UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




Polish Migration Profiles

List of scholars and their research projects

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Derek Anderson

PhD student
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research,University of Kent
Cornwallis North East, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
E- mail: dz38@kent.ac.uk

Derek is a former journalist who has a background in migration (MA in Migration at the University of Kent) and is currently researching how post accession Polish migrants ‘integrate’ (or not) into British society, and whether different levels of education and skills have any impact on this process. Derek hopes that his research will contribute to theorizing on migration and integration during a time of growing ‘superdiversity’, as most studies on integration (in Britain) have been done on migrants from Commonwealth countries, while Poles represent a different type of migrant - predominantly white and Catholic, and without a post-colonial connection.

Professor Katarzyna Andrejuk

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Nowy Świat 72, Warsaw, Poland
Email: kandrejuk@ifispan.waw.pl

Professor Katarzyna Andrejuk is a sociologist and lawyer. She works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her professional interests include multiculturalism, migration, the European Union and Europeanisation. She graduated from the University of Warsaw (MA) and Queen Mary University of London (LLM).  She defended her PhD dissertation in sociology in 2012. It examined educational migration from Poland to the United Kingdom after Poland’s accession to the European Union and encompassed an in-depth qualitative study of Polish students at London universities. Her habilitation in sociology explored the significance of Ukrainian migrant entrepreneurship in Poland (Ukrainian entrepreneurs in Poland. Structure and agency in the settlement process, IFIS PAN, Warsaw 2017). She has worked as a visiting scholar at the European University Institute in Florence (Migration Policy Institute), University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies) and Herder Institute in Marburg, and Helsinki University (Ruralia Institute). Since 2019 she has been head of the Sociology of Migration Committee of the Polish Sociological Association.

Dr Karima Aziz

Email: karima.aziz@gmx.at

Karima is originally from Austria and has studied political science and Polish studies at the University of Vienna, where she has researched 24h, live-in Polish care-workers in Austria - taking an intersectional approach - as well as weblogs of Polish return migrants. She has completed her PhD in 2018 at London Metropolitan University as a Marie Curie early stage researcher in the Initial Training Network 'Changing Employment‘ on the topic of 'Migration Aspirations of Female Polish Migrant Workers in the UK‘ based on 53 biographical narrative interviews. Currently she is working with an NGO in the field of integration, youth and women and her research interests continue to lie in migration, gender and work.

Dr Bolaji Balogun

Dr Bolaji Balogun
Leverhulme Trust Fellow,  Geography Department 

The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
Email: b.balogun@sheffield.ac.uk 
Twitter: @BobBalogun

Bolaji is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He previously held a lectureship in European Studies at Krakow University of Economics, where he was also a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds and MA from the University of Salford. Bolaji's research focuses on ‘Blackness, Race, and Racialisation’ in Poland, an area that is often neglected in migration discourses in the country. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, his research uses in-depth interviews, focus group and survey to explore the lived experiences of people of colour in Poland; it is the biggest qualitative and quantitative study of black people yet conducted in the country. Bolaji's works have appeared in Ethnic & Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of the role of migration, race, and racism; and Baltic Worlds, a scholarly journal for Baltic and East European Studies. 

Dr Justyna Bell

Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Health and Welfare
Stensberggata 26, 0130 Oslo
e-mail: justyna.bell@nova.hioa.no

Justyna’s research interests revolve around migration; transnationalism; public health; studies in mental health and well-being; interpersonal interactions; narrative analysis, cultural studies; identity formation; belonging; welfare state and integration processes. She obtained a PhD in Sociology in 2013 from Queen’s University Belfast with a thesis entitled: ‘Between continuity and change - Narratives of Polish migrants in Belfast’. Since then Justyna has been involved in a number of studies on Polish migrants in the intra-European context involving studies on: migrant mental health and well-being; European welfare systems in times of mobility; immigrant organisations, family migration in transnational context and return migration. She has recently joined the Norwegian Social Research Institute in Oslo.

Izabela Benisz

PhD student
School of Education and Health,
Greenwich University Mansion Site,
Bexley Road,
London SE9 2PQ
E-mail: i.benisz@gre.ac.uk

Izabela is originally from Poland where she completed secondary education. She completed her BA and MA in London and has also worked in the HE sector in England. Her PhD research focuses on a comparison of higher education in two out of the four highest tertiary participation EU countries, Poland and England (Scott, 2013). She investigates why both countries are among the leaders of recruiters of tertiary education students in Europe, as well as the impact of higher education in respective countries on Polish graduates in the circumstances in which they find themselves in the two countries, taking into account the dependence of post-graduation trajectories on individuals’ socio-economic status and the educational establishments they attended. Her research interests include: massification and changes of higher education, tertiary education policies, tertiary education students and graduates, the graduate labour market and social mobility. 

Dr Sara Bojarczuk

Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw

Sara Bojarczuk coordinates the NCN funded project Employers' interests as an underrated factor in labour migration (E-Factor). She is also currently involved in projects dealing with the evolution of the migration industry in the central and eastern European region, emigration of medical students from Poland, and the role of social protection and the future of Polish migrants in Ireland.

Sara holds a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and MRes in Social Policy (University of Bath). Her research interests lay within the field of migration, family studies and women, social support and particularly social support networks and employment. Her PhD thesis looked at the role of social networks in mobilising support among Polish working mothers in Ireland. In her work, she uses a mixed methods approach, drawing on the benefits offered by both qualitative and quantitative tools. In particular, her PhD project employed generalisation model and quantification methods. She also employs visual tools in her work.

In her previous research project she worked on the problem of digital inequalities and the impact of children’s daily activities on their development and future opportunities in the longitudinal, cross-country perspective. She has also extensive experience in working with migrant communities and NGOs in Ireland and the UK. In her previous work she also collaborated in the projects that focus on migrants mental health and is currently involved in comparative study on the institutional responses to migrants’ mental health across Europe.

Dr Katherine Botterill

Lecturer in Human Geography
University of Glasgow
Email: Katherine.Botterill@glasgow.ac.uk

Kate's research is concerned with the political geography of migration, citizenship and security. She has published papers that discuss how the geopolitics of migration connects to people’s everyday lives, shaping intercultural practices of citizenship and community. Her PhD thesis (completed 2012) critically engaged with theories of 'new' mobility  through empirical research with young Polish migrants in Edinburgh and Kraków. The thesis explores the spatial and social mobilities of young Polish migrants and demonstrates the contingent histories, practices and representations of mobility in post-socialist and post-accession contexts. Much of her work employs feminist, participatory approaches that focus on the emotional, embodied and psycho-social realm of politics, whist also interrogating structural and discursive violences that alienate and securitise particular individuals. Her current project, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, explores the spatial identities and practices of Polish nationals in Scotland after Brexit. Through this work, she has co-authored papers on the emotional and material costs of Brexit for Polish nationals in Scotland.

Alexandra Buckland-Stubbs

PhD Researcher and Visiting Lecturer
Biological and Environmental Sciences Department
School of Life and Medical Sciences
The University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane,
Hertfordshire AL109AB
Email: a.buckland-stubbs@herts.ac.uk
Twitter: @AlexStubbs92
LinkedIn: www.linkedIn.com/in/alexandrabstubbs

Alexandra is a PhD candidate at the University of Hertfordshire, researching the housing experiences and future intentions of Polish migrants in the UK. She is also a visiting lecturer within the Biological and Environmental Sciences department of the University and teaches at undergraduate level on a range of aspects within human geography, including cartography, residential mobility and migration. Additionally, Alexandra is a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society as well as a member of the LSE British Society for Population Studies and the UH teacher training society. Her research interests are primarily focused on migration and migrant experiences. 

Dr Alexandra Bulat

Alexandra Bulat is a migration researcher based in the UK, currently working in the third sector on various EU migration topics. She completed her ESRC-funded PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in July 2020. Her doctoral thesis focussed on attitudes towards EU citizens in the Brexit context, exploring Polish, Romanian and British residents' views in two English local authorities - the London Borough of Newham and Tendring. Alexandra is  a research project manager at the3million, the largest organisation representing EU citizens in the UK. In this role, her main areas of interest are EU citizens' access to British citizenship, as well as their political rights and participation in the UK. Alexandra has been contributing to the UK media debate on migration in the UK, including several appearances on the BBC, Channel 4 and CNN. She is a social media commentator on migration and active on Twitter @alexandrabulat.


Professor Kathy Burrell

Professor of Migration Geography,
University of Liverpool,
Email: k.burrell@liverpool.ac.uk

Kathy’s research interests are in post-war and contemporary migration to Britain, concentrating on a range of different aspects: material culture and consumption; mobility and migrant journeys; transnationalism; memory; narratives; and gender. She is currently researching Polish migration to the Midlands from the 1950s to date, focusing on changing experiences of mobility, travelling and journey time-spaces; material culture and consumption, including migrants’ relationships with shops selling Polish products; and migrants’ life-histories and memories of socialist and post-socialist Poland – especially the importance of 'the west' in these narratives.

Dr Gobnait Byrne

School of Nursing & Midwifery,Trinity College ,24 D’Olier Street Dublin 2
E-mail: gobnait.byrne@tcd.ie

Gobnait is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include community nursing, cardiology and health promotion. Gobnait recently completed a PhD at the School of Public Health & Population Science, University College Dublin. The title of her PhD study is "Irish Polonia: Self Perceived Health, Lifestyles and Use of the Health Services by Polish People Living in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study". The study design is a sequential exploratory mixed methods approach. The qualitative phase of this study consists of individual interviews and focus groups with members of the Polish community. The data analysis from this phase informed the development of a questionnaire distributed to Polish people living in Dublin, Cork and Kerry, Ireland. This questionnaire was available in Polish and English. The findings of this study helped identify the key health concerns and the lifestyles of Polish migrants living in Ireland.

Linda Cadier

PhD Researcher
Centre for Transnational Studies,University of Southampton, Avenue Campus
Highfield,Southampton SO17 1BJ
E-mail: l.cadier@soton.ac.uk

Linda's research interests are in globalization, concentrating on transnationalism and the trans locality of migrant communities. In the context of the health sector in the city of Southampton, she is currently researching how migrants negotiate and contest trans local 'place-making' through their language and cultural practices. Her interest is in how these practices demonstrate the impact of the global on the local, the theory of migrant trans locality and the city as a site of linguistic and cultural diversity. Practically her work looks to inform best practice in working with migrant communities at the hospital and other sectors.

Dr Anna Zofia Chruscinska


Anna's research interests are in Polish diaspora in France and in South Africa, with an emphasis on national identification of Polish migrants. She holds two MA degrees: the first one is in Art History from the Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Cracow, the second one is in Sociology from the Université Paris Descartes. Her PhD research (conducted at the Université Paris Descartes) was on national identification of Polish migrants in South Africa. The research was conducted in Cape Town and based on qualitative methods (interviews and observations) and on traditions of the Chicago School (the use of personal documents: letters and diaries).

Dr Barbara Cieślińska

Instytut Socjologii
Uniwersytet w Białymstoku,15-403 Białystok, Plac Uniwersytecki 1
E-mail: cieslinskabarbara@gmail.com

I am interested in processes of emigration from Poland to other countries. Recently my interests are focused on individual migration experiences and socio-economical contexts accompanying international migrations in sending and receiving countries.

Dr Rachel Clements

Combined Honours Centre
Room 9.09 (Level 9)
Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
E-mail: Rachel.clements@ncl.ac.uk

My PhD in geography looked at Polish migrant parents in Newcastle. This was a gendered migration study which addressed the concepts of both migrant motherhood and fatherhood, examining the organisation of Polish migrant households with particular reference to the division of childcare responsibilities and paid employment. The study looked at migrant parents’ experience of networks, community and citizenship, asking whether these experiences helped or hindered processes of integration. The research explored how Polish migrant parents identified with Poland, Britain, the North East region and the city of Newcastle.

Alex Collis

PhD Researcher
Department of Faculty of Health and Social Care
Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge,CB1 2PT
Tel.:0845 196 2558
E-mail: alex.collis@anglia.ac.uk

Alex has been involved in a number of studies on Central and Eastern European migration to the UK, and particularly within the East of England. Most recently she has been involved in a three year longitudinal mixed methods project which explored and tracked changes in motivations (both economic and non-economic) behind migration decisions and thoughts on length of stay. Her particular research interests lie in mental health and migration, coping mechanisms and the function of social networks. Alex has also worked as the Research Manager for Keystone Development Trust in Thetford, where she recently completed a study of migrant workers’ access to and experiences of health services.

