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 current research focuses on exploring issues around how citizenship is being practiced, lived and experienced by migrants. In particularly, I'm interested on exploring what citizenship means for migrants to define the boundaries for inclusion and explusion into citizentry.

I'm also working on exploring multi-dimensional experiences of uncertaintiy among EU citizens following Brexit. Recently, I've organised series of seminars focusing on 'Sociology of Brexit': https://sociobrexit.wordpress.com 

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research expertise is placed around two main themes:
• the process of refugee integration and settlement in Europe
• drivers, impacts and long-term trajectories of Central and Easter European Migration to the UK

Emilia has participated in number of international and national research projects including: 

  • Worldwide University Network - Negotiating transition to a ‘grown up world’: the journey to sexual and reproductive health for unaccompanied adolescent asylum seekers.
  • Examining the drivers, impacts and long-term trajectories of Polish migration a decade after accession (ESRC funded prefect) Centre for population Change, University of Southampton 
  • Mental health and Psychosocial Support Network (www.mhpss.net) Global Host for Refugee Integration
  • Intergenerational learning in Polish migrant families in Scotland’(funded by Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice), University of Strathclyde
  • My Home Abroad. Life experience of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland (ERSC funded project),University of Strathclyde
  • Living Together: MyGrant Cities (project developed in co- operation with the British Council and The Institute of Public Affairs) University of Strathclyde

Desired research direction

In the future I would like to focus on developing a framework to investigate the citizenship in the context of migration 

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)

Sep 2011Mar 2013

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde

Sep 2007Jun 2012

Research Assistant , University of Warsaw

Jan 2007Aug 2007


  • HM Sociology
  • migration
  • refugee studies
  • citizenship
  • ethnic minorities


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