Amandine Desille is a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Lisbon, where she conducts a project entitled “MigRural: Return mobilities to rural Portugal, an assessment of the production of place”. Her research interests include return migration, local governance and small and mid-sized cities. Among her most recent publications is the co-edited volume International Migrations and Local Governance: a Global Perspective published by Palgrave in 2018. She holds a PhD in geography from the University of Poitiers (France) and the University of Tel Aviv (Israel). In her doctoral research entitled “Governing or being governed?”, she adopted a scalar approach to the transformation of State power and authority through the case of immigration and integration policies of four frontier towns in Israel. Previously, she has worked with NGOs and UN agencies on topics related to immigration, local economic development and urban planning.