Dr Joanne Cook

Hull Business School
E-mail: joanne.cook@hull.ac.uk

Joe recently moved to Hull Business School from the University of Stirling and before that, the University of Leeds; previously she worked in Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are focused around the citizenship of older migrants, gender and intergenerational relations, post-migration. She has also recently conducted research on A8 migration and a comparative project on African migration across three countries Britain, France and South Africa.

Dr Elżbieta Czapka

Assistant professor, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Pl. Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej 5, 20-031 Lublin, Poland & Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research, Oslo, Universitetssykehus (Postboks 4956, Nydalen, 0424 Oslo)


mobile: +4746385562, +48602765042

Elżbieta graduated from the Catholic University in Lublin (Poland). She obtained a PhD in sociology in 2004 from the same University (dissertation title: The Stereotype of a refugee. A Comparative analysis based on the research conducted among the students of selected European Countries). At present Czapka’s main affiliation is Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, where she is employed as an assistant professor. Czapka’s second affiliation is the  Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research (NAKMI) where she works on various aspects related to new labour migration and health. She focuses especially on Polish migrants’ integration in the Norwegian health care system. Her main scholarly interests include theories of migration; the relation between migration and health; gender, care and migration and the sociology of morality.

Dr Ayona Datta

Senior Lecturer in Citizenship and Belonging
School of Geography,Faculty of Environment
University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 3433362
Email: a.datta@leeds.ac.uk
Translocal Geographies: Spaces, Places, Connections
Book Review Editor for Gender, Place and Culture

Dr. Elaine Dewhurst

Lecturer in Employment Law
University of Manchester,Oxford Road, Manchester UK M13 9PL
Tel: 0161 2755785
Email: elaine.dewhurst@manchester.ac.uk

Elaine’s research interests are in Immigration Law, Employment Law, International and European labour law, Public International law and Human Rights. She has published articles and presented papers at national and international conferences in the area of immigration law, employment law, human rights and European law. She has just finished a research for the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency on a Thematic National Legal Study on the rights of irregular immigrants in voluntary and involuntary return procedures. She is also a staff member of the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Dublin City University.

Professor Lisa Dikomitis

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Health
School of Medicine
Keele University
ST5 5BG Keele
Tel.: +44 (0) 1782 734656
Email: l.a.dikomitis@keele.ac.uk
Webpage: https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/staff/lisadikomitis/

'Countries Old and New – Memorialisation among Polish migrants in Hull'
In this AHRC-funded study we examined the different ways in which Polish migrants in the UK memorialise their loved ones. Despite general acknowledgement of the potential impact of migration on death management and migrant memorialisation practices, research to date has been limited. By combining two ‘classic’ themes in anthropology—death rituals and migration—we explored issues of complex and multiple migrant identities as well as the relationship between tradition, change and adaptation of death and memorialisation rituals among UK-based migrants. Because rituals around death and memorialisation are so deeply anchored in space and place, we decided to focus on one migrant community in the UK, the Polish community, currently the largest migrant community in the UK. A second reason to focus on the Polish migrants in the UK is precisely to rectify a gap in the literature on migrant death, as many scholars focussed on migrant communities which are culturally very different from that of the host country. In our study that is not the case, as the Polish are culturally similar in many ways to the native British population, most notably in terms of religion. Data were collected via a team ethnographic approach, fieldwork took place between May 2016 and April 2017. Two researchers conducted participant-observation in Hull, netnography and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in Hull. Our findings can be categorised under three broad themes: (1) the heterogeneity of the Polish community and how different migration backgrounds and histories reflect different death and memorialisation processes; (2) the liminal position of some Polish migrants and how lives in liminal space have an effect on death and memorialisation rituals; (3) the social geography of memorialisation practices: from public acts to private, intimate acts of memorialisation. More information on https://remembermeproject.wordpress.com

Dr Markieta Domecka

Independent researcher
E-mail: markieta.domecka@gmail.com

Markieta is a sociologist specialising in biographical research methods, especially the autobiographical narrative interview as developed by Fritz Schütze, applied in the fields of migration, marginalization and labour market transformations. She holds a MA degree from the University of Wrocław and a PhD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She has worked in several small and big-scale biographical research projects dealing with migration processes. The two studies concerning Polish migrants, among others, were the FP7 Euroidentities project: “The Evolution of European Identity: Using biographical methods to study the development of European identity”, where autobiographical narrative interviews were conducted with Polish people living in different parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and the PRIN project funded by the MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, “PRIN 2011: Pratiche sostenibili di vita quotidiana nel contesto della crisi: lavoro, consumi, partecipazione” [“Sustainable Practices in Everyday Life in the Context of Crisis: Work, Consumption and Participation”], where autobiographical narrative, semi-structured and focus group interviews were conducted with several groups of young people, among them, young Poles living in the North and in the South of Italy. Markieta has been also collaborating with a social cooperative, Dedalus (www.coopdedalus.it) working with migrants in the South of Italy.

Professor Stephen Drinkwater

Professor of Economics
Business School, University of Roehampton, London
Email: stephen.drinkwater@roehampton.ac.uk
Webpage: https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephen-drinkwater(c7eb8998-1688-4b51-9356-2a8990e91fd9).html

Stephen's main research interest lies in the labour market analysis of migrants and ethnic minorities. His research has primarily focused on labour market discrimination, self-employment, international and interregional migration and the effect of language on economic
activity. He has received recent research funding from the European Commission (to investigate the impact of East-West migration following EU enlargement), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (to examine the performance of ethnic minorities in the UK labour market), the ESRC (for a socio-economic analysis of recent Polish migration to the UK) and NORFACE (to investigate patterns of temporary migration amongst Poles living in England and Wales). The latter formed an element of the TEMPO project, which focused on temporary migration, integration and the role of policies in Europe. For more information see: http://www.norface-migration.org/currentprojectdetail.php?proj=10.

He is a research associate at the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University, a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn and an external research fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London.


Dr Špela Drnovšek Zorko

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Špela’s research interests lie in the overlaps between postsocialism and postcolonialism, particularly in the experiences and narratives of Central-East European migrants – including from Poland – living in Britain. Her postdoctoral research explores how Central-East European articulations of race and coloniality map onto diasporic encounters with difference, against a longer historical backdrop of Second and Third World intersections.


Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin


Dr Eva Duda (publishes as Duda-Mikulin) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wrocław at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research into Health and Illness. She is a sociologist and a political scientist with a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Salford, UK. Eva held a number of different roles at various higher education institutions, private and voluntary sector bodies in the UK prior to her move to Poland. 

Dr Franck Düvell

Senior Researcher
Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
University of Oxford,58 Banbury Road,Oxford OX2 6QS
Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 284980
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 274718
E-mail: franck.duvell@compas.ox.ac.uk
Website: www.compas.ox.ac.uk

Professor Peter Dwyer

Professor of Social Policy
Room A/C/110 (Alcuin C Block)
Department of Social Policy and Social Wor,k University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD
Phone: 0044  (0)1904 321229
Email: peter.dwyer@york.ac.uk
Profile: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/staff/peter-dwyer/

Professor Dwyer's research interests' centre on issues related to social citizenship. Key themes explored in this work include welfare provision, conditionality (the linking of rights to responsibilities) and issues of social inclusion/exclusion within and beyond the boundaries of nation states. Migration and its impact on individuals' welfare rights is an increasingly important aspect in his work. He currently leads a major five year ESRC funded project on welfare conditionality http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk/ which brings together teams of researchers working in six English and Scottish Universities i.e. University of York, University of Salford, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow. Central to this work is a desire to inform policy and practice through the establishment of an original and comprehensive evidence base on the efficacy and ethicality of conditionality across a range of social policy fields and diverse groups of welfare service users. Migrants (both TCNs and EEA nationals) are one of the groups who are being sampled. Additionally he is also currently working on an EC funded project a project exploring Roma inclusion in 10 EU Member States including Poland see https://romamatrix.eu/ He has previously completed funded projects on forced migration (asylum seekers/refugees), international retirement migration and A8 labour migration.

Professor Mariusz Dzięglewski

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland
ul. Podchorazych 2, 30-084 Krakow, Poland
E-mail: mdzieglewski@wp.pl

Mariusz’ research interests focus on new forms of migration and mobility after 2004 EU enlargement. He is currently conducting research on the socio-cultural and economic aspects of the recent wave of migration from Poland to Ireland and UK. The main focus is on the social mobility of young graduates from Polish universities leaving the country of origin as well as their integration into social and cultural mainstream in the host country. He is also interested in the way immigrants’ identity is being constructed and negotiated while living ‘between’ home and host country. Mariusz’ research includes issues such as: ties with home country, immigrants’ perception of own national group and constructed category of ‘others’, cultural barriers of integration, job career and return migration.  Recently Mariusz has conducted research on the representation of Polish emigrants and the impact of the recent wave of emigration on the Polish economy in weekly magazines, echoing public debate on emigration in Poland. The research was based on content analysis. Besides economic aspects of emigration he also analysed the way social implications of the emigration are being presented in press articles.

Nathaniel Dziura

Email: nathaniel.dziura@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @venonat_048

I am a PhD linguist at the University of Sheffield. My research is situated in the fields of sociolinguistics (concerning language in different social contexts) and syntax (concerning the mental structures underlying language). I'm researching the interplay between Polish-born speakers' cultural backgrounds and their acquisition of non-standard language features in British English. I'm focusing particularly on LGBTQ+ speakers, how their involvement with the LGBTQ+ community interacts with their English and Polish cultural involvement, and to what extent this influences their perception of different language features.


Professor Gabriella Elgenius

Department of Sociology
University of Gothenburg
Mobiles: +46766109500 (SE) and +447909511273 (UK)
Email: gabriella.elgenius@gu.se / gabriella.elgenius@sociology.ox.ac.uk
Postal Address: Gothenburg University, BOX 720,  SE 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden
Web profiles:

Gabriella’s research interests focus on diaspora, nationalism and community-building, with particular interests on Diaspora community campaigning and migrant civil societies; identity-politics studied with reference to both national museums and the repatriation of cultural heritage but also to national populist parties. She has a longstanding interest in strategic use of national symbolism (e.g. national days and commemorations) as markers of nation building (ERC, Swedish Research Council). Gabriella recently joined the Dept. of Sociology at University of Gothenburg but remains visiting scholar and associate member of the Dept. of Sociology at the University of Oxford. She previously held a fellowship from the British Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities and has worked with Professor Anthony Heath on projects such as: Are traditional identities in decline? (ESRC), Diaspora Communities in the UK (British Academy, John Fell Fund) and Hard Times and the divisive toll of the economic slump (Multi-funded). Gabriella completed her PhD as a Marie Curie Fellow at the LSE under the supervision of Professor Anthony D. Smith.

Dr Tim Elrick

Department of Geography
Malteserstr. 74-100
12249 Berlin,Germany
E-Mail: tim.elrick@fu-berlin.de

Tim Elrick has conducted research on labour migration and migration policy, social in-/exclusion, social networks and entrepreneurship studies. He has published on East-West European migration (Polish and Romanian migrants) as well as on ethnic entrepreneurship and urban diversity. He has been part of the Knowmig project based at the University of Edinburgh, http://www.migration-networks.org/, and is now working on two projects, one on ethnic entrepreneurship in the UK and Germany and the other on international graduate migration and regional development in Canada and Germany.

Dr Marta Bivand Erdal 

Research Professor
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Marta’s background is in Geography, and her overarching research focus is on the dynamics of migration and transnationalism, in both contexts of emigration and of immigration. Her research spans different categories of migrants, including refugees, labour migrants and return migrants, and includes the perspectives of migrants, non-migrant populations, as well as of state actors in emigration and immigration contexts. Marta has in particular worked on Polish migration, Pakistani migration, and migration and diversity in Norway, especially on themes such as: return migration - remittances - home and belonging - transnational ties - citizenship - development.

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Professor Małgorzata Fabiszak

School of English
Adam Mickiewicz University
Al. Niepodległości 4
61-876 Poznań
Website: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/fa/Fabiszak_Malgorzata

Malgorzata's research interests are in the role of metaphor in discourse, its role in constructing migrant's identity and their understanding of the migration experience. The first article in her publications list concerns the ways in which Polish families staying in their country construe the identity of a child born to Polish migrants in England and how they negotiate the baby's identity status relative to their discursive goals. The second article focuses on how the youngest generation of Poles views their migration experience. A parallel is drawn between Polish students migrating to the UK and Ireland and the British students' gap year.

