Beatrice ZANI

Beatrice is a sociologist, research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)/ Interdisciplinary Unit for Economic Sociology (LISE UMR 3302). She received her PhD from Lyon University (2019), and she has previously been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), and at McGill University (Canada). She is a research associate at the European Research Center of Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT)/University of Tuebingen, and at the Taiwan Studies Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She also serves as a board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). Her research interests include economic sociology, transnational labor and marriage migration, gender, global work and inequality, migrant entrepreneurship, digitality, and globalization. Drawing on the case study of transnational labor in the Asian shipping sector (China, Taiwan, Singapore), her ongoing research explores the link between migration, digitality, global work and migrant entrepreneurship in the transformation of the global economy and globalization. Her work has been awarded the Mobility Prize by the Mobile Lives Forum; the Lyon 2 University Dissertation Award, and the Young Author Award by the journal Sociologie du Travail.

Publications Récentes :


Zani, Beatrice. 2022. Women Migrants in Southern China and in Taiwan. Mobilities, digital economies and emotions. Abington and New York: Routledge

Edited Volume

Zani, B. and I. Cockel. (Forthcoming 2024). Living across Connectivity. Intimacy, Entrepreneurship, and Activism of East Asian Migrants Online and Offline. New York and Singapore: Anthem Press

Referred Journal Articles

2023. Zani, Beatrice and Cockel, Isabelle (Guest-eds). Introduction. Migrants and their smartphones. Interlaced mobilities online and offline. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 13 (2022/1). DOI: 10.3167/TRANS.2022.120302

2023. Zani, Beatrice and Cockel, Isabelle. How Far Can Chicken Feet Travel? The transgression of contested sovereign borders and Chinese women’s e-entrepreneurship between Taiwan and China. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 13 (2022/1). DOI: 10.3167/TRANS.2022.120306

2023. Cockel, Isabelle, Zani, Beatrice and Parhusip, Johnatan. There will be no law, or people to protect us’ Irregular Southeast Asian seasonal workers in Taiwan before and during the pandemic. Journal of Agrarian Change, 23(3). 634-644. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12550

2022. Liaisons troubles en maisons closes. Faire et défaire des complicités dans un salon de massages de Taipei (Risky relationships in a whorehouse. Doing and undoing complicity within a massage centre in Taipei]. Terrain 77 : 301–317

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