UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Dr Agnieszka Kubal

Dr Agnieszka Kubal

Lecturer in Sociology



Joined UCL
25th Sep 2017

Research summary

Agnieszka is an interdisciplinary socio-legal, migration and human rights scholar with area studies interest in Central Eastern Europe and Russia. At UCL Agnieszka has just completed her second monograph Immigration and Refugee Law in Russia. Socio-Legal Perspectives (2019, Cambridge University Press). It results from her British Academy post-doctoral research fellowship project (2013-2016) held at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Agnieszka's research among undocumented Syrian asylum seekers in Russia together with her involvement in their case before the European Court of Human Rights resulted in a court decision  LM and Others v Russia (2016) and a real impact beyond academia: establishing standards of protection of Syrians against deportation in all European countries. This work has received recognition from the UCL’s Vice-Chancellor and Provost Office as it came first in the public vote in the ‘Justice and Equality’ category in #MadeAtUCL campaign for a socially impactful and engaged research (2020). 

Teaching summary

Agnieszka teaches on the following modules at SSEES:

  • Qualitative Methods (PG)
  • Introduction to Social Theory (UG)
  • Researching Politics and Society (UG)
  • Migration and Society: Eastern Europe and Beyond (from academic year 2020/21)

She welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in the following areas:

  • socio-legal approaches to migration and refugee issues;
  • legality, legal consciousness, legal pluralism;
  • migrants and refugees' everyday experiences of the law;
  • human rights and access to justice;
  • ethnography of the legal process, qualitative methods;
  • specific area studies interest: Eastern Europe and Russia.


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2019


Agnieszka completed her DPhil at Oxford (2010). This research led to her first monograph Socio-Legal Integration. Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom (Ashgate/ Routledge 2012). Upon post-doctoral spells at International Migration Institute (Oxford) and Davis Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard), she was based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford), where she held a British Academy post-doctoral research fellowship (2013-2016). She subsequently held lectureships in Russian and Eastern European Studies (Oxford), and Department of Social Science (UCL).