Dr Adrian Favero

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
The University of Birmingham 
Muirhead Tower
Birmingham B15 2TT, UK 

email: A.V.Favero@bham.ac.uk
website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/gov/favero-adrian.aspx

Adrian Favero's PhD research involved a sequential mixed-methods approach: questionnaires (N= 923) and interviews (N=27) in five Polish cities. He focused on the role of local public policy in shaping attitudes towards European integration among young, well-educated citizens living in Polish cities. He further examined how these citizens’ perceptions of the local and of the supranational space affect their future choice of location and work. The results reveal a positive link between satisfaction with economic and cultural conditions in cities and support for EU integration. He further demonstrated that the perception of quality of life in cities and individual economic benefits play an important role for the sampled well-educated, young people in how they decide where to work and live after graduation. Attachment to the local space does also impact their exit strategies and often leads to temporary migration plans. The results also revealed that the sampled women have a higher propensity to pursue a period of life experience abroad despite higher levels of attachment to the urban space and social networks.

Dr Kamila Fiałkowska

Post-doctoral researcher
Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw

ul. Pasteura 7
02-097 Warsaw, Poland.
Tel.: +48 514 996 063
E-mail: k.fialkowska@
Website:  http://www.migracje.uw.edu.pl/zespol/kamila-fialkowska-2/

Kamila Fiałkowska works at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on emigration from Poland, specifically seasonal migration from Poland to Germany, and post- accession emigration of Poles to the UK. Currently she is involved in a research project on migration of Polish Roma. Her research interests revolve around gender relations in migratory settings, masculinity studies and family relations, and construction of national and gender identities. She defended her PhD at the Faculty of Political Studies and International Relations at the University of Warsaw, completed an MA in Political Science at the University of Wroclaw (2008) and MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex (2009).

Professor Ian Fitzgerald

Northumbria Business School
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
Direct line: 0044 (0) 191 227 4362
Email: ian.fitzgerald@northumbria.ac.uk

Ian has been working on the Polish accession migration since 2005. He has managed and undertaken a wide range of research including projects for the TUC, ONE North East and two ESRC grants (RES-000-22-2034 and RES-451-26-0779). This research has focused on social justice and the broad integration of Polish migrant workers into UK society through business, trade unions and the local community. More recently his focus has widened to consider the regulation of the UK labour market through two UK national expert studies for the European Commission. These last two projects reported on the Posting of Workers Directive and the protection of workers' rights in the subcontract chain. He has published widely in this area (http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/view/creators/Fitzgerald=3AIan=3A=3A.html) and recently his prima facie case was approved by committee for a PhD by publication. He has a social science, industrial relations background and has used an action research approach in his work. He is currently Honorary Patron of a newly established Polish community association and his Polish immigrant work continues through a joint collaboration with a colleague from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Dr Naomi Flynn

Associate Professor in Primary English Education, 
SFHEA Institute of Education,
The University of Reading, London Road Campus,
4 Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX

Telephone:  +44 (0)118 378 2770 / Email: n.flynn@reading.ac.uk

Naomi’s research interest is in the experiences of Eastern European children in school in England and of their teachers. Specifically she is interested in the capital attributed to the English language by families migrating to the UK, and in English teachers’ practice for teaching English to non-native speakers. Her doctoral research focussed on the experiences of primary school teachers in Hampshire schools working in settings unaccustomed to linguistic or cultural difference. Interviews uncovered teachers’ attitudes to their pedagogy for teaching English, and their construction of Polish children as a ‘model minority.’ Naomi employs a Bourdieusian approach to analysing teachers’ responses to their Polish pupils.

Dr Jon Horgen Friburg

Senior Researcher
Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research
Oslo, Norway
E-mail: jhf@fafo.no

Jon is a sociologist and has worked on several issues related to migration, labour markets and social integration. His PhD thesis, titled "The Polish worker in Norway - Emerging patterns of migration, employment and incorporation after EUs eastern enlargement" (completed in 2012, defended in 2013) dealt with decision-making, adaptation and incorporation among Polish labour migrants in Norway, as well as the consequences for Norwegian society of post accession labour migration from Poland. He is currently involved in several projects involving Polish migrants in the Nordic countries, using both qualitative and quantitative data.

Professor Aleksandra Galasinska

Senior Research Fellow in European Studies
School of Law
Social Sciences and Communications
University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street,Wolverhampton UK, WV1 1LY
E-mail: a.galasinska@wlv.ac.uk

Aleksandra’s research interests focus on ethnographic and discursive aspects of lived experience of post-communism as well as post-89 and post-enlargement migration. She has been collecting migrants’ narratives recounting experiences of moving country; doing fieldwork in Polish migrants’ centres, shops and restaurants in the West Midlands; and researching on-line media and internet forum discourses in relation to post-04 migration from Poland. Her new project is devoted to the topic of return migration.

Dr Jadwiga Gałka

Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Krąków, Poland
Institute of Geography and Spatial Management
Jagiellonian University
E-mail: jadwiga.galka@uj.edu.pl
Tel : +48 12 664 53 18
Fax : +48 12 664 53 85

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. I hold a MSc in Geography, specialisation: Environmental Protection (Pedagogical University in Krakow) and a PhD in Geography, specialisation: socio-economic geography (Jagiellonian University). I am a member of Polish Geographical Society. My research interests are around spatial and social mobility of Polish post-accession immigrants in London. My PhD (completed in 2012) explored the links between spatial and social mobility among Polish immigrants in London. My research also investigated social distance between Poles and other nationalities who lived in London as well as future migration plans and potential future migration directions in the age of economic crisis.
Currently my research interest lies in the internal and international migration of Poles. I have also carried out research with refugees and people seeking asylum in Poland. I have received recent research funding from the National Science Center (to investigate the scale of suburbanization processes and demographic behavior of internal migrants in Krakow’s Metropolitan Area).

Dr Michał P. Garapich

Until 14 October 2023: 
Roehampton University
E-mail: m.garapich@roehampton.ac.uk

From 15 October 2023: London Metropolitan University, Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre

Also: Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, m.garapich@uw.edu.pl

Dr Anna Gawlewicz

School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8RS
Email: Anna.Gawlewicz@glasgow.ac.uk
Webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/staff/annagawlewicz/

Anna works across urban studies, human geography, and sociology. She researches relations between migrant and long-settled populations in urban and rural areas, the impacts of hostile environments on migrants (incl. Brexit and Covid-19), migrant encounters with difference, transnational circulation of ideas (social remittances), migration and sexuality, and East-West migrations in Europe, especially from Poland to the UK. As a qualitative researcher, Anna is particularly interested in translation in research methods, position/positionality of migrant researcher, and reflexive methodologies.

Selected projects:

- Living Brexit in rural Britain: Migration and rural communities (2023-2025): https://sites.google.com/sheffield.ac.uk/living-brexit-rural-britain  

- Health, social, economic and cultural impacts of Covid-19 on migrant essential workers in the UK (2020-2023): https://migrantessentialworkers.com/

- Living together in the context of Brexit: Migrant-'host' encounters in the East End of Glasgow (2017-2019): https://livingtogetherandbrexit.com/

- Intimate Migrations: Exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual migrants from Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland (2015-2016): https://intimatemigrations.net/


Dr Nick Gill

Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ
Email: n.m.gill@exeter.ac.uk

Nick Gill's research is located at the intersection of geographic state theory, govern mentality and migration studies, with a specific focus on forced migration. He is currently engaged in both theoretical and empirical research on geographies of activism around forced migration in the UK and US (ERSC funded), place-making among Polish migrants in the UK (Nuffield Foundation funded), and the relationship between geographies and decisions. Before coming to the University of Exeter, UK, where he presently teaches, Nick taught at Lancaster University and Bristol University, UK and taught and studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He holds a BSc in Geography with Economics (LSE), an MSc in Management (LSE), an MSc in Society and Space (Bristol) and a PhD in Geography (Bristol).

Sean Gill

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Claremont Tower
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NE1 7RU
Email: Sean.Gill@newcastle.ac.uk

Sean is currently researching and writing his PhD entitled “Transitions to adulthood: young Poles’ experiences of migration and life in Northumberland”. His project aims to explore the transitions to adulthood of young Poles in Northumberland and how these shape, and are shaped by, both experiences of migration and life in Northumberland. His research objectives are: to investigate the everyday geographies and senses of belonging of young Poles’ in Northumberland, to explore the role and influence of young Poles’ family, social and support networks and to explore young Poles’ choices, aspirations and feelings about their future education and work lives.

Dr Kinga Goodwin

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
16 Taviton Street
London WC1H 0BW

Kinga Goodwin has a background in cross-cultural psychology, but her research is interdisciplinary. Her work is based on in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation/participation with Polish women living in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand/Aotearoa (NZ). This research is comparative, and largely theorized within the intersectionality model, and discusses how class, gender and ethnicity intersect in Polish women’s behaviour in culturally and geographically different environments. Kinga's research shows Polish women in the context of lifestyle migration, rather than in the labour migration context in which Polonia is often discussed.

Professor Robin Goodwin

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Warwick
University Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Webpage: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych/people/rgoodwin/

My British Academy funded project, ‘The Acculturation of Polish Immigrants into British Society: A Multi-method investigation’ (2007-2009), was a two year longitudinal study of Polish migrants.

Prof. Elżbieta M. Goździak

Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology,
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.
Adjunct Professor,
School of Foreign Service,
Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Website: https://www.elzbietagozdziak.com/
E-mail: emg27@georgetown.edu
E-mail: emg27@amu.edu.pl

Elżbieta’s research agenda includes a broad array of issues of migrant mobility and integration, migration and trafficking of children and adolescents, migrancy and childhoods, and migrant children and education.

In 2018, Elżbieta left her position as Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown to return to her alma mater, the Adam Mickiewicz University. Between 2018 and 2020, she held a Visiting Professorship at the Center for Migration Studies (CeBaM) to work on a Horizon 2020 project to study norms and values in the context of the European “migration and refugee crisis.” Currently, Elżbieta and Izabella Main are co-editing a book stemming from this research entitled What’s God Got to Do with It? Debating Religion and Forced Migration Entanglements.

In the fall of 2022, Elżbieta will begin a four-year research project, funded by the Polish Science Center (NCN), to study inclusion and integration of migrant children in Polish schools. Through analysis of multiple points of view of school children, their families and teachers, education administrators, and policy-makers, the project goes beyond the current state of knowledge on migrant children’s integration in schools and through schools into the wider society. It will spearhead a research agenda on migration and education and prepare a cadre of emerging scholars and graduate students to conduct research at the nexus of international migration and education. It will also contribute to the anthropology of education, a field unexplored in Poland and in Europe.

Her books include: Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values? (Routledge 2020), Editor, with Izabella Main and Brigitte Suter; Contested Childhoods: Growing Up in Migrancy (Springer 2016), Editor, with Marie Louise Seeberg); Migrant Children: At the Crossroads of Vulnerability and Resiliency (Palgrave 2010) with Marisa O. Ensor; Od gości do sąsiadów. Integracja cudzoziemców spoza Unii Europejskiej w Poznaniu w edukacji, na rynku pracy i w opiece zdrowotnej (UAM Press 2010) with Natalia Bloch; New Immigrants, Changing Communities. Best Practices for a Better America (Lexington Books 2008), with Micah N. Bump); and Beyond the Gateway: Immigrants in a Changing America (Lexington Books 2005), with Susan F. Martin.

Professor Izabela Grabowska (Grabowska-Lusińska)

Department of Economics, CRASH Centre for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility, Kozminski University, 57/59 Jagiellonska St, 03-301 Warsaw. www.kozminski.edu.pl.
Website: www.izabelagrabowska.com
Email: igrabowska@kozminski.edu.pl

Professor Izabela Grabowska is a sociologist and economist and full Professor of Social Sciences. In 2021 she joined the Department of Economics at Kozminski University, Central Europe and set up CRASH, the Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility. From 2016-2021 she was director of Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of SWPS University, Warsaw; from 2002-2019 Research Fellow at the Centre of Migration Research in Warsaw (currently a member of its Scientific Board); and from 2008-2019 member of IMISCOE Executive Board and Board of Directors. She is a former national expert of the European Commission in ESCO and European Mobility Partnership.

Professor Grabowska is co-author of the following research monographs: Migration and the Transfer of Informal Human Capital. Insights from Central Europe and Mexico (with Jastrzebowska; Routledge 2022); The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (with White, Kaczmarczyk and Slany, UCL Press 2018) and Migrants as Agents of Change (with Garapich, Jazwinska and Radziwinowiczowna, Palgrave Macmillan 2017). She is co-editor of Mobility in Transition. Migration Patterns After EU Enlargement (Amsterdam University Press 2013).

Professor Grabowska has led research projects on: migrants’ careers, social remittances, peer-groups & migration (ended in 2020), life courses of young migrants & Brexit (ended in 2021), migrant liquid integration (H2020 MIMY,  ended in 2023).  In 2023 she won  a Horizon Europe research grant for the project  Link4Skills.

