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Nicol Foulkes Savinetti
Managing Editor, Asia in Focus & Affiliated Researcher

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Areas of responsibility: 

Oversee and coordinate the journal’s editorial activities.


I completed my PhD at the University of Tampere in June 2015. Using chiefly qualitative methods, I investigated how Nordic social citizenship is affected by temporary migration to India, using the notion of privilege as a lens to filter the analysis. The thesis can be accessed here.

My future research plans are to build on the foundations of my Master’s and PhD to deepen the understanding of how privilege, difference and culture interconnect in this era of globalization. I have a particular interest in addressing the issue of how social inclusion and exclusion arises in cross-cultural encounters (e.g. work, study, leisure time) and how this in turn impacts wellbeing. In parallel with working on the journal and deciding on a post-doc project, I am continuing freelance work offering language, research and relocation services. See

Selected publications: 

“The Pursuit of Happiness – The Ninth Millennium Development Goal” for the Asia Portal at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (2010) 

Foulkes, N. (2011), “Encountering difference. Nordic privileged migrants in Indian mega-cities” in Koikkalainen, S. & Heikkilä, S. (eds.). New Forms of Migration – Finns Abroad. Turku: Institute of Migration

Foulkes, N. (2014), “The Perils of Highly-Skilled Mobility. Welfare Risk and Temporary Migration from the Nordic Region to India”. Journal of Finnish Studies

Foulkes, N. & Madsen, S. T. (2014), “Showtime and Exposures in New India. The Revelations of Lucky Farmhouse”. In Kenneth Nielsen & Anne Kristine Waldrop (eds.) Transforming Gender in India. London: Anthem Press

Savinetti, N. (2015), Encountering Difference. The experience of Nordic highly skilled citizens in India. Tampere: Tampere University Press.