UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Prof Anne White

Head of Teaching Programmes

Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science

My current research interests are migration (in general) and social change in Poland, as well as Polish migration. I have recently completed projects on return migration to Poland and the links between long-term unemployment and migration in Poland. I am currently working on a project on the impact of migration on Poland, as a sending country. 

I have published monographs on declining regime control over citizens' leisure time in Poland, Hungary and the USSR (1953-87); social movements under Gorbachev; small-town Russia in the 1990s  (with particular focus on livelihood strategies and identities); and post-2004 family migration from Poland to Western Europe. My other research projects include studies of Memorial; Russian gender roles; internal migration. in Russia; and Ismail Kadare. 

I am happy to supervise research students working on any aspect of Polish society, politics and recent history; migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe (including topics focusing on the UK); and broader sociological/anthropological topics within the SSEES region.

I run the Polish Migration Website.


PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science (Government and Sociology Departments), 1989
BA (History and Russian), University of Oxford, 1983

 Courses Taught

SESS2107 Researching Politics and Society (BA)
SESS3107 Poland in the UK (BA)
SEESGS58 Migration in the European Union (MA)
SEESGS82 Political Analysis (MA)
SEESGS83 Political Sociology (MA)
SESS3203 Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe
GEOGG201 Approaches to Global Migration (MA)
GEOGG202 Issues in Global Migration (MA)

Researcher Profile

Professor Anne White