Migration Expert Index - Izabela Grabowska: https://crossmigration.eu/experts/1080

Dr. Oksana Shmulyar Gréen

PhD in Sociology, Senior Lecturer and Researcher
Dept of Sociology and Work Science
University of Gothenburg
Box 720, 405 30
Gothenburg, Sweden
Phone: 0046-31-7864810
Email: Oksana.shmulyar@socav.gu.se

My research interests focus on the issues of transnational families and transnational childhoods in the context of EU mobility. Theoretically, I am inspired by new sociology of childhood, sociology of care and transnational familyhood, mobility and belonging. My recent research examines the issues of parental migration from countries of Central and Eastern Europe and its implications for the family lives, care arrangements across the European borders, children’s mobility and building meaningful social relationships post-migration. In 2018, as a member of research team at Gothenburg University, I completed a FORTE-funded research project involving Central and East European migrant families in Sweden and their situated transnational care arrangements with families back home. Currently, I am working on two new research projects, both involving children who joined or came together with their parents from the CEE countries to Sweden, which examines the impact of family migration on children’s everyday lives, their well-being and relationships, as well feelings of belonging and ex/inclusion in Sweden. Other fields I have been working with include the domestic work and care issues in Europe, transformation of welfare and gender regimes in the Central and Eastern Europe, migration from Ukraine,  and societal transformations in CEE countries after the collapse of socialism. I have also a particular interest in the methodological and ethical issues of doing qualitative research, especially with migrant families, children and young people.

Julia Halej

PhD student (completed)
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London
16 Taviton Street
London WC1H 0BW
Website: www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/research/halej.htm
My research focused on the discursive construction of East European migrants in Britain, their perception by the host society and its impact on migrants' lived social reality and integration. My multidisciplinary approach (incorporating cultural/historical perspectives into social scientific analysis, drawing on media analysis, narrative interviews and social psychology methodology) sought to determine the extent to which the monolithic category of 'East European' was being broken down, and the different meanings and hierarchies that emerged as a result, particularly in the context of 'whiteness' and 'gender'. On this basis I investigated whether prejudice and stereotypes affected migrants' everyday life and integration patterns, and the opportunities and limitations the label 'East European' holds for migrants in Britain.

Catherine Harris

Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences,
University of Sheffield,
Sheffield, S1 4DP
Email: Catherine.harris@sheffield.ac.uk
Catherine’s PhD investigated the experiences of Polish migrant entrepreneurs in the West Midlands region of the UK and is the first large-scale study of its kind. Her research has attracted interest internationally and has been featured in the media. Her research interests include ethnic entrepreneurship, EU enlargement, Polish migration and the Polish community in the UK. She is particularly interested in the translocal interactions between Polish migrants in the UK and individuals/organisations in Poland. Catherine is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the ERC funded project ‘Living with Difference: making communities out of strangers in an era of super mobility and super diversity’. The project focuses on diversity in Leeds and Warsaw.

Dr Anna Horolets

Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
University of Warsaw
Email: a.horolets@uw.edu.pl

Anna Horolets started research on Polish post-2004 migration in 2010-11 when she was a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. The research project was devoted to post-2004 Polish migrants' leisure mobility and was conducted in the West Midlands.

She subsequently conducted research on Polish migrants’ leisure in Chicago: ‘Leisure participation and adaptation of Polish immigrants in urban and suburban neighbourhoods of Chicago metro’. The research was supported by the Kościuszko Foundation; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was a partner institution.

She is a founder and coordinator of the summer school ‘Studies of Migration and Mobility in Europe’ (Erasmus Intensive Programme), Sopot, Poland. The school has run for three years (2011-2013) and attracted over 70 students and 20 teaching staff from 9 European countries.

Anna’s research interests are mobility and leisure. She has been a part of the project ‘Leisure practices and perception of nature. Polish tourists and migrants in Iceland’ (University of Gdańsk and University of Iceland; PI: Agata Bachórz).

Most recently she has joined a research team of the project ‘Managing the European Refugee Crisis’ (University of Warsaw; PI: Adriana Mica) and coordinates the Work Package devoted to discourse analysis of the media coverage of the EU refugee relocation scheme from 2015 in three countries: Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Professor Krystyna Iglicka

Faculty of Management,
University of Warsaw

Krystyna Iglicka is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw. She serves as an expert of the European Commission and the Warsaw Center for International Relations (migration and demography). In 1996-1999, she coordinated the Polish Migration Project at UCL SSEES. For many years she was based at the Warsaw Centre of Migration Research. Her research has recently focused on Polish migration to Norway.

Dr. Maja Jankowska

Lecturer in Educational Psychology
University of Bedfordshire
Park Square
Luton, LU1 3JU
E-mail: maja,jankowska@beds.ac.uk

Maja Jankowska is a Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. She is interested in bilingualism (the experiences of Polish-English bilingual children in the English system of education, their wellbeing and sense of identity as well as teacher’s perceptions and attitudes towards bilingual and EAL children and school’s approaches and systems). She is also interested in the life of Polish migrants in the UK and actively participates and supports the Polish community in Bedfordshire. She collaborates with Polish British Integration Centre (PBIC) in a number of community based and community-centred projects.

Barbara Janta

Doctoral researcher
Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Email: b.janta@warwick.ac.uk
Website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/people/phdstudents/barbara/

Barbara Janta is a doctoral researcher investigating Polish migrants' childbearing in the UK. Barbara's study focuses on the relationship between migrants' childbearing and decisions to settle in the UK or return to Poland. Her study also examines the challenges of Polish migrants' childbearing for policymaking, in particular for the labour markets, demography, and public services.

Dr Hanna (Hania) Janta

Hania Janta, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Hospitality and Events
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Faculty of Business Economics and Law
University of Surrey,Guildford GU2 7XH
Email: h.janta@surrey.ac.uk


Hania's  PhD thesis focused on Polish migrants employed in the UK hospitality industry. Her research interests are in the area of hospitality employment, Polish migration post 2004, migrant workers and netnography.

Dr. Agata Jastrzębowska

CRASH Center for Research on Social Change and Human Mobility,
Kozminski University, 57/59 Jagiellonska St., 03-301 Warsaw
tel. +48 693.70.31.70 

Agata Jastrzębowska is a post-doctoral researcher on the project ‘BigMig: Digital and non-digital traces of migrants in Big and Small Data approaches to human capacities’, conducted at the Kozminski University in Warsaw (Poland), under the supervision of Prof. Izabela Grabowska.Agata is a social and organizational and work psychologist specializing in quantitative research. In her research, she treats migration as a human experience that enriches human resources and affects human capital. She creates her research agenda around four concepts: migration, social competences, interpersonal communication and Person-Job competency fit.

Hate speech is a widespread phenomenon in Poland, but also in the world. It particularly affects migrants and people from other countries. In order to counteract it, the social campaign Talk to me kindly was created. The aim of campaign is to promote assertive communication based on mutual respect. Agata Jastrzębowska-Tyczkowska is the leader of this campaign.  Since 2020, she has been the vice-president of the Wspólne Podwórko Association, a non-profit organization working for the comprehensive support of mental health and the development of children and adolescents, as well as adults and their social environment. Both Polish and foreign families are supported in the association

Daniel Jerke

Research Center for the History of Transformations (University of Vienna)
E-mail: Daniel.Jerke@univie.ac.at

My PhD project deals with Polish refugees who came to Austria and Canada between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s. As a historian, I am analysing state records, materials from NGOs, reports from both national and Polonia media outlets as well as contemporary research publications.

Dr. Michael Johns

Associate Professor of Political Science
Laurentian University- Barrie Campus
130 Bell Farm Road
Suite 2 and 3,Barrie, Ontario, Canada, L4M 5G6
Email: mjohns@laurentian.ca

Michael's research focuses on the role intra-EU migrants play in furthering our understanding of concepts of minorities, European mobility and citizenship. Much of his current work examines the Polish community in Britain and Ireland with particular attention given to the Polish migrants in Llanelli, Wales. Recently Michael started an additional research project examining the development of migration networks of Polish migrants and the role of the local community in this process. Currently he is a Honorary Research Fellow with Cardiff University.

Dawn Judd

Senior Lecturer (retired)
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire PR1 2HE
E-Mail: DBJudd1@yahoo.co.uk

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Professor Paweł Kaczmarczyk

Director of the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Warsaw CMR
ul. Banacha 2b
02-097 Warsaw
Fax: +48 22 8227404 Email: p.kaczmarczyk@uw.edu.pl
Tel.: +48 22 6597411

Pawel’s main research areas include migration, particularly in CEE countries, labour economics, demography, international economics and migration policy. With regard to migration his research has focused on causes and consequences of labour migration, highly skilled mobility, remittances and welfare impacts of migration. He is a SOPEMI correspondent at the OECD, IZA Fellow and TFMI Fellow. In 2008-2011 he was also a member of the Board of Strategic Advisers to the Prime Minister of Poland where he provided expertise on subjects linked to demography, the labour market, mobility and migration, as well as the welfare system.

Monika Kaliszewska

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate
Employment Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Department of Sociology
2-3 College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 1 896 1876
Email: kaliszwm@tcd.ie

Between 2009 and 2010 I was involved in Polonia in Dublin project, funded by IRCHSS, employing a large scale migrant survey in order to examine the lives of Polish migrants that arrived to Ireland after 2004. Currently (from October 2010) I am involved in an international large scale longitudinal study - Causes and Consequences of Socio-Cultural Integration Processes among New Immigrants in Europe, the so-called SCIP Project. It is a collaborative project between Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland. This project studies integration trajectories of new immigrants and its substantive focus is specifically on migrants’ socio-cultural integration. My doctoral study examines core networks of Polish migrants to Ireland. It includes two groups: those that arrived to Ireland after 2004, during the times of economic boom, and those that arrived to Ireland during economic recession. I am specifically interested in micro-scale integration processes, social capital, resources available to migrants within their core networks and transnational networks. I have an MA in Sociology from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2006), and Masters in European Political Sociology, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden (2005).


Dr Marta Kempny

Teaching assistant, Queen’s University Belfast
Email: martakempny@gmail.com

Dr Marta Kempny is a social anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast. Her primary research interests focus on the areas of ethnicity, mobility, migration policy, community relations, and urban studies. Since 2006, she has been engaged in research on different aspects of Polish migration to the UK/Ireland, such as first and second generation identities, transnationalism, and constructions of space and place in the context of sectarian divide of Belfast as well as East European migration strategies in the context of Brexit. Dr Kempny is actively engaged with the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland and has worked very closely with the Migrant Centre NI as a bilingual support provider from 2019 to 2021. In 2020 she led, together with Prof Svasek from QUB, the Migrant Lives project, which included storytelling and arts methods to elicit migrant stories about their memories of homeland, their present realities and their fears/hopes for the future (www.migrantlives.co.uk). Her most recent research focused on migrant women (im)mobilities in NI.

Dr Weronika Kloc-Nowak

Centre for Migration Research
University of Warsaw
ul. Pasteura 7

02-097 Warsaw, Poland.
Tel.: +48 22 554 67 79
E-mail: w.kloc-nowak@uw.edu.pl
Website: http://www.migracje.uw.edu.pl/zespol/weronika-kloc-nowak-2/

Weronika received her Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. She works as a sociologist at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, Poland, and specialises in the dynamics of migrant families, intergenerational relations and gender perspectives in migration studies. She participated in a Polish NSC funded project "Unfinished migration transition and ageing population in Poland. Asynchronous population changes and the transformation of formal and informal care institutions", led by Prof. Marek Okólski (Mig/Ageing project descriptionleading to the co-authored Ethnomorality of Care: Migrants and their Aging Parents (Routledge, 2018). Weronika’s book based on her doctoral research, entitled Childbearing and parental decisions of intra-EU migrants. A biographical analysis of Polish post-accession migrants to the UK and Italy is forthcoming (Peter Lang, 2018). Her research plans for the immediate future concentrate on the impact of out-migration and return migration on Polish society, especially on childbearing and childcare norms, intentions and practices.


Dr Samantha K. Knapton

Assistant Professor in History
University of Nottingham
Email: sam.knapton@nottingham.ac.uk

Sam is a historian of twentieth century displacement, Central and East-Central Europe and international humanitarianism. Her most recent book is Samantha K. Knapton and Katherine Rossy (eds), Relief and Rehabilitation for a Postwar World: Humanitarian Intervention and the UNRRA (Bloomsbury, 2023). Her doctoral research was published in 2023 under the title Occupiers, Humanitarian Workers, and Polish Displaced Persons in British Occupied Germany. This research centres on post-1945 histories of displaced persons (DPs) in Germany, and in particular Polish DPs as it shifts the focus away from the institutions governing the DPs and onto the willing (or rather unwilling) welfare workers, military officials and DPs themselves in the chaotic post-war landscape. It reconceptualises relationships between DPs, welfare workers and officials and shows the lasting effect the DP camps had on Polish identity in the post-war world. She is now in the early stages of work on a second major research project focusing on the shifting meanings of 'rehabilitation' in the medicalised discourse of humanitarian aid. Sam was also a Junior Research Fellow for 2020/21 at the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw analysing Polish and British means to encourage and carry out repatriation to Poland from 1945.


