Dr Paulina Trevena
- Research Associate (Central & East European Studies)
telephone: Office: 0141 330 8238
I am a linguist and sociologist. I initially studied English Language, Literature and Linguistics (MA, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland), trained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and worked in the sector for a few years. I then moved into sociology and first completed an MA degree in Politics and Society (CEU/Lancaster University), then embarked on doctoral studies in Social Sciences (Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences). I completed my PhD in 2010. My doctoral dissertation was an explorative, longitudinal qualitative case study of young Polish graduates working in low-skilled jobs in London.
I have worked on migration for over 10 years. I was initially based at the Centre of Migration Research (CMR), University of Warsaw, Poland, where I worked on a number of projects on migration from Poland to other EU countries. I then moved to the Centre for Population Change (CPC), University of Southampton, continuing to work on Polish migration. I am now based in Central and East European Studies (CEES), University of Glasgow, where I am working on a large, four-year ESRC funded research project exploring Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS, 2013-2017).
I have a broad interest in matters arising from international mobility for individuals and families, and especially the social aspects of migration. I like to explore how people find their feet in their new country, what sort of challenges they come across, how they manage settling in, how they find new friends, how they manage family life in a new context and whether they are happy with their decision to move or wish to return to their country of origin (and why this might not always be possible). Generally speaking, I am very much interested in all issues around ‘integration’.
I am also interested in migrants’ labour market positioning and occupational mobility, education and education systems, and personal wellbeing. Throughout my research career I have worked on many different themes within migration studies and these are reflected in the versatility of my publications.
I have also worked on a number of research themes outside the subject area of migration, e.g.
- childbearing and cohabitation (Project: ‘Non Marital Childbearing in Comparative Perspective: Trends, explanations and life course trajectories’, CPC, University of Southampton, Jan – May 2012)
- tuition fees and their impact on participation in Higher Education (Project: ‘Impact of increased tuition fees in England on the decision to participate in Higher Education: a study of Key Stage 4 and Year 12 pupils in the Southampton region’, University of Southampton, Southampton Education School, Oct-Dec 2012)
- the Polish construction sector(Project: ‘BNL: Study of the construction sector in Poland’, Fafo, Institute for Applied Social Science, Oslo, Dec 2006-Mar 2007)
Areas of research expertise
- international migration, education, employment;
- qualitative research methods;
- recruitment of hard-to-reach populations.
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
- designing, planning and implementing/managing qualitative research projects;
- designing survey questionnaires, training fieldworkers and co-ordinating data collection;
- sampling and recruitment of study participants, including hard-to-reach populations;
- conducting in-depth interviews, focus groups, walking interviews, observations;
- coding and analysing qualitative material;
- synthesising results from quantitative and qualitative data;
- writing research reports, research-based briefings and academic publications;
- presenting study results to a variety of audiences;
- team-working; excellent interpersonal skills;