Migration and Mobility

This research group brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers. Having grown initially from a group within Central and East European studies it now includes researchers in Sociology, Modern Languages and Cultures, Urban Studies and Human Geography. As a group we explore migration and mobility in socialist and post-socialist contexts and beyond. We are concerned with both contemporary and historical aspects of migration within and between countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union and between these countries and the wider world.

The group brings together researchers who are interested in the ways in which migration intersects with other processes of transformation and how migration is experienced by and impacts upon people (both those who move and those who do not) and places. Research within this group is primarily qualitative, prioritising migrant perspectives, and often involves development of participatory initiatives and forms of community engagement and/or knowledge exchange for policy and practice. 

For any queries, please contact the convenors, Sara Bernard (Sara.Bernard@glasgow.ac.uk) and Nina Ivashinenko (Nina.Ivashinenko@glasgow.ac.uk).



Research within the group can be captured by the following core themes:

  1. Processes of emigration, return migration and settlement: migrant and host/home community experiences
  2. Transnational and diasporic perspectives on identity: race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in individual and collective experiences of migrants’ life
  3. The politics of migration, mobility and refugee: investigations into migration policies and patterns
  4. Interfaces between research, policy and practice: local, regional, national approaches.

Programme of Activity

The group organises regular cluster meetings (normally on the last Thursday of each month during the teaching semester) where members discuss readings, offer peer support for developing publications and funding applications, propose joint initiatives etc.

This programme of regular activity provides a stimulating forum for researchers at all stages of their careers to develop research ideas and initiatives, to share best practice and access wider networks of researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in this field. Our research workshops attract participants from beyond UoG, including international partners, and have led to joint publications. Knowledge exchange activities engage with the general public as well as with policy makers and practitioners.

Events promoted by the Migration & Mobility Research group

Research Workshop – June 2021: Labour Migration in the Cold War and beyond: new questions, methods and sources 

Research Workshops – July 2017: Participatory Action Research and Community Engagement Workshop 

Writing Retreats; December 2018 residential writing retreat - Ross Priory; May 2018 non-residential writing retreat - Centre for Contemporary Arts 

Knowledge Exchange Events and Activities. 30 September 2016 ‘Is Scotland Our Home?’ research station at Kelvingrove Museum 


  • Sara Bernard, University of Glasgow, Central and East European Studies (Co-convenor) 

  • Blair Biggar, University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing 

  • Kate Botterill, University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences 

  • Dobrochna Futro, University of Glasgow, School of Education 

  • Anna Gawlewicz, University of Glasgow, Urban Studies 

  • Elwira Grossman, University of Glasgow, Modern Languages and Cultures 

  • Fanni Gyurko, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School 

  • Matthew Heneghan, University of Glasgow, International Politics/Central and East European Studies 

  • Alistar Hunter, University of Glasgow, School of Social & Environmental Sustainability 

  • Nina Ivashinenko, University of Glasgow, Central and East European Studies (Co-convenor) 

  • Maria Izzo, University of Glasgow, Health and Social Policy/Central and East European Studies 

  • Olivia Maurer, University of Glasgow, Politics 

  • Elliot Napier, University of Glasgow, School of Social Sciences (Sociology/Central and East European Studies) 

  • Min Young Park, University of Glasgow, Politics/International Relations 

  • Mirna Solic, University of Glasgow, School of Modern Languages and Cultures 

  • Bozena Soljka, University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences 

  • Francesca Stella, University of Glasgow, Sociology 

  • Bria Angelle Trosclair, University of Glasgow (School of Education/Central and East European Studies) 

Associated Projects

  • Life after migration: opportunities and challenges for young Europeans in the UK after Brexit


    This research project explores the post-migration transitions and pathways for citizenship for European migrant youth (aged 16-26) in all four nations of the UK. We are interested in understanding how European young people are navigating life after migration and planning for the future, in the aftermath of the UK withdrawal from the EU and the Covid-19 Pandemic. (2022 – 2025)

  • PostCEE: Postdependence Geographies in Central & Eastern Europe


    A Regional Studies Association-funded research network set up with colleagues at the Cracow University of Economics (Poland) and the University of the Middlesex University (England) that connects researchers working on Central and Eastern Europe interested in postcolonial and decolonial perspectives in and on the region (2020 – 2023) – (the project’s edited volume on migration, race, and Central and Eastern Europe is forthcoming with Routledge).

  • Language learning and migrant 'integration' in Scotland: exploring infrastructure, provision and experience

    A British Academy funded project which explores the relationship between language learning and migrant ‘integration’, considering the importance of different stakeholders perspectives (learners, teachers, providers and policy-makers) and the ways in which learners’ needs and experiences are shaped by location, migrant status and/or gender.  (September 2019 – September 2022).

  • Health, Social, Economic & Cultural Impacts of Covid-19 on Migrant Essential Workers in the UK

    A UKRI/ESRC-funded project looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic affects migrant essential workers by focusing on Polish essential workers in the UK as a case study (2020 – 2023).

  • Living Together in the Context of Brexit: Migrant -‘host’ Encounters in the East End of Glasgow

    An Urban Studies Foundation-funded project which explores everyday encounters between Polish migrants and the long-settled population in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland (2017 – 2019). While the project is formally completed now, the results are being disseminated via journal articles, blogs and conference papers, and the project website is regularly updated.”

  • SSAMIS: Social Support and Migration in Scotland

    An ESRC- funded project to study perspectives and experiences of 'social security' amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland (Nov 2013 – Nov 2018).

  • Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State

    An AHRC-funded project, involving international comparative research on translation and interpretation at different kinds of border (2014 – 2017).

  • IMP: Intimate Migrations Project

    An ESRC-funded project, exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual migrants from Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland (Jan 2015 – Dec 2016).


PhD Projects


  • Exploring the socio-legal aspects of low-level corruption: A study of informal economic transactions of long-term local residents and migrants in Scotland and Hungary' (Fanni Gyurko)

  • Knitted National Identities: A cultural semiotic study of traditions of knitted textiles in Estonia and Shetland’ (Sophie Qiaoyun Peng)

  • Understanding 'lived citizenship': a study with EU Roma migrants (Blair Biggar)

  • Translanguaging art: Investigation into multilingual practices of contemporary artists and their implications for language pedagogy (Dobrochna Futro)

  • Language Preservation and Social Integration amongst Russian-Speaking Families in Scotland (Nina Ivashinenko)



  • Remittance Regimes: Migrational (inter)dependencies between Russia and Eurasia and their comparative effects on political and institutional development (Matthew Heneghan)
  • Who cares for the carers? Health and ageing among Ukrainian care workers in Italy (Maria Izzo)

  • Becoming a queer migrant in Kazakhstan (Elliot Napier)

  • Investigating Lifelong Learning via Community-led Expressions of Heritage: A Participatory. Action Research Approach with Roma Communities in Govanhill, Glasgow (Bria Angelle Trosclair)