Dr Julie Knight

Research Manager & Adjunct Professor
Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University
Department of Sociology, Loyola University of Maryland
E-mail: knight@towson.edu

After completing her PhD (2014) entitled ‘Motivations and Trajectories: A study of Polish migrants in Cardiff, Wales’ in the Department of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Julie moved to the US to continue conducting interdisciplinary research. Julie’s current research interests are in contemporary migration flows, the cultural integration of long-term migrants, migration policy and regional economic development. In addition, Julie has taken an active role in developing the next generation of young researchers through her position as the Editor- in- Chief of the Early Careers Section of the open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science.

Dr Anna Kordasiewicz

Please see Anna Rosińska.

Olga Kozłowska

Researcher and PhD student
School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
University of Wolverhampton
Millennium City Building
Wulfruna Street
E-mail: olga.kozlowska@wlv.ac.uk

I worked on a one year project on the mental health of post-accession Polish migrants in the UK (‘Migration, Stress and Mental Health: An Exploratory Study of Post-accession Polish Immigrants to the United Kingdom’). The research employed a quantitative and qualitative approach to examine the prevalence of mental distress among Polish migrants and to identify the pressure points threatening their mental well-being. In the research carried out as my PhD project (‘Lived experience of economic migration in the narratives of migrants from post-communist Poland to Britain’) I explore the post-accession migratory experiences of highly educated young migrants.

Dr Kinga Kozminska


Kinga is a lecturer in sociolinguistics with phonetics at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. She is also an associate lecturer in linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2016, she received her DPhil from Oxford, where she studied speaking styles and language ideologies among Polish-speaking migrants living and working in Southeast England. She then worked as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Family Language Policy project at Birkbeck, where she conducted linguistic ethnographic fieldwork among Polish-speaking families in the Greater London area. Kinga is currently working mainly with audiovisual recordings of daily interactions in order to understand contemporary soundscapes, everyday offline/online multilingual practices and socialisation processes in transnational timespace. She has also taught a range of courses in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, etc. to undergraduate and postgraduate students at e.g. the University of Oxford, University of Brighton, Birkbeck College. She has presented her work to various audiences, most recently at Yale University’s Meaning in Flux or the MEITS conference at the University of Cambridge. She has published in e.g. Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language and Communication or Wiener Slawistischer Almanach (Peter Lang).


Dr Mike Krawiec

University of the West of England,
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education,
Coldharbour Lane,
Bristol BS16 1QY
Email: Michael2.Krawiec@live.uwe.ac.uk

My PhD explores the dichotomy within the post-war Polish diaspora 1945-1960. Given the title “The Re-emergence of the Polish Nationalist Inter-war Regime in Post-war Britain” the work explores identity, cultural and socio-political influences and their origins. It further explores the paradigm between the Polish Catholic Church and Polish elites and the important role this played in the construction of a ‘Myth of Return’.


Aneta Krzyworzeka-Jelinowska

PhD candidate
Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies 
University of Warsaw

My PhD focuses on the Polish diaspora, especially in Western Europe, women and migration, and Polish policy towards the diaspora.


Dr Lukasz Krzyzowski

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philosophische Fakultät III
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Postal address:
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
For visitors:
Universitätsstraße 3b, room 137

E-Mail: lukasz.krzyzowski@hu-berlin.de

Dr Łukasz Krzyżowski is a postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University, Berlin. Krzyżowski holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (2012). He is a member of the Research Training Group of the “From Heterogeneities to Social Inequalities” Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) at Bielefeld University. Krzyżowski was team leader of the “Transnational Caregiving and Intergenerational Relations in Migrant Cultures” project financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Since 2013 he has held the position of Assistant Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Krzyżowski's expertise is in qualitative methods of research, in particular multi-sited ethnography and mixed methods research and he lectures qualitative and qualitative methods of research at AGH. Krzyżowski's interests are in transmigration and old age and elderly care and care provision and intergenerational solidarity under Polish systemic culture-bound conditions.

Dr Agnieszka Kubal

Lecturer in Sociology

Agnieszka completed her DPhil (2010) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. It explored how migrants build their relationship with the legal system of the host country, using the case study of Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement migrants in the UK. It was published as a monograph with Ashgate (2012), entitled: 'Socio-legal integration. Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement migrants in the United Kingdom.' The book examines how contemporary migrants respond to the law in the host country, and which factors influence this relationship. It suggests a more comprehensive insight into the socio-legal integration of migrants by analysing the interplay between the new legal environment and migrants'existing culturally-derived values, attitudes, behaviour and social expectations toward law and law enforcement. The book uses the case study of Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement migrants in the UK during the 'transitory period', i.e. when the European law on free movement was suspended and it was the British Accession Regulations 2004 and 2006 which governed migrants' work and residence in the UK.

Agnieszka's research interests encompass migrants' legal incorporation, the rights-citizenship nexus, questions of legality and semi-legality, social theory and comparative legal culture.

Paul Lassalle

PhD Student
Centre for Contemporary European Studies
Business School
University of the West of Scotland
E-mail: paul.lassalle@uws.ac.uk

Paul is currently writing his PhD on Polish entrepreneurs in Scotland. Based on semi-structured interviews conducted with Polish entrepreneurs working in different sectors of the economy in the Glasgow area, his research focuses on their personal life trajectories (including their decision to emigrate), their relations (positive or negative) with the Polish community, their motivations to set up their own business in Scotland and their business strategies. This research contributes to the academic debates concerning Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs, i.e. the importance of push and pull factors, the issues faced by immigrant businesses in accessing formal sources of support and advice, and the role played by social capital.

Dr Aleksandra Lewicki

Aleksandra Lewicki
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Department of Sociology
School of Law, Politics and Sociology
G45 Freeman Centre
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QE

Telephone: +44(0)1273 873346
Email: A.Lewicki@sussex.ac.uk

Aleksandra Lewicki is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, a Member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS). Her work comparatively investigates structural inequalities in post-colonial Europe. Her main research areas are: (1) institutional dynamics of racism, and (2) political mobilisation and agency. She is interested in how race is made, by whom, and what it does to those subjected to its effects, and those implicit in its making. Aleksandra has written on practices, discourses and acts of citizenship and their relevance for our understanding of integration policies and equality laws. Her current research explores the transnationalization of far-right social movements in Europe (including Germany, Poland and the UK).


Magdalena Lopez Rodriguez

Magdalena López Rodríguez (BA in Cultural Anthropology, MA in Anthropology of Development, MRes in Social and Educational Research, MPhil) is a research fellow researching perceptions of children’s education by Polish migrant mothers in the UK and works on various migration-related projects (currently on a project conducted by the Poznań Institute for Western Affairs ‘Polish immigrant organizations in Europe’). She has published papers on diverse aspects of migrant education and recently produced a toolkit about education in the UK for migrants and minorities (Middlesex University, UK). Her research interests focus on analyses of cultural and social capital in migratory situations. She has extensive experience and expertise in qualitative research methods.

Helen Lowther

PhD Student
Centre for Urban and Regional Development (CURDS)
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Newcastle University
5th Floor, Daysh Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom NE1 7RU
E-mail: helen.lowther@hotmail.co.uk

Helen is a postgraduate student based within the Geography Department at Newcastle University. Her PhD focuses upon the relationship between social capital and integration for post-accession Polish migrants living in the North East of England and raises questions regarding the extent to which participation in activities beyond the working day impact the generation of social capital for this group.

Dr Amy Ludlow
University of Cambridge
01223 332497

@ACLudlow; @eumigrantworker

In 2016, Amy, together with Prof. Catherine Barnard, is running the ESRC funded 'EU Migrant Worker Project'. See http://www.eumigrantworker.law.cam.ac.uk

Professor Izabella Main

The Centre for Migration Studies
Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
E-mail: imain@amu.edu.pl

Izabella’s research interests are in the intersection of migration studies and medical anthropology. She has conducted research in Barcelona, London and Berlin about the change of beliefs and practices concerning health, access to healthcare, and medical tourism. Her interests include multiple mobility of individuals, mobility of care and medicaments. Izabella was also involved in projects aimed at developing strategies and activities for refugees and foreigners in Poznań and Poland. She is currently (October 2018) working on two projects: Migration for welfare: nurses within three regimes of immigration and integration into the Norwegian welfare state (https://blogg.hioa.no/wellmig/) and Norms and values in the European migration and refugee crisis (novamigra) (http://novamigra.eu/

Agnieszka Marciszewska

PhD student
Department of Literature, Languages and Theatre
University of Greenwich, London
E-mail: A.A.Marciszewska@greenwich.ac.uk

Agnieszka Marciszewska is currently working on a research study which deals with psycholinguistic processes occurring in a bilingual person's mind. The project involves Polish-English bilingual children and teenagers, which makes it scientifically truly cutting edge, especially considering that very few studies have looked at this specific language pairing. Agnieszka has recently been interviewed by a London-based media channel. You can find the details here: http://londynek.net/czytelnia/Przelomowe+badania+o+dwujezycznosci+prowadzone+w+Londynie%C2%A0+czytelnia,/czytelnia/article?jdnews_id=4182274 More information about this project can be found on Agnieszka’s website at www.amaris-studio.com.

Joanna Marczak

PhD student
Department of Social Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
E-mail: J.Marczak@lse.ac.uk

I am writing a PhD about 'fertility intentions of Polish people in the UK and Poland'. In my project I will concentrate on fertility intentions and the progression to the second child among Polish people in the UK and Poland using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Professor Ewa Mazierska

Professor of Contemporary Cinema
School of Journalism, Media and Communication
University of Central Lancashire, Harris 249a,
Preston, PR1 2HE
E-mail: ehmazierska@uclan.ac.uk

Jenny McCurry

PhD candidate
School of Geography
Queen Mary University of London
Email: j.c.mccurry@qmul.ac.uk
Website: http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/mccurryj.html

Jenny began her PhD research in September 2013.   It focuses on the participation of Polish migrants in politics and civil society in Northern Ireland, their motivations for participation and the barriers which they may experience.  Taking a transnational approach, it also explores their continuing ties to Poland, interest in Polish politics and continuing participation in Polish elections.  As well as making an empirical contribution to an area which requires further research, it offers the opportunity to explore the dynamics of migrant political participation in the context of a deeply divided society.  The establishment of devolved government in Northern Ireland provides an interesting framework to study multi-level understandings of citizenship and the construction of civic and political identities at multiple scales.  It also aims to engage with wider debates regarding citizenship and political participation against the backdrop of new patterns of mobility within the EU.

Professor Derek McGhee

ESRC Centre for Population Change
University of Southampton.
E-mail: D.P.McGhee@soton.ac.uk

Derek has previously worked with Professor Sue Heath (Morgan Centre, Manchester University) and Dr Paulina Trevena on a 3 year (2009-2012) ESRC Centre for Population Change project on the impact of migrating to the UK on post-accession Polish Families. The research team have published and are working on a range of papers on various themes: doing families at a distance, the relationship between intra- and inter-personal comparisons in Polish migrant biographies, housing biographies and the access to social housing in Glasgow, Polish parents' perceptions of the UK education system, Polish migrants' relationships to place and location, the impact of migration on transitions to adulthood amongst younger Poles. Derek will be starting a second 3 year ESRC Centre for Population Change Project early in 2014. In this project he wants to examine the drivers and impacts on Polish migrants settlement patterns in urban areas in England, Wales and Scotland and he will examine the impact of return migration to Poland on Polish family formations.

Vassiliki-Eleni Milonidis

My M. Res research focused on the social and personal experiences of migrants in the UK.  I pursued a comparative project that explored Polish and Greek migration in the UK. The aim of the project was to understand how involvement in a local Catholic or Orthodox parish aids the ‘integration’ of Polish and Greek migrants in London and Cambridge. The project drew upon existing migration theory discussing the concepts of integration, migration networks and their impact on economic and social capital. The project explored how parish participation of Polish and Greek adults, who have moved to the UK, may help to build a social network or community. This network can include Poles, Greeks, and local non-Poles or Greeks. The project, in addition, considered the role that participation in a parish plays in maintaining transnational ties to Poland and Greece.

Dr Magda Mogilnicka

Research Associate
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TU
E-mail: magda.mogilnicka@bristol.ac.uk
Web page:https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/magda-mogilnicka(dec5f311-d905-411b-a38b-31e85e0b9334).html .

