Teaching Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences
Elena Genova joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy as a Teaching Associate in Sociology in September 2017. Shortly before that she completed her PhD on young Bulgarian highly skilled migrants in the UK at the same School. She was also previously a seminar tutor in sociology, teaching on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Elena has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Leicester on an international collaborative project on forced migrant women (asylum seekers and refugees) and their experiences of housing and healthcare support in Leicester. She has also a very rich experience as volunteer adviser, supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Nottinghamshire with advise on housing, education and benefits. Elena has also carried out a mixed-method research project for Belong Nottingham on Barriers to Employment for African migrants and refugees in Nottingham. She also won the 2015 Best Postgraduate Research Paper, awarded by the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Elena holds BA degree in Political Science from the St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University in Bulgaria and a MA degree in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights with Distinction from the University of Nottingham.
Elena's teaching interests closely reflect and are informed by her research activity and educational background. These include: theories on late/liquid/post modernity, identities, belonging, intra-EU… read more
Elena has recently completed her PhD research. Her thesis Migration and the 'Children of the Transition': Unravelling the Experiences of Young Highly Skilled Bulgarians in the UK focused on both… read more
Elena's teaching interests closely reflect and are informed by her research activity and educational background. These include: theories on late/liquid/post modernity, identities, belonging, intra-EU mobility, highly skilled migration, policies and provision in relation to asylum seekers and refugees, EU citizenship, etc.
Elena has taught for several years at the School of Sociology and Social Policy on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate module as a seminar tutor before joining as a full-time member of staff.
Understanding Contemporary Society (All year)
Global Studies and Human Rights (Autumn Semester)
Investigating Social Worlds (co-convening with Dr Sam Okyere, Spring Semester)
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory (All year)
Research Design and Practice (Spring Semester)
Dissertation group (All year)
Elena has recently completed her PhD research. Her thesis Migration and the 'Children of the Transition': Unravelling the Experiences of Young Highly Skilled Bulgarians in the UK focused on both university students and young professionals. More specifically, the research centred upon three key focal points: what happens before (the participants' migratory projects), during (adjustment and reactions to othering discourses) and after (implications upon identities and sense of belonging) migration.
Elena is also currently researching the asylum-seeking process, paying particular attention to the gender dimension. She is looking at the experiences of asylum-seeking and refugee women to housing and heathcare support on a national, regional and local (Leicester) level.
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1366-268X
Elena had previously conducted a mixed-method study on the barriers to employment that African migrants face in Nottingham.
Elena is planning on investigating the implications that Brexit might have upon the migratory experiences of A15, A8 and A2 nationals in the UK.