I am thrilled to say that Carlos Estrada-Grajales (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and I are organising a conference session that directly speaks to the topic of the Living Together project! The session is titled Throwntogetherness in turbulent times: Diversity, Migration and the City and will explore issues around urban communities, multiculture, conviviality, the right to the city and migrant-‘host’ relations’. It will be part of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2019 taking place between 3 and 7 April 2019 in Washington DC. If you are interested in taking part, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Carlos and me by 12 October 2018. For more details and full call for papers click HERE.
A bit overdue, this is a round-up of fieldwork for the Living Together project. First and foremost, I wish to thank all research participants for their time and dedication, and for sharing East End stories. I am grateful to each and every one of you for making this research possible!
The fieldwork took 10 intense months between July 2017 and April 2018, and involved observing and speaking to people who live in the East End of Glasgow and work with East End communities. This included 10 expert interviews with representatives of East End-based organisations (e.g. community councils, community centres, housing associations, migrant organisations), and 40 interviews and one focus group with East End residents. The resident interviews were split equally between Polish nationals (20 interviews) and members of the long-settled population (20 interviews). While the long-settled participants were predominantly White Scottish, this group included also an Asian Scottish person, a few people originally coming from other parts of the UK (e.g. England), one Italian-British and one Irish person. The focus group involved EU nationals from five different countries. In total, I spoke to 56 people.
These respondents included 34 women and 22 men between the mid-20s and late 70s. They were diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion/belief, sexuality, class as well as attitudes towards Brexit. They also had different education levels and employment statuses (although the overall sample was skewed towards the better-educated and employed). A number of Polish nationals worked below their actual qualifications, which is reflective of deskilling among Polish migrants in Scotland. But, this group included also highly-skilled professionals, business owners and students. The respondents came from different neighbourhoods within the East End too: Bridgeton, Calton, Craigend, Cranhill, Dalmarnock (and the Commonwealth Village), Dennistoun, Parkhead, Royston, Ruchazie and Shettleston. However, around a half lived closer to the city centre, in Bridgeton, Calton or Dennistoun.
I have collected an extensive material as part of this fieldwork (e.g. interview data, fieldnotes, photographs, documents, press articles) and am excited about moving to the next stage of the research process now (data analysis). I am planning to publish a research report in the second half of 2019 alongside some more academic outputs (e.g. journal articles). Check out my twitter @AnnaGawlewicz for updates!
Fieldwork update: I have now finished interviewing Polish migrants in the East End of Glasgow, but am still looking for a few Scottish/British/other long-settled informants. I would like to speak to you if you are 18 or older and live in Bridgeton, Calton, Camlachie, Dalmarnock, Gallowgate, Parkhead, Shettleston and Tollcross. To ensure diversity of opinions, at this stage of the study I particularly seek people who voted to ‘Leave’ in the Brexit referendum. You can get in touch by filling this CONTACT FORM. I look forward to hearing from you!
I am looking for research participants in the East End of Glasgow to take part in the Living Together project. I would like to speak to you if you are 18 or over and are EITHER a long-settled resident of the East End OR a Polish national living in the East End. Participation in the study involves being interviewed and/or contributing to a focus group, and discussing your experiences of living in the East End; your encounters with other residents; your social networks; and feelings about migration and Brexit. Interviews/focus groups will be arranged at a time and place convenient for you. What you tell me will remain confidential and your identity will be carefully protected. To get involved, email me via the CONTACT FORM (in English or Polish). I look forward to hearing from you!
In the UK, research projects that involve human participants need to be reviewed by an adequate ethics committee. This process ensures compliance with good ethical practice and effective protection of the dignity, rights, privacy, health and safety of research participants as well as researchers. I am thrilled to say that Living Together has now been considered and approved by the College of Social Science Research Ethics Committee at the University of Glasgow. This means that I have been given the green light to conduct fieldwork with Polish migrants and the long-settled residents in the East End of Glasgow. I am looking forward to officially starting on 3 July 2017!
I am happy to say that the Living Together project started in March 2017 and will run until December 2019. As any research project, it will involve a few months of preparation before the fieldwork begins later this year. Check up this site for updates!