My research interests are in the fields of ethnicity, lived diversities, cultural difference, whiteness studies, everyday racism. My PhD thesis investigated everyday encounters with difference of post-accession Polish citizens living in Britain. Based on ten months of ethnographic fieldwork combined with in-depth interviews, the research explored the complexities of Poles’ everyday practices with cultural others that reflect their understandings of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in the British context. The research elaborated on concepts such as conviviality, everyday cosmopolitanism, everyday racism as ambivalent practices expressed by individuals, depending on a social context. It situated these complex practices within the broader context of British national hierarchies of belonging. 

Dr Richard C. M. Mole

Professor of Political Sociology
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
E-mail: r.mole@ucl.ac.uk
Web profile: www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/richard-mole

Richard's research focuses on the relationship between identity and power with particular reference to the construction of social and political hierarchies defined in terms of nationality, gender and sexuality. He has recently been involved in a project examining the experiences of LGBT migrants from Poland, Russia and Brazil to London and Berlin. The project was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Iris Mordue

PhD student and Associate Lecturer at Teesside University
School of Social Sciences, Business and Law

Iris’ research investigates how fear - the fear of crime, and also wider insecurities - influences the everyday lives of the people who live in a deprived area of Middlesbrough, Teesside: members of the traditional British white working class, Polish labour migrants, and refugees/asylum seekers. This comparative study seeks to explore the ways in which varying biographies and backgrounds influence the experiences and perceptions of the members of these three groups. This research interest was sparked by Iris’ twelve year career as a Community Development Officer, during which she specialised in working with ethnic minority groups in various parts of the North East of England. From 2005-2010 she worked particularly closely with the Polish community and from this group she gained many contacts and positive experiences. In addition to her studies, Iris has enjoyed leading the PG 'Regional Biographical Narrative Research Method Network' since March 2014.

Dr Dagmar Rita Myslinska

Associate Professor
Creighton University Law School
Omaha, NE, USA

Dagmar currently teaches at Creighton University School of Law in the USA. Prior to that, she had taught at Goldsmiths, University of London (2019-23), where she founded and directed the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic.Dagmar’s research expertise falls at the intersection of immigration, equality rights, and race/ethnicity studies. Her qualitative studies of anti-discrimination and immigration laws and discourses rely on critical analytical frameworks (including critical race theory, whiteness studies, and postcolonial studies). Her PhD project (completed in 2019) took account of east-west power differentials to explore Poles’ experience of mobility and their positioning within EU and UK equality frameworks. Through a systematic content analysis of laws and legal discourse related to mobility and equality, it explored how the historical hierarchy positioning the west as superior and the east as unable to be fully ‘European’ can still be observed today in how EU and UK policies have pushed the eastern region and its nationals to the periphery of Europe and of whiteness. Her recent research monograph, “Law, Migration and the Construction of Whiteness: Mobility within the European Union” (Routledge, 2024) expands her doctoral work and interrogates the history, wording, omissions, assumptions and applications of laws, policies and discourses pertinent to mobility and equality, to argue that the parameters of Central and Eastern European nationals’ status within the EU have been closely circumscribed, in line with the entrenched historical western-centric positioning. Engaging current legal, economic, political, and moral issues—against the backdrop of Brexit and contestations over EU integration and globalization—the book opens avenues of thought to better understand law’s role in producing and sustaining social stratifications. Europe is a postcolonial space, as this book demonstrates. By addressing fractures within the construct of whiteness that are based on ethnicity, class and migrant status, the book also provides a theoretically nuanced, and politically useful, understanding of contemporary European racisms. Dagmar obtained her Ph.D. in law from the London School of Economics, under the supervision of Professors Nicola Lacey (Law) and Coretta Phillips (Social Policy). She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and B.A. (cum laude) from Yale University. Dagmar is currently serving as Secretary for the Section on European Law of the Association of American Law Schools. 

Robert Nartowski

PhD researcher,
University of Aberdeen

Robert is a graduate of Queen’s University (Canada), the Jagiellonian University (Poland) and the University of Kent (UK). He has been extensively studying Polish migration behaviour since 2012. He is currently finishing one of the largest cross-national comparative studies of Polish migrants in Europe as part of his PhD thesis. His research explores the healthcare experiences of over six hundred Polish migrants in various health care systems (France, Germany and the UK) through quantitative and qualitative methods. His surveys and interviews reveal differences between the perceived health care quality, access, needs and expectations of Polish migrants living in different European countries in relation to varying transnational health care practices. Based in Aberdeen, Robert is working under the supervision of Professor Claire Wallace and the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. His latest work can be found at https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/28/suppl_1/cky047.171/4973216


Niamh Nestor

PhD Researcher
School of Languages and Literatures
University College Dublin
Dublin 4
E-mail: niamh.nestor@ucdconnect.ie
Niamh’s research interests are in language variation and sociolinguistics. She is currently working on a PhD at the School of Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin. Her research forms part of an inter-institutional, IRCHSS (Irish Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) funded project entitled 'Second language acquisition and native language maintenance in the Polish Diaspora in Ireland and France'. The project investigates language use and identity among young Poles living in Ireland and will analyse speech data for a number of variables, including in/ing and discourse ‘like’.

Dr Katarzyna Nowak

Katarzyna Nowak
Research Associate

History Department
University of Manchester
Email: katarzyna.nowak@manchester.ac.uk
Katarzyna completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. Drawing on Marxist and literary theory, she investigated how Polish Displaced Persons conceptualised their experiences of refugeedom and how they navigated through the refugee regime in the aftermath of the Second World War. Extensive fieldwork in the archives in UK, US, Germany, and Poland allowed her to situate voices of the DPs in the centre of her work, drawing on letters, memoirs, court records, DP press, and reports produced by various institutions and organisations. Within the collaborative project "Reckoning with Refugeedom: Refugee Voices in Modern World History" (AHRC-funded project, 2018-21), she focuses on voices and narratives of people displaced as a result of the Second World War, looking at various sites of displacement from DP camps in Germany to refugee settlement in British colonial Africa. More broadly, her research interests include cultural history of war and displacement, people’s history, history of the body, and history of Eastern Europeans.


Prof. Dr. Magdalena Nowicka

Leader, Project TRANSFORmIG
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Universitätsstr. 3b, Berlin
Postal Address:
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin
E-Mail: magdalena.nowicka@hu-berlin.de
Website: www.transformig.hu-berlin.de

Magdalena's research interests focus on two issues. First, the impact of commuting and return migration between Poland and Great Britain on their home communities in respect to the transformation of "social imaginaries" and the possibility of a transnational transfer of multicultural habitus between two opposed contexts, the British characterised by 'super-diversity' and the Polish shaped by relative ethnic, religious and cultural homogeneity. Second, the entrepreneurship efforts of Polish immigrants in Germany in the light of changes caused by the application of transitory measures limiting the access to the German labour market for the East Europeans for the period 2004-2011.

Witold Orlik

PhD researcher
University of Ulster
Magee campus, Northland Road
BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland
E-mail: Orlik-W2@email.ulster.ac.uk

My PhD project is about mental health condition of Polish migrants
to Ireland. Concepts like mood disorders, psychotic- like
experiences, discrimination, racism, life events and many more will
be explored.

Dr Dorota Osipovic

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy
15 - 17 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SH
Email: dorota.osipovic@lshtm.ac.uk
Website: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/osipovic.dorota

My main interests lie at the intersection of migration, welfare state and social action. In particular, I am interested in social attitudes to welfare and health care, as well as the relationship between normative attitudes and social practices. I have explored these links in my doctoral research project looking at the ways Polish migrants to the UK conceptualise their welfare views and engage with the welfare state. Since joining LSHTM I have been working on a number of projects investigating organisational structures and service delivery aspects of the NHS in England.

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Dr Violetta Parutis

National Centre for Social Research
E-mail: violetta.parutis@natcen.ac.uk

My PhD (2009) is on the social practices of constructing 'home' among Polish and Lithuanian migrants in London. I was research associate on the project ‘Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles of London’s Eastern Europeans’ at UCL and a researcher on the project ‘Fathers across Three Generations: Polish, Irish and British Families’ at the Institute of Education. I am currently working on the longitudinal study 'Understanding Society' at the National Centre for Social Research.

Professor Konrad Pędziwiatr

Konrad Pędziwiatr holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and MAs in European Studies from the University of Exeter (UK), and in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). He is Professor at the Department of European Studies (Cracow University of Economics) and cooperates also with the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. He specializes in ethnic and religious dimensions of migration studies and social movements in Europe and the Middle East. He has also worked on various aspects of immigration to Poland (e.g.: integration of immigrants in Poland, student migrations, Arab, Indian and Turkish migrants in Poland) and the religious dimension of Polish migrations to the UK (e.g.: study on Polish converts to Islam in the UK).

His list of publications is available here: http://kse.uek.krakow.pl/index.php?action=pracownik&pracownik=kpedziwiatr&lang=eng&info=publikacje

Many of them are available here:https://independent.academia.edu/KonradPedziwiat


Dr Aneta Piekut

Dr Aneta Piekut
Sheffield Methods Institute

University of Sheffield, UK
Email: a.piekut@sheffield.ac.uk
Website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/smi/people/academic/aneta-piekut

Aneta's research interests include attitudes towards immigration, integration and social cohesion, socio-spatial segregation, and highly skilled migration. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield, where she is also a member of Migration Research Group. Aneta is also affiliated with the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, Poland


Julie Porter: see Julie Knight

Dominika Pszczółkowska

Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw

Dominika Pszczółkowska was for many years a reporter for Poland’s leading daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, for some time as a correspondent from Brussels. She wrote about European affairs, including Poland’s wave of emigration to other EU countries. These interests led her to pursue a PhD about factors influencing destination choices of Polish post-accession migrants to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.

Dr Paula Pustulka

Dr Paula Pustulka is an Assistant Professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. At USWPS, she is the Head of the Youth Research Center and Principal Investigator for the GEMTRA project ("Transitions to motherhood across three generations of Polish women. An intergenerational longitudinal study"). Paula has extensively published on Polish migrant families settled in Europe, with a strong focus on family practices and parenting, as well as particular experiences of men, women and children in mobility projects. Her research interests concern gender and family studies, migration, youth studies, and qualitative research methodologies. 

Dr Marta Rabikowska

FHEA, Teaching Fellow
Principal Lecturer in Creative Industries
Leader in Creative Employability
University of Hertfordshire
School of Creative Arts
College Lane
AL10 9AB
Mobile number: 07759612066
E-mail: m.rabikowska@herts.ac.uk

Marta Rabikowska, PhD, M.Litt, BA and FHAE is Principle lecturer in Creative Industries at the University of Hertfordshire and a documentary filmmaker. Her research involves visual methods, especially videography, which she applies to gain an embodied and located view of ethnic communities living in London and in postindustrial environments in Eastern Europe. She works with the local communities as a consultant on community development. Her expertise is mainly in visual cultures, cultural identity and ethnicity in urban contexts. Her publications cover such areas as consumption, visual cultures, identity, community, migration, city and ethnicity. She is interested in the application of the arts in communication between migrant groups and the creative output of migrants living in London. Her latest research, funded by the Leverhulme Charity Trust with Queen Mary University, has resulted with a documentary film on well-being in Polish, Nigerian and Indian diaspora in South East London. Her other documentaries on everyday life of Polish migrants in London are available on YouTube. Her recent edited book is: The Everyday of Memory: Between Communism and Communism, Peter Lang (2013, and she is working on a monograph: Community, Diversity, Place: Critique of Ethnography.

Dr Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna

Senior Reseracher (adiunkt), Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw and 
Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton

Agnieszka is a social anthropologist and senior researcher at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. She is Principal Investigator in the project, “New bordering of the UK: Post-Brexit deportability and governance of EU mobility” (acronym UK2deport). UK2deport researchers various types of state-organised return of EU citizens in the UK (deportations, administrative removals, “voluntary returns” and others). It analyses the differentiated deportability of EU citizens and aims at explaining why Central and Eastern Europeans are disproportionately targeted with deportations in the United Kingdom. Before her own return migration to Poland, Agnieszka was Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow within the BRAD research project (“Brexit and Deportations: Towards a comprehensive and transnational understanding of a new system targeting EU citizens”) at the University of Wolverhampton. 

In her previous research projects, Agnieszka studied the experience of Mexicans deported from the USA to Mexico, while working as a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA) and at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. Agnieszka’s publications include journal articles (see Individual publications list on this website) and co-authored books “Ethnomorality of Care: Migrants and Their Aging Parents” (Radziwinowiczówna, Rosińska, Kloc-Nowak 2018) and “Migrants as Agents of Change: Social Remittances in an Enlarged European Union” (Grabowska, Garapich, Jaźwińska, Radziwinowiczówna 2017).


