This project was conducted by Dr Anna Gawlewicz between 2017 & 2019.
As of 2020, Anna continues to publish key findings.
Anna is a Lecturer in Geography at Open University and an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and holds 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.
Anna works around migration and social diversity/difference. She is interested in relations between migrant and ‘host’ populations; the impact of Brexit on migrants’ everyday lives; migrants’ experiences of difference in diverse contexts; transnational circulation of ideas between migrants and their significant others in sending societies; queer migration; and migration from Central and Eastern Europe, in particular Poland, to the UK.
In the past, Anna worked on an ESRC-funded project Intimate Migrations led by Dr Francesca Stella and Dr Moya Flynn. This project looked at the experiences of LGBT migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in Scotland. Between 2010 and 2014, Anna worked on her PhD project as part of an ERC-funded research programme LiveDifference led by Prof. Gill Valentine. In her PhD, Anna 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. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Anna worked at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark and looked at educational migration between Poland and Ukraine. She was also involved in a study of the media discourse of the European Union in Poland.
Anna’s writing includes (full publication list here):
- Do we need other ‘posts’ in migration studies? Polish migration to the UK through a postdependence lens. Area (2020), 52(3): 523-530. (open access)
- Beyond openness and prejudice: The consequences of migrant encounters with difference in Environment and Planning A (2016), 48(2): 256–272. (final author copy here)
Language and translation strategies in researching migrant experience of difference from the position of migrant researcher in Qualitative Research (2016), 16(1):27–42.
‘We Inspire Each Other, Subconsciously’: The Circulation of Attitudes towards Difference between Polish Migrants in the UK and their Significant Others in the Sending Society in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2015), 41(3):2215-2234. (final author copy here)
Production and Transnational Transfer of the Language of Difference: The Effects of Polish Migrants’ Encounters with Superdiversity in Central and Eastern European Migration Review (2015), 4(2): 25–42. (open access)
- Beyond ‘us’ and ‘them’: Migrant encounters with difference and reimagining the national in Fennia – International Journal of Geography (2015), 193(2): 198–211. (open access)