Megha Amrith How Do The Processes of Aging and Migration Inform Each Other?

Anthropologist Dr. Megha Amrith is Research Group Leader for ‘Aging in a Time of Mobility’ at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Having completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Amrith has previously held research positions at the United Nations University Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility (Barcelona) and the University of São Paolo. Her research interests include international migration, aging, belonging and citizenship. Her monograph Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia was published in 2017.

Area of Research


Megha Amrith. Caring For Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2017.  
Megha Amrith. "The Linear Imagination, Stalled: Changing Temporal Horizons in Migrant Journeys." Global Networks (2020). doi:10.1111/glob.12280.  
Megha Amrith and Nina Sahraoui. Gender, Work and Migration: Agency in Gendered Labour Settings. Routledge, 2018.  

since 2017

Research Group Leader

Max Planck Society (more details)

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

since 2020

Guest Lecturer

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institute for Asian and African Studies


Visiting Researcher

National University of Singapore

Asia Research Institute


Research Fellowship

United Nations University - Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

University of Sao Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo)

Centre for Metropolitan Studies


Ph.D. Social Anthropology

University of Cambridge

Life in Transit: The Aspirations of Filipino Medical Workers in Singapore


BA (Hons.)

University College London

Anthropology and Geography (First Class)

- European Association of Social Anthropologists

- American Anthropological Association

- German Anthropological Association

- UNU Migration Network (2014 - 2017)


- São Paulo Research Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013)

- Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2007 – 2011)

- Overseas Research Student Award (2007 – 2010)


- UCL Gay Clifford Bursary for Outstanding Women Students (2006)

- Evans Fund Fieldwork Award for Anthropologists

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Max Planck Society

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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

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Where research on migration has classically centered on young people, studies of aging have generally focused on particular places. In this video, MEGHA AMRITH and her research group bring these two processes together, exploring the implications of growing older across borders, in a globalized world. Combining ethnographic field work across multiple sites with broader cultural studies, the research highlights the fact that aging in migratory contexts is a highly diverse phenomenon which is often marked by inequality. With clear implications for social policy, the research urges that we move beyond stereotypical assumptions about aging and migration both within and outside of the academy.

LT Video Publication DOI:

Ageing in a Time of Mobility: A Research Agenda

  • Megha Amrith
  • Published in 2018
Megha Amrith. "Ageing in a Time of Mobility: A Research Agenda." (2018).