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, and 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 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

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)


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.