UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Professor Anne White

Professor Anne White

Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science



Joined UCL
1st Sep 2014

Research summary

My current research interests are migration, in general; social change in Poland; and Polish migration. I have recently completed projects on return migration to Poland, the links between long-term unemployment and migration in Poland, the impact of migration on Poland as a sending country, and the impact of Poland's EU accession on people of Polish origin living in the UK. My most recent books are The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (co-authored with I. Grabowska, P. Kaczmarczyk and K. Slany, UCL Press, 2018) and Invisible Poles: a Book of Interview Abstracts (co-authored with Kinga Goodwin, UCL Discovery, 2019). I have published monographs on declining regime control over citizens' leisure time in Poland, Hungary and the USSR (1953-87); social movements (e.g. disabled people's and parents' organisations) 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 Central and Eastern Europe.

I run the Polish Migration Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/anne-white/ssees/research/polish-migration

Teaching summary

SESS0048 Poland in the UK (BA)

SESS0051 Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe (BA)

SEES0102 Migration in the European Union (MA)

SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (MA)

GEOG0127 Approaches to Global Migration (MA)

GEOG0128 Issues in Global Migration (MA)


BA (1st class Hons), History and Russian, University of Oxford, 1983
Lecturer in English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1983-4
PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science (Government and Sociology Departments), 1989
Lecturer in Russian, then Senior Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies, University of Bath, 1987-2014
Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science, SSEES, since 1 September 2014.