Emilia Pietka-Nykaza

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PhD projects

refugee integration; Post EU-enlargement migration to the UK, community development

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Personal profile


My current research and academic experience is located within the broad field of refugee and migration studies. I have a specialist interest in the theme of integration and migrants’ settlement practices from a multidisciplinary and policy- focused perspective. 

Current research activities

My research experience and expertise span across themes of citizenship rights, inclusion, integration and settlement practicies from a multidisciplinary and policy- focused perspective that align strongly with the UN SDG of ‘reduced inequalities’

I'm currently working on the project funded by Carnegie Trust focusing on rural living and place making among migrant and non-migrant resident in rural Scotland: https://www.rurallivingscotland.com 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Over the last five years, my research span across two general themes concerning 1 – access to citizenship rights in the context of ‘superdiversity’ and 2 - integration and migrants’ settlement practices from a multidisciplinary and policy- focused perspective. The following outlines the five-year years track records of funded research project:

  1. April 2022 – March 2023: Project Investigator: “Refugee integration in Scotland, long-term perspective”, The Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop Grant (Value £9,601). The proposed workshops bring together scholars, practitioners and refugee-lead groups to co-produce research proposal on refugee staying and integration in a longer-term perspective along with co-developed research and policy briefs.


  1. May 2021- 2022: Project Investigator: “Rural Living and Place Making among Migrant and Non-Migrant communities in Scotland”, Carnegie Trust (Value £13,696). This research project captures the experiences of diverse rural stayers (both migrants and non-migrants) living in the Inner Moray Firth area of the Scottish Highlands.  The project findings provide insights into factors contributing and hindering of the process of staying among diverse rural stayers and their contribution to rural community living.


  1. January 2020 – July 2021: Project Co-Investigator: ‘Empowering Women in protracted displacement in Nigeria: entrepreneurship, livelihoods and communities of resistance’, Global Challenge Research Found – Internal Funding (Value: £24, 680). This project aims to support women in protracted displacement in the (IDP) camp in Abuja namely, Sabon-Kuchingoro through engagement in participatory research and training to strengthen their leadership and entrepreneurship behaviours.


  1. September 2016 – 2019: Project Co-Investigator: ‘Advanced Learning and Inclusive Environment (ALIEN) for Higher Education through greater knowledge and understanding of migration flows in Europe. ERASMUS + Programme, European Commission (Value: £81,548). This project aims to develop interdisciplinary teaching tools and methods in the field of migration studies.


  1. March 2016 – 2017: Project Co-Investigator: “Sociology of Brexit: citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership. Sociological Review Foundation (Value: £5,836). This seminar series aim to provide the platform for knowledge exchange on impact of Brexit on citizenship rights, sense of belonging and mobility.

Desired research direction

In the future I would like to focus on focusing on impact of migration-lead diversities on changing rural communities in Scotland as well as Western countries.  

Target collaborative organisations

Refugee Council, British Cross, Centre for Populaiton Change 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

refugee integration and settlement, EU migration, methodologies in researching migration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Mar 2014Nov 2014

Research and Policy Officer, BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure for Scotland)

Sept 2011Mar 2013

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde

Sept 2007Jun 2012

Research Assistant , University of Warsaw

Jan 2007Aug 2007


  • HM Sociology
  • migration
  • refugee studies
  • citizenship
  • ethnic minorities
  • rural communities
  • settlement
  • Integration


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