Negotiations of social security welfare and risk amongst migrant populations from former socialist countries in Glasgow

ESRC CASE studentship in collaboration with Glasgow City Council (1+3 years): Ref ES/G040435/1
September 2009-September 2013.
Studentship awarded to Taulant Guma

The PhD research will complement and further existing local studies of migration to Scotland and interactions between migrants and key service providers by focusing specifically on issues concerning social security and welfare provision. It will explore the complex ways in which migrants from Central and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union residing in and around Glasgow manage uncertainties and construct securities with respect to daily welfare concerns. In particular, attention will be paid to the diversity of migrants and their needs and the relevance of experiences and practices from their cultures and countries of origin, in order to shed light on the ways in which social security can best be achieved for both migrant and host communities.

Taulant Guma will be based in the Department of Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow and at Glasgow City Council. The PhD will be co-supervised by Prof Rebecca Kay and Dr Moya Flynn (University of Glasgow) and by Ms Dawn Corbett and Ms Edelweisse Thornley (Glasgow City Council).

The first year of the award September 2009-10 will be spent studying for the research training masters (MRes) in Russian, Central and East European Studies.