Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Emily Webb

An Exploration into the Ethnic Mobilisation of Romani communities in the UK.

This research aims to understand and explore the ethnic mobilisation of Romani communities in the UK, focussing specifically on the search for a "we" amongst  previously disconnected Romani communities, who have been brought together by migration. It will explore the development of a Romani politics in the UK, the forms this takes, and the ways in which community members understand and engage with politics and activism.

Background

I was awarded a BA (hons) degree in Sociology at the University of Leeds in 2011. I continued my studies at Leeds and graduated with a MA in Social Research in 2013.

My MA dissertation took a participatory approach and I was honoured to be guided through this piece of research by an advisory panel, made up of six individuals from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Together we co-authored a research report – Our Lives, Our Fight, Our Third Sector: a service user report – which explored the service provision of Gypsy and Traveller organisations from the perspective of service users.

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