The main focus of Silvia Vignato's research within the frame of Seatide concerns mobility and the quest of a job for young Acehnese and more generally unemployed Acehnese. Since the beginning of the project, she has carried out two 5-week long fieldword trips in 2013 and 2014; one more is planned for September 2014 in the same areas (Banda Aceh, Lhokseumawe and Medan) and on the same theme. A secondary focus concerns unemployment in a different context, that is, Malaysian industrial areas such as Penang (Island and mainland). The last comparative fieldwork within Seatide will take place in February 2015 in Penang, jointly with Unior (Italy)/VASS (Vietnam) researchers.
During her last fieldwork (February-March 2014), she enquired about drug trafficking as a commercial activity from the point of view of a village in Aceh Utara which was particularly affected by the only industrialization ever carried out in the region (extraction of gas and production of fertilizers) and by the civil conflict which ended in 2005. Silvia Vignato also carried out research in Medan women prison, LP II Tanjung Gusta, amongst Acehnese women who are serving long sentences for drug dealing.