Dr Lucy Ramasawmy

School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Room 3.14, Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Tel.: + 44 (0)131 651 1743
E-mail: lucy.ramasawmy@gmail.com

My research interests are around family migration and women, work and family. In my PhD project I looked at the experiences of Polish families who have come to Scotland since 2004, exploring the factors that were important in their decisions to stay or return, and in particular their work and child-care experiences and plans.

Adam Rogalewski

DProf student
Working Lives Research Institute
London Metropolitan University

Contact details:
Adam Rogalewski
Gewerkschaftssekretär Migration
Abteilung Vertrags- und Interessengruppenpolitik Unia Region
Rebgasse 1 4005 Basel
T: 0041 61 695 9346 M: 00 41 79535 74 10
E-mail: adam.rogalewski@unia.ch

My research interests concentrate on integration of Polish new migrants in British and Swiss trade unions. The draft title of my doctoral thesis is ‘The efforts of British and Swiss Trade Unions to include migrants from the new EU member states: Comparing UNISON and UNIA policies and their implementation to involve Polish migrant workers’. I use an auto-ethnograpy method.

Dr. Anna Rosińska

Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, and Visting Scholar, University of Massachusetts in Lowell

Anna Rosińska is a sociologist, a graduate of the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and assistant professor at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, within a framework of a 3-year MSC Fellowship based/hosted at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her most recent research was a Polish NSC funded project "Unfinished migration transition and ageing population in Poland. Asynchronous population changes and the transformation of formal and informal care institutions", led by prof. Marek Okólski (http://migageing.uw.edu.pl/) leading to the co-authored Ethnomoralities of Care: Migrants and their Aging Parents (Routledge, 2018). She was also involved in a project “Londoner – Pole – Citizen” that reached out to Polish youth in the London Borough of Lewisham and was carried out by the CMR Foundation, funded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland (http://www.obmf.pl/projekty/projekty_POLeng.html). She collaborated with the Institute of Sociology, University of Łódź, where she was part of the project "Poles in the world of late capitalism: changes of biographical processes in terms of professional careers, social relations and identity at the time of system transformation in Poland", Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and with Field of Dialogue Foundation, which she co-established in 2011. Her research interests pertain to paid domestic work, including care work, aging, social services, transformations of contemporary social relationships, and civic engagement. She has studied paid domestic work in Italy, Germany and Poland. She specializes in and teaches qualitative research and analysis, including computer assisted qualitative data analysis. Her current MSC project is entitled: “MAJORdom. Intersections of class and ethnicity in paid domestic and care work” and will analyse inequalities in these sectors within two national contexts – in Italy and the USA.


Dr Joanna Rostek

Prof. Dr. Joanna Rostek
Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media Studies
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10 B, Room B 314
35394 Giessen
Email: joanna.rostek@anglistik.uni-giessen.de
Web: http://www.uni-giessen.de

Joanna’s research interests are in literature and culture produced by and about Polish migrants to the UK and Ireland, particularly in the wake of the ‘new’ migratory wave after 2004. She has written articles on ‘Dublin novels’ by Polish writers, on the depiction of women in Polish migrant literature and, with professor Dirk Uffelmann (Slavic Literatures and Cultures, University of Passau), on the representation of ‘subaltern’ Polish migrants in film, literature and music from Britain and Poland. Together with Dirk Uffelmann, she has edited a conference volume on Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture and Literature in Germany, Ireland, and the UK (Peter Lang, 2011).

Professor Louise Ryan

Senior Professor, School of Social Professions
London Metropolitan University

Louise Ryan has been researching migration, ethnicity, religion, gender and identities for nearly two decades. She has published extensively on Polish, Irish and French migration to Britain. Louise is PI on the two-year networking grant, Modern Poland: Migration and Transformations, funded by the Noble Foundation’s Programme on Modern Poland. She has held two ESRC grants on Polish-related projects, including a project on Polish children in London Primary schools. She has also conducted ESRC-funded research on French highly skilled migrants in the financial sector. Louise has a particular interest in social networks and uses mixed methods, including visualisation, to research migrants’ social relationships, including spatially dispersed and dynamic family and friendships ties, as well as ‘weak ties’. She has published several highly cited papers on these issues.

Dr Joanna Rydzewska

Lecturer in Film Studies
Languages, Translation and Communication
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Tel: 01792 602635
E-mail: J.Rydzewska@swansea.ac.uk

Joanna’s research focuses on European, Eastern European and British cinema with particular emphasis on exile, migration and transnational film studies. She has written on émigré Polish directors – among others Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Pawel Pawlikowski – as well as the representation of Polish migration in both Polish and British film and television. Her approach employs robust contextual analysis that informs aesthetic and thematic analyses of film and television texts. Most recently she has published on the representation of Polish migration to Great Britain in the Polish television series Londyńczycy/Londoners (2008 – 2009) and the changing discourses of Eastern Europeanness in contemporary British cinema.

Dr Agnieszka Rydzik

Senior Lecturer
University of Lincoln
e-mail: arydzik@lincoln.ac.uk
Website: http://staff.lincoln.ac.uk/arydzik

Agnieszka’s research focuses on equality and discrimination at work, with a particular interest in gender, migration and the visitor economy. She is interested in worker identities, migrant entrepreneurship, social capital and networks, as well as visual and participatory methodologies. Her interest is in the worker perspective and improving working conditions but also in the exploration of the societal changes and the broader context of changing contemporary working landscapes that enable and facilitate workplace experiences, as well as the future implications of these.

Dr Alina Rzepnikowska

Lecturer in Sociology
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester

Website: http://manchester.academia.edu/AlinaRzepnikowska

Alina Rzepnikowska was awarded her PhD in July 2016 by the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research, funded by the AHRC, explored convivial encounters between Polish migrant women and the local population in Manchester and Barcelona. Alina also managed a research project on exploitation and abuse of young European migrants in Greater Manchester, funded by Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office. Alina is currently Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. Her main research interests include: migration, diversity, inter-ethnic relations, conviviality, gender, race, ethnicity, language and cities.

Dr Justyna Salamońska

Assistant Professor
Centre of Migration Research
University of Warsaw
Pasteura 7, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
Tel: +48 22 55 46 775
Email: jj.salamonska@uw.edu.pl

Justyna Salamońska is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, and Deputy Director at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. She leads a project about multiple migrations (financed through the SONATA BIS grant scheme offered by the National Science Centre, Poland) at the Centre of Migration Research. Justyna holds a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She previously carried out research and taught at Trinity College Dublin, University of Chieti and European University Institute. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary migrations in Europe, migrant labour market integration, cross-border mobilities, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Dr Lisa Scullion (nee Hunt)

Research Fellow
Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)
Joule House
College of Science & Technology
The University of Salford
Salford, Greater Manchester
M5 4WT, UK
Email: l.scullion@salford.ac.uk

Lisa has extensive experience of leading projects for various local authorities, housing providers and third sector organisations, in particular working with socially excluded and 'hard to engage' communities. She has led a number of studies with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. Over the last four years, Lisa has carried out studies for ten different local authorities focusing on the experiences Central and Eastern European (CEE) migrants living and working in the UK and recently been involved in a JRF project looking at the link between immigration policy and forced labour. She is currently co-investigator on a European Commission funded project focusing on the situation of Roma in six EU countries, a European project focusing on educational inclusion of Roma, and a project focusing on the UK response to Roma communities (funded by the JRCT). Lisa is a member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, and Europia - a community organisation in Greater Manchester that works with Central and Eastern European migrants.

Renata Seredyńska-Abou Eid

Doctoral Researcher
Critical Theory,
Department of Culture, Film and Media,
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies,
University of Nottingham

E-mail: renata.eid@nottingham.ac.uk

Webpage: https://nottingham.academia.edu/RenataSeredynskaAbouEid

Twitter: @emi_gratka

Renata is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her interests encompass cultural translation, cultural issues in migration, inter- and cross-cultural communication and diaspora. Her doctoral project Translating Cultures – Adapting Lives is aimed at studying cultural translation among Polish post-2004 migrants in the East Midlands as a tool of their adaptation to the host culture. The ultimate aim of the project is to increase migrants’ awareness of socio-cultural elements of their existence in the target country and to inform policy makers about migrants’ needs in order to alleviate social tension that may partly result from the current unfavourable political climate.

Dr Chloe Sharp

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute for Health Research
University of Bedfordshire
Putteridge Bury
01582 743737
Email: chloe.sharp@beds.ac.uk
Chloe's PhD examined the perceived relationship between giving gifts, social capital, helping others, religion and organ donation. These aspects are looked at individually, in pairs and all together. The giving gifts aspect is linked with Mauss's gift exchange theory and the sociological and anthropological aspects of giving and reciprocity and views towards giving general donations to strangers. Social capital is viewed as a recent manifestation of gift exchange and considers social networking, feelings of belonging and trust in local communities and, to some degree, society. Helping others is viewed from the sociological psychological perspective of altruism and egoism. Religion is looked at in terms of religious teachings and leaders and to some extent the role of the church in Poland and migration in the UK. The type of organ donation discussed in deceased organ donation as opposed to living donation and identifying what is known about this. The perceived relationship between these elements were explored with the Polish migrants living in Luton through in-depth interviews from a constructivist grounded theory perspective.

Professor Daniela Sime

Professor of Youth, Migration and Social Justice
School of Social Work & Social Policy
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT
Phone: 0141 4448678
Website: https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/simedanieladr/

My research interests centre upon issues of family migration, identity and belonging, with a particular focus on children and young people and their rights. In pursuit of these interests, I draw upon theoretical and methodological insights from the sociology of childhood and youth, families research, race and ethnicity studies and social policy. My research is particularly interested in social, cultural and educational contexts of exclusion, segregation and marginalisation.

In 2019, I completed an ESRC-funded study entitled Here to Stay? Identity, citizenship and belonging among settled Eastern European young people in the UK, involving young people aged 12 to 18, who moved to the UK as children from Central and Eastern Europe. The project examined the impact of family migration on children and young people’s everyday lives, including educational opportunities, their family and peer relationships, sense of identity and belonging. The study focussed also on the impact of Brexit on young people’s everyday experiences and plans for future. The website has free materials available, including a video produced with Channel 4, policy briefings, a teaching package co-produced with RespectMe to tackle prejudice bullying and academic publications.

Other projects I have completed have examined intergenerational relationships in transnational families; migrant youth inclusion, identity and civic participation; young people’s access to health services; inclusive approaches in the education of minority groups, with a focus on young people of Eastern European origin. I am also interested in the methodological and ethical issues of doing research with children and young people.

Jadwiga Słomka


Jadwiga was a Master's student at the UCL IOE (Music Education) from 2020-2021. She works within the Polish diaspora as a performer and as the musical director of Mazury (the largest UK-based Polish folk group) with whom she has organised and put together projects, including '80 Anniversary of the Battle of Britain: Polish Airmen in the UK' where she worked with Professor Norman Davies. Jadwiga's work is rooted in music and identity. Her Master's thesis focused on the role of folk, patriotic and religious song as a tool for learning and preserving language, tradition and history, and explores how songs are vital in creating sense of national identity within the Polish diaspora in the UK. She is now looking at PhD research which explores song and identity in childhood through the lens of Polish folk groups in the UK.

Dr Alana Smith

Independent Researcher
E-mail: smithalana@hotmail.com

Alana is an urban sociologist with research interests in European transnational migration, affordable housing, residential mobility, neighbourhood change and place-making. Her recent publications are based on the results of PhD research completed in 2012 which focused on the housing experiences of Polish newcomers to Dublin, Ireland. This work was partially funded by a grant through the Trinity Immigration Initiative (TII). Alana holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, an M.Sc. from the New School and a B.A. from State University of New York.

Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas

National University of Ireland, Galway
E-mail:  Cassandra.Smith-Christmas@nuigalway.ie

Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas works in the sociolinguistic subfield known as ‘Family Language Policy.’ Her previous work has centred on autochthonous minority languages such as Scottish Gaelic and Irish, but she has recently started working with Polish-speaking families as part of her Marie Skłodowska-Curie project ‘Languages, Families, and Society’ (Grant agreement 794800)

Dr Lucy Smout Szablewska

Independent Researcher/Research Fellow

Lucy is a social and qualitative researcher interested in the everyday politics of ageing over the lifecourse. She holds a PhD from the Dept of Geography at Durham University. Her doctoral research undertaken part-time between 2012-19 examined the linked lives of Polish worker-carers in North East England and their families in Poland. It makes the case for understanding the significance of population ageing and valuing the role of unpaid care labour in migration research. She currently undertakes research for a range of organisations and is a member of the British Society of Gerontology

Will Somerville

Senior Policy Analyst
Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
1600 16 ST, Washington, DC
E-mail: wsomerville@migrationpolicy.org
Website: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/about/staff/will-somerville

Will works on all aspects of UK migration and immigrant integration. He also advises various governments and international charitable foundations.

