquiry into the fallouts of state-outsourced social work, demonstrating that state outsourcing “marketizes” and fragments non-governmental action, foreclosing possibilities for structural change.
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