Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr. Roxana Barbulescu

University Academic Fellow in New Migrations in UK and Europe

Roxana joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in September 2016 as University Academic Fellow in New Migrations in UK and Europe. She received a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from European University Institute (Florence, Italy) in 2013 and completed an MA in at Jacobs University (Germany) in 2008. Roxana has completed her undergraduate studies in Craiova (Romania) and Bielefeld (Germany). Before joining the School, Roxana has been Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, the College of Europe (Natolin Campus) and, the University of Sheffield.

Roxana is the Co-director of Migration News and sits on the editorial board of Investment Migration Working Papers where she is Deputy-Editor. She is also a Country Expert for EUDO Citizenship Observatory, hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies, Florence.

Research Interests

Roxana’s research interests are comparative migrants’ rights regimes, immigrant integration and race relations, citizenship, freedom of movement in EU, attitudes towards immigrants and Roma people, unaccompanied minors and the sociology of human rights. Roxana is particularly interested in new and atypical migrations in UK and Europe.


I contribute to modules on migration, ethnicity, refugees and social policy at undergraduate and graduate level.

PhD Supervision

Roxana would be interested in supervising research students working on migration in Europe and UK, in particular projects examining tensions between, on one hand migrants rights, mobility regimes and access to citizenship and, on the other hand, immigration control in liberal democracy.

Key Publications

Journal articles

Media Contact Areas

  • Rights of EU citizens including access to social and political rights
  • ‘Integration’ of migrants, its cultural and social aspects
  • Migration policy
  • Central and Eastern European and Southern European migrants in Europe and UK.
  • Lived experiences of migration and mobilities
  • Migrant children
  • Investment migration
  • Naturalisation

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