Dr Anna Gawlewicz
- Research Associate (Urban Studies)
I am a Research Associate at the School of Social and Political Sciences and work around wellbeing, migration and social diversity/difference. I am an interdisciplinary scholar and 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.
Between 2017 and 2019, I worked on the Living Together project funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. The project focussed on social relations between Polish migrants and the long-settled population in the East End of Glasgow in the context of Brexit. In a wider perspective, I looked at rapidly changing urban areas and how institutional and political 'hostile environments' affect migrant-'host' encounters in these areas.
Between 2015 and 2017, I worked on an ESRC-funded project Intimate Migrations led by Dr Francesca Stella and Dr Moya Flynn. In this project, we looked at the experiences of LGBT migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in Scotland. In particular, we investigated the role of sexuality in decisions to migrate, LGBT migrants’ sense of belonging in home and host societies, and their social networks.
Before joining the University of Glasgow, I worked on my PhD project at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield respectively. In my PhD thesis, 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. As part of this, I also investigated how ideas about difference circulate between Poland and the UK. This study was part of an ERC-funded research programme LiveDifference led by Prof. Gill Valentine.
Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and investigated student migration within the historically and politically sensitive Polish-Ukrainian border region. I was also involved in researching media discourses of the European Union in Poland.
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
- Postcolonialism and postsocialism
- 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.