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Xenia Jones

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Research Student
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C, Sociology

Professional biography

Xenia Jones has a BA in History from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) and undertook postgraduate studies in Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) as well as in Universita Tel-Aviv (Israel). She completed her MA in the Social Sciences at the Open University. She currently works in SEN (education) and digital publishing but used to consult for tourism, government and manufacturing organizations in Southeast Asia.

About  PhD

Xenia Jones' PhD is focused on gendered transnational migration within the frame of factory employment and manufacturing work. She is especially interested in hybrid identities, interstitial spaces, empowerment at minoritarian positions, border studies, digital studies and the practical applications of said interests on issues related to migration and the Global South. Her PhD is a critical ethnography with OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) as her subjects of study with Dr. Umut Erel and Prof. Parvati Raghuram as Supervisors.

Research interests

Areas/Topics - hybridity/cultural hybridity/hybrid/gendered identities, transnational migration, border studies, manufacturing (employment) in the Global south, critical ethnography, webnography, women's studies.


  1. Speaker/Presenter, Methods in Motion Lecture series presented by the Center for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, Dec. 13, 2017 at the Library Seminar Rooms, 1 & 2, the Open University with a paper/presentations entitled "OFW Women in Manufacturing: A Critical Ethnography".
  2. Presenter at the Doctoral Training Workshops Conference Programme, May 17-18, at Venables S0049, the Open University with a piece entitled -  "Female Overseas Filipino Workers in Manufacturing".
  3. Chair for Session 2 of May 18 series of presentations for the Doctoral Training Workshops Conference Programme, May 17-18, at Venables S0049, The Open University.

Member (Student), Open Space Research Center, The Open University.

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