Dr Angelo Martins Junior

Dr Angelo Martins Junior

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Assistant Professor in Sociology

Contact details

School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Angelo Martins Jr is an Assistant Professor in Sociology. He undertakes ethnographic research in the areas of difference, intersectionality, social inequalities and decolonial sociological approaches to contribute to debates on Migration, as well as on ‘Modern Slavery’. 

Angelo has carried out extensive research on how differences of ‘race’, class and gender, rooted in colonial histories, are constantly being re-created and negotiated in the everyday making of inequalities faced by marginalised and criminalised populations (i.e migrants, informal workers, and sex workers) experiencing various forms of precariousness, inequality, exploitation and violence in Brazil, Europe, and Western Africa.


PhD in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2017)

- MA in Sociology, Federal University of São Carlos/Brazil (2012)

- BA in Social Science, Federal University of São Carlos/Brazil (2009)

- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (2022)

- Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil (2011)

- Certificate in Online and Distance Education from the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil (2012)


Angelo Martins Junior has a BA in Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology & Politics) and a Masters’ degree in Sociology, both from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar/Brazil). PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2016), where he also worked as Associate Lecturer (2016-2018). He then worked as a Research Associate on an ERC Advanced Grant funded project at the School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol (2018-2022), where he coordinated the Research Challenge 'Control, Conflict & Resistance' at the Research Institute 'Migration, Mobilities Bristol (MMB).

He is Permanent Member of the Laboratory of Work, Professions and Mobility (UFSCar/Brazil). Co-editor of the on-line material of the journals Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society. Regional editor of the Global Dialogue – International Sociological Association’s academic newsletter. Author of the book 'Lives in Motion: Notebooks of an Immigrant in London' (WhyteTracks, 2014) and 'Moving Difference: Brazilians in London' (Routledge, 2020).


Module Lead for Transforming Societies (MA)

Module Lead for Introduction to Social Divisions (BA1)


Research interests                                                 

- Mobility, Migration and Difference (‘race’, class, gender)

- Colonial legacies and inequalities

- Precarious working and living conditions of marginalised groups (migrants, informal workers, sex workers)

Current projects

‘Negotiating multiple risks: health, safety and well-being among sex workers in Brazil in times of Covid 19’ awarded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute - Global Public Health (COVID-19) funding call. £24.378,69, 2021. (Co-I) 

‘Decolonising Trafficking and Modern Slavery’ awarded by The British Academy Writing Workshop 2020, UK, to be held in Ghana with participants from the U.K, Brazil and Ghana. £ 19,545.00, 2020. (Co-I) 

Work and Peripheral Globalization in Brazil: A Comparative Study in Three Productive Sectors, awarded by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). R$95,820.00, 2017-2020. (Co-I)

Other activities

- Convenor of the British Sociological Association Study Group “Slavery and Modern Slavery”


Martins Jr, A. & O’Connell-Davidson, J. (2022). Crossing the Binaries of Mobility Control: Agency, Force and Freedom. Social Sciences 11, no. 6: 243. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11060243

Martins Jr, A. & O'Connell Davidson, J. (2021). Tacking Towards Freedom? Bringing Journeys Out of Slavery into Dialogue with Contemporary Migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2021.1886062.

Martins Jr, A. (2021) A Lei e seus Outros: a negociação e produção do "bom" ("legal") e o "mau" ("ilegal") migrante entre os brasileiros em Londres. Revista Trilhos, v. 2, p. 11-33.

Martins Jr, A. (2020) Moving Difference: Brazilians in London. London: Routledge

Martins Jr (2020) ‘Differentiated journeys’: Brazilians in London beyond homogenising categories of ‘the migrant’. PLURAL- Revista de Ciências Sociais, v. 27, p. 114-144.

MartinsJr (2020) (Re)fazendo diferenças de classe em movimento: a classe média brasileira em Londres. RevIISE - Revista De Ciencias Sociales Y Humanas, v. 16, p. 166-180.

Martins Jr (2019) Negotiating essentialised cultural and gendered differences in a global world: Brazilians in London. Século XXI, Revista de Ciências Sociais, 9, 1, p. 159 -194.

MartinsJr, A. & Dias, G. (2018) ‘The second Brazilian migration wave: the impact of Brazil’s economic and social changes on current migration to the UK. Século XXI, Revista de Ciências Sociais. 8, 1, p.112-143.

Martins Jr, A. (2018) Building a dialogue between feminist, post-(de)colonial and Bourdeusian studies to analyse the production and negotiation of difference in a world on the move: the case of Brazilians in London. Contemporânea: Revista de Sociologia da UFSCar, 8, p.33-57.

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