Dr Filip Sosenko

Research Associate
School of the Built Environment
Heriot-Watt University
William Arrol Building
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Tel. +44 (0) 131 4514676
E-mail: f.sosenko@hw.ac.uk
Website: www.filipsosenko.com

My research interests include factors influencing the social integration of Polish migrants in the UK. Currently in the process of developing a project grant application relevant to this subject, additionally I am keen to participate as a Research Assistant or Co-Investigator in any project related to Eastern European migrants to the UK (or those migrants who have returned to their home countries). My Scottish location could be beneficial in this respect should the study’s remit cover Scotland.

As a Polish native speaker and someone familiar with Polish voluntary and community organisations in Scotland, I am able to facilitate ‘user engagement’, e.g. to involve Polish organisations in advisory groups, to facilitate discussions using online forums such as emito.net, use Polish websites to disseminate results and give feedback to the Polish community.

Dr Stella Strzemecka

Department of Security, Safety and Equal Treatment of the Jagiellonian University,
Ingardena 330-060 Kraków (Poland)
CAQDAS and Text Mining Laboratory (CAQDAS TM Lab)
Grodzka 52, 31-044 Kraków (Poland)

E-mail: stella.strzemecka@uj.edu.pl 
E-mail: stella.strzemecka@gmail.com

Stella Strzemecka holds a PhD in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: "Determinants of the process of adaptation of children of Polish immigrants. On the example of research in Norway". Stella’s research interests are at the intersection of family, childhood, migration and social policy studies. Her list of publications is available here: http://stellastrzemecka.pl/ Many of them are available here: https://scholar.google.pl/citations?user=vls80kcAAAAJ&hl=pl


Madeleine Sumption

Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20008
United States
Website: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/about/staff/madeleine-sumption

Madeleine’s interests include the economic aspects of immigration and the role of immigrants in the workforce. Her work has included publications on the economic integration of Eastern European immigrants to the United Kingdom since EU enlargement, and the impact of economic conditions on immigration and integration.

Dr Maruška Svašek

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
School of History and Anthropology
Queens University Belfast
Tel. +44(0)2890973879
E-mail: m.svasek@qub.ac.uk

Maruška Svašek has been engaged in research on human mobility, emotions and identity formation for the last ten years. Research has included projects on (1) Post socialism; (2) Sudeten German expulsion; (3) belonging and non-belonging amongst migrants in Northern Ireland; (4) transnational family links, ageing and care; and (5) transnational workers and the formation of European identities. The latter three projects have included research on migrants of Polish origin. Svašek is also co-director of the Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network (CDEN) that aims to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching on themes that deal with emotional dynamics. 

Dr Aga Szewczyk

Research Associate
University of the West of England
PhD title: 'Stepping-stone migration. Polish graduates in England'. My research interests are focused on migration and mobility of Polish graduates who arrived in the UK after European Union enlargement in 2004, and stayed in the East Midlands region. I explore not only their motivations for migration, but also willingness and reasons for entering higher education or further education in the UK, and how they negotiate their skills advancement in the UK. The research embraces graduates' opinions on experienced higher education systems: Polish and English, and provides an insight on their skills and knowledge acquisition at both. In addition, the research includes graduates' feelings of home and belonging, and reasons for consideration of a British citizenship. Furthermore, their perception on belonging to a special Polish generation is being explored, including their stance towards other Polish graduate migrants in the UK. Overall, the study aims to bring an understanding of the ways graduates manage temporariness and future in terms of their personal life, career, mobility and settlement.

Blog about graduate migration and career development in the UK

Dr Agnieszka Trąbka

Institute of Applied Psychology
Jagiellonian University
Ul. Łojasiewicza 4
30-348 Kraków

Agnieszka Trąbka is a migration researcher with a background in sociology and psychology. Since 2014 she has been working in the Institute of Applied Psychology at Jagiellonian University. In 2018 she also joined the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw as a researcher in the project “CEEYouth: The comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit” and “MIMY: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions” (Horizon 2020). Her research interests encompass migration and mobility studies, psychology of place, identity research and qualitative research methods. She is assistant editor of the journal Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny (Migration Studies – Review of Polish Diaspora) and a member of the Committee on Migration Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Dr Paulina Trevena

Affiliate Researcher
Urban Studies
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
25 Bute Gardens|Glasgow|G12 8RS

E-mail: Paulina.Trevena@glasgow.ac.uk

Paulina Trevena is a sociologist and a qualitative researcher. She specialises in Polish and Eastern European migration to the UK, with a focus on everyday life experiences, social and occupational mobility, spatial mobility, living and working conditions, education, mental health and well-being, and integration. She also has a particular interest in the links between migration and place. She has worked with universities, charities and governmental agencies and has published extensively in the field of international migration (as well as other fields, including public health). Paulina recently worked on the ‘Health, social, economic and cultural impacts of COVID-19 on migrant essential workers in the UK’ project (https://migrantessentialworkers.com/en/).

Michal Tuchowski

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Cardiff University

E-mail: TuchowskiM@cardiff.ac.uk


Michal's 2021 M.Phil at Cardiff University was titled 'Ethnic media in the age of migration. The role of the Polish ethnic media in the process of social integration of Poles in the United Kingdom after May 2004 – media producers’ perspective’. His abstract reads as follows:

"My MPhil thesis examines Polish diasporic media's role in the United Kingdom after Poland joined the European Union in May 2004. It focuses upon the process of social integration of the Polish migrant community, critically exploring if, and to what extent Polish diasporic media help Polish migrants to adapt socially, culturally politically and economically within the host society. The public policy context for the research is important: a time when consecutive British governments advocated a retreat from 'multiculturalism' and a renewed public policy of 'social integration'. The research investigates the relationship between ethnic media and public policy, critically exploring how this shift may have influenced the role played by ethnic media in migrants' integration. The investigation begins with critical discussion of theories of ethnic media and social integration. It argues that diasporic media has integrative potential and can play an important role in migrants' social integration, especially within culturally diverse societies such as Britain. The empirical research offers an in-depth investigation of Polish media producers' ideas, beliefs, and attitudes, employing the research method of semi-structured interviews with journalists and media producers about the strategic aims of their journalism, their practices, the opportunities and pressures upon Polish ethnic media. The approach allows for a multifaceted analysis considering the complex correlations between migrant life, ethnic media and social integration. The research highlights some key areas where Polish diasporic media in the UK play an insufficient role in social integration. The research questions whether Polish ethnic media may encourage migrants to live within a closed world of diaspora and highlights how a lack of cooperation between UK governmental institutions (central and local) and diasporic media may negatively influence social integration. The thesis concludes that whilst the social integration role of Polish diasporic media should be rethought and enhanced by media producers. There is also an opportunity for UK public institutions to (re)discover ethnic media as valuable partners in building a socially integrated multicultural society in contemporary Britain."
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Professor Dirk Uffelmann
Chair of East and West Slavic Literatures
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Fachbereich 05 - Institut für Slavistik
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10 D - 35394 Gießen
Tel. +49/641/99-31186, Fax: +49/641/99-31169

Dirk Uffelmann investigates Polish migrants’ literature and culture from a postcolonial perspective. Together with Joanna Rostek, he has edited a conference volume on Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture and Literature in Germany, Ireland, and the UK (Peter Lang, 2011). With Joanna Rostek, Dirk organised an international conference on Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture in Germany, Ireland, and the UK (University of Passau, Germany, 15.-18.01.2009): 

Dr. Micheline van Riemsdijk
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of Tennessee
E-mail: vanriems@utk.edu

Micheline van Riemsdijk’s research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of skilled labor, and the restructuring of skilled labor markets. She is especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international skilled migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed. Micheline has conducted research on the working experiences of Polish nurses in Norway and the ways in which neoliberal reforms in elder care have affected these nurses. She has also examined the valuation of skills of Polish nurses, and difficulties with the mutual recognition of Polish nursing qualifications in the European Union. More information about Micheline’s research can be found on this web site: http://www.skilledmigration.net

Dr Louise Waite
Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel +44 (0)113 343 3367
Email: l.waite@leeds.ac.uk
Website: www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/l.waite

For information on the Participatory Geographies Working Group(PYGYWG), please visit:

Louise Waite has research interests in migration, vulnerability and ideas of integration and belonging in multicultural contexts. Her latest two research projects have focused on 'encounters' between A8 migrants and established communities in the north of England, and diasporia belongings among African migrants in Yorkshire & Humber.

Dr Bartlomiej Walczak
Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Social Sciences
University of Warsaw
ul. Nowy Swiat 69
00-927 Warsaw, Poland
E-mail: b.walczak@uw.edu.pl

Research interests: methodology and epistemology of social sciences, sociology of the family, migration and its implications on school and family, the history of field research in anthropology and of American anthropology, yanomamology.

Claire Wallace
Professor of Sociology
School of Social Science
King's College
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3QY
E-mail: Claire.wallace@abdn.ac.uk

Claire Wallace has been researching East-West migration for the last ten years and is author of the book Patterns of Migration in Central Europe (2001). She is University of Aberdeen Team Leader for the ENRI-East project. ENRI-East (European, National and Regional Identities on the European Borderland) is an FP7 project with 11 partner teams from 7 EU and 3 CIS countries. It is co-ordinated in Vienna by the Institute for Advanced Studies. The project looks at the changing situation of minority groups that straddle the new EU borders. Some of these are Polish minorities and we are looking at Polish minorities in Lithuania, in Ukraine and in Belarus (as well as Ukrainians and Lithuanians in Poland). We are also exploring minority groups in Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia, Germany and Kaliningrad. The investigation takes the form of a survey of minority groups, biographical interviews with different generations of people and expert interviews. The research looks at historical memories of the minority groups, their relationship with the mother country and their relationships with the host country. Additionally there is a survey of musical identities in Lithuania and Hungary. The project ends in September 2011.

Professor Anne White
Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.
Webpage: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/anne-white

In 2011 I completed a British Academy funded project, 'Family Migration as a Livelihood Strategy in Contemporary Poland', which led to a number of articles and a monograph, Polish Families and Migration since EU Accession, updated with an additional chapter in 2017. My next project, ‘Double Return Migration’, was based on interviews in Poland and the UK. Interviews in Poland discussed the re-integration of return migrants, particularly their adaptation to the Polish labour market. Interviews in the UK explored the motives of ‘double return migrants’: people who had worked temporarily in the UK; decided to return and settle down in Poland; but finally gave up and came back the UK. My 2013 project investigated the links between long-term unemployment, poverty and migration, and was based on fieldwork in Grajewo and Limanowa (funded by the Polish Research Centre of the Jagiellonian University in London). My 2018 book, The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change, was co-authored with Izabela Grabowska, Paweł Kaczmarczyk and Krystyna Slany. It incorporated findings from all my projects but especially my 2015-6 fieldwork on migration and social change in Polish cities. My next project, 'Invisible Poles', with Kinga Goodwin, investigated how some British and Irish people with Polish roots have become more consciously Polish, or Polish in new ways, since the post-2004 influx of Poles from Poland. My current project, 'Poland as a Country of Immigration and Emigration', explores Poland's intersecting identities, based on fieldwork in three medium-sized cities, Płock, Kalisz and Piła. In January-June 2022 my research was funded by NAWA, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, and hosted by the Centre for Migration Studies (CeBaM) at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.


Professor James Wickham

Director, Employment Research Centre
Department of Sociology
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland
E-mail: jwickham@tcd.ie
Website: www.tcd.ie/erc

I have recently completed a three year project on Polish migrants in the Irish labour market, ‘Migrant Careers and Aspirations’. The core of the project was a qualitative panel study: using repeated interviews we tracked a small sample of Polish migrants for several years after they had begun work in Dublin. A book based on the research will be published by Manchester University Press. This research brings together my two interests: firstly the intersection of mobility and employment (ranging from business air travel to commuting) and secondly the social impact of the European Union’s political structures.

Dr Sara Young
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL.
Email: sara.young@ucl.ac.uk

My research sits at the intersection of migration, applied linguistics and education. I focus on the relationship between language and identity, and how this is negotiated by Poles in the UK, especially in the context of Brexit and dominant discourses surrounding EU migrants. I am also interested in bi/multilingual practices and identity construction, and how these practices may be at play in different spaces. I recently completed a Covid-19 related project with Anne White which explored the impact of the lockdown on Polish Saturday Schools in the UK, and the subsequent impact on Polish heritage language learning.