Sara Merlini was born in Lisbon in 1985. She graduated in Sociology at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon – and has a Master degree in Sociology of the Family, Education and Social Policy, also from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon.
Her research interests include the study of different phenomena and methodological theoretical approaches, namely: Transgender studies, Transgression, Theories of gender and transgender, School violence, Infant and juvenile delinquency, Teenage pregnancy and maternity, Partnership networks, Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Evaluation.
From 2009 to 2012, she was a permanent researcher at the School Safety Observatory. In 2012, she worked as a research assistant at CIES (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology) of ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon –and, in 2013, at CIEG (Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies) of ISCSP – University of Lisbon. Currently, since June 2015, she is a PhD Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa).
Sara’s involvement in the TRANSRIGHTS project is an opportunity to learn and deepen the skills acquired during her academic and professional career. Accordingly, her main interest is to understand the contribution of identity negotiation processes of trans people for the production of alternative/transgressive borders to gender orders in Portugal and the United Kingdom. Adopting a critical and multimodal approach to gender and favouring an essentially qualitative and comparative strategy, she focuses on the study of transgression, because it potentially explains the boundaries of a given social order, that is to say, the possibility of thinking social processes alternatively.