Sarah Anschütz (S.)
Sarah is a PhD researcher on the MO-TRAYL project led by Professor Valentina Mazzucato, which focuses on Ghanaian youth mobility and its relation to life-chance outcomes (see more on this project below). Sarah works in the Globalization, Transnationalism and Development research program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Professional career history
Sarah obtained a MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (cum laude) from KU Leuven in 2016, with a specialization in Migration, Minorities, and Multiculturalism. Her thesis investigated language ideologies and their impact on the mutual "integration project" of refugee youth and volunteers in a German education and integration association.
“Mobility Trajectories of Young Lives: Life Chances of Transnational Youth in Global South and North (MO-TRAYL)” is an ERC project under the supervision of Professor Valentina Mazzucato. The objective of this project is to look at the relationship between youth mobility patterns and life-chance outcomes of these youth, defined as educational performance, psychological well-being, and transitions into adulthood. The project will focus on youth of Ghanaian background in the Global South and North, including youth in Ghana whose parent(s) have migrated to the Global North, and youth of Ghanaian background in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
MO-TRAYL will employ a youth-centric perspective, while also highlighting the continuing importance of the nation-state in young lives. This will be done by exploring youths’ encounters with two institutional contexts: educational systems and migration regimes.By using a multi-sited research design, MO-TRAYL will be able to compare different national contexts. Above that, longitudinal data will be used to gain a holistic perspective of the impact of migration.
Sarah’s individual project will involve ethnographic fieldwork with Ghanaian youths in Antwerp, Belgium. She is particularly interested in the social and emotional well-being of these youths, with research interests spanning resilience, youth mobilities, discrimination, language and ideology, inequality, and education.