Shiva S. Mohan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. He is also an Affiliate at the International Migration Research Centre at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Trained in human geography at the master’s level at the University of the West Indies, Mona, his research focused on the multiple linkages between Caribbean diaspora festivals and the negotiation of transnational identities. Latin American and Caribbean mobilities have been central to Mr. Mohan’s research interests.
His PhD research project, [Working title:] “Negotiating Islands’ Political Geographies: The case of the Maduro Migrations from Venezuela to Trinidad”, aims to critically examine Trinidad and Tobago’s response to the contemporary Venezuelan in-migration question, framed at the intersection of two scales of inquiry. The research seeks to interrogate the bearing of the regional geopolitical landscape on the capacity of domestic response to this migration episode. Traversing the layered historical and geo -political and -economic relationships between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, the study also seeks to address the disconnections between Trinidad and Tobago’s im/migration policy and lived immigrant realities, analyzing immigrant’s ‘settlement’ experiences and migratory trajectories.