Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Cristina-Claudia Paraschivescu

Transnationalism as the Negotiation of Belonging. A Case Study of Romanians in London and Paris.

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This exploratory study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).

It aims to understand the relation between Romanians’ experience of transnationalism and their negotiation of belonging towards Romania and the host country in two socio-cultural contexts.


1) To establish what role the socio-cultural contexts play in Romanians experience of transnationalism.

2) To compare and contrast the differences in Romanians’ experiences of transnationalism in London and Paris.

3) To understand the relationship between the experience of transnationalism and the negotiation of belonging.

4) To understand Romanians’ attachment to and their acceptance and/or rejection of the country of origin and the host country.

5) To explore the role of social interactions in Romanians’ daily lives and how these may shape participants’ experience of transnationalism.

6) To provide new theoretical insights into the notion of transnationalism.


Teaching Activities

  • Social Welfare and Social Change – Teaching Assistant Level 1 (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Encounters with Discrimination. Romanians in London and Paris - Guest Lecture Level MA (University of Liège, Belgium)
  • Romanians' Transnationalism in London and Vancouver - Guest Instructor (New Step for African Society, Manchester, UK )


PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2013. Social Protection and Economic Security of North African Migrant Workers in France. The Romanian Journal of Sociology. 1-2 pp. 91-100

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2012, DREBY, J. Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children, 2010, University of California Press, Berkeley [Book review]. Journal of Social Research and Policy. 1(3), pp. 137-138

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2011. MARTIN, P., Importing Poverty? Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural America, 2009, Yale University Press [Book review]. Journal of Social Research and Policy. 2(2), pp. 121-122

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2011. How do the Romanians live the process of Transnationalism? Canada and the UK Compared. Romanian Sociology. 2(IX), pp. 28-50

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2011. How new technologies can be adapted and used to reach out to migrants. Bottomline. Spring/Summer, pp. 6

Conference Presentations

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. ‘Will that make me any whiter?’. The negotiation of whiteness amongst Romanian immigrants in London. ESRC Conference ‘Critical Diversities: Policies, Practices and Perspectives’, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, London. July 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Romanians in London. Whiteness in everyday encounters, University of Leeds, UK, April 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2013. Transnational Lives in Multicultural Frameworks. Romanians in London and Vancouver. Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers, NORFACE and CReAM. University College London, UK, April 2013

Invited Talks

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Mobilité en Europe. Forum Europe, Athis Mons, France, May 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2013. Invited talk: Living abroad. Migration in France and Britain. Highschool Varaždin (Gospodarska škola Varaždin), Croatia, November 2013

PARASCHIVESCU,C. 2011. How to Engage with Migrant Workers in the UK, Migrant Employment Rights, Manchester, UK. July 2011

Seminar, Workshops etc. Presentations

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Perspectives of Whiteness. Romanians in London and Paris. Brown Bag seminars, CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium, November 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Encounters with Whiteness in a Transnational Context. Romanians in London and Paris. Comparative migration and Memory (PhD course), University of Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Transnationalism as the negotiation of belonging. A case-study of  Romanians in London and Paris. Citizenship and Political Participation (Workshop), Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), the University of Liège, Belgium, June 2014

PARASCHIVESCU, C. 2014. Les immigrés roumains à Londres et à Paris: Le passeport ouest- européen comme instrument de pouvoir? Atelier Migrations (Workshop), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, May 2014

Academic Visits

September 2014 - August 2015. CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium. Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (INTEGRIM Network)

March - June 2014. Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme - Paris (TIC Migrations)

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