Dr Anna Gawlewicz
- Research Associate (Urban Studies)
I currently wear two hats: I am an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and a Lecturer in Geography at the Open University. My work is broadly concerned with the issues of international migration, social diversity/difference and wellbeing. I hold a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sheffield, UK and a combined BSc + MSc in International Relations and European Studies from the Cracow University of Economics, Poland.
I have worked extensively on research projects including, among others:
- the Living Together project funded by the Urban Studies Foundation (2017-2019) exploring encounters between Polish migrants and the long-settled population in the East End of Glasgow in the context of Brexit. In a wider perspective, this project looks at migrant-'host' encounters in rapidly changing urban areas and how institutional and political 'hostile environments' affect these encounters.
- the Intimate Migrations project funded by the ESRC and led by Dr Francesca Stella (2015-2017) looking at the experiences of LGBT migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in Scotland. In a wider perspective, this project focuses on the role of sexuality in decisions to migrate, LGBT migrants’ sense of belonging in home and host societies, and their social networks.
- the LiveDifference project funded by the ERC and led by Prof. Gill Valentine (2010-2014) investigating the nature of encounters with difference in two distinctive European contexts: the UK and Poland. As a PhD Candidate on the project, I explored how migration from Poland to the UK impacts on people’s values and attitudes towards difference in terms of ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, gender, age and disability.
My research interests include:
1) International migration
- Migration and the city: migrant city-making
- Migrant-‘host’ encounters/relations
- Brexit and hostile environments
- Social diversity: attitudes to/encounters with difference
- Transnational circulation of ideas: social remittances
- Migration and language: migrant language of difference
- Migration and sexuality: queer migration
- Post/decolonial approaches to researching migration
- Central and East European/Polish migration to the UK
- Mental health and employment
- Migration and mental health
3) Qualitative methodologies
- Translation in research methods
- Position/positionality of migrant researcher
- Reflexive and intersectional methodologies
Regional Studies Association Network Grant 'Postdependence Geographies in Central and Eastern Europe (PostCEE)' as Co-Organiser with Dr Kasia Narkowicz (University of Gloucestershire, England) and Dr Konrad Pędziwiatr (Cracow University of Economics, Poland). Duration: Jan 2020 - Jan 2023. Value of award: £10,000. Click for network website.
- URBAN5084: Global Cities 2017-2018 (with Prof. Nick Bailey and Dr Amparo Tarazona Vento)
- URBAN5093: Understanding Public Policy
- PUBPOL1011: Understanding Glasgow in a Globalised World
- URBAN4040: Making Public Policy
- SOCIO4107: Contemporary Migration in Global Perspective
- SOCIO4108: Migration, Multiculturalism and Belonging
Living Together project website: with details of my research on community relations, migration, Brexit and the East End of Glasgow
PostCEE network website: with details of the RSA-funded network that I started with Dr Kasia Narkowicz (University of Gloucestershire, England) and Dr Konrad Pędziwiatr (Cracow University of Economics, Poland) in 2020; the network connects researchers working on postcolonial and decolonial perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe
My personal Publons account: with details of my verified journal article reviews
Currently, I am a member of the Regional Studies Association. In previous years, I was also a member of the American Association of Geographers and the British Sociological Association.