This project was conducted by Dr Anna Gawlewicz between 2017 & 2019.
As of 2021, Anna continues to publish key findings.
Anna is currently a Lecturer in Geography at Open University and a Lecturer in Public Policy and Research Methods 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’s work sits at the intersection of international migration and social diversity. She is interested in relations between migrant and ‘host’ populations; the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit on migrants’ everyday lives; migrants’ experiences of difference in diverse contexts; transnational circulation of ideas between migrants and their families and friends in sending societies; and migration from Central and Eastern Europe, in particular Poland, to the UK.
Alongside publishing findings from the Living Together project, Anna is currently co-leading the Migrant Essential Workers project funded by the ESRC/UKRI (PI: Prof. Sharon Wright). This project explores how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the everyday lives of migrant essential workers in the UK based on a case study of Polish migrants. Anna is also a co-organiser of the RSA-funded research network PostCEE connecting researchers working on postcolonial and decolonial perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe.
In the past, Anna worked on the ESRC-funded project Intimate Migrations looking at the experiences of LGBT migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in Scotland (PI: Dr Francesca Stella). Between 2010 and 2014, Anna worked on her PhD project as part of the ERC-funded research programme LiveDifference (PI: 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.
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)