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Elena Genova

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

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.

Teaching Summary

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

Research Summary

Elena is currently working together with Dr Elisabetta Zontini on a project called 'The settlement of migrant workers at times of nationalist revival: comparing the experiences of EU workers before… read more

Selected Publications

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, digital sociology,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. In 2017/18 she also co-convened the Year 1 core module Investigating Social Worlds and supervised a group of students who successfully completed their undergraduate dissertations.

Current teaching:

Year 2

#Sociology: Identity, Self and Others in a Digital Age (Convenor and seminar tutor/ elective module/ Autumn Semester)

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory (Seminar tutor/ core module/ All year )

Social Research and Community Engagement (Module convenor/ elective module/ Spring Semester)

Research Design and Practice (Workshop leader/ core module/ Spring Semester)

Year 3

Migration and Transnationalism (Module convenor and seminar tutor /elective module/ Autumn semester)

Current Research

Elena is currently working together with Dr Elisabetta Zontini on a project called 'The settlement of migrant workers at times of nationalist revival: comparing the experiences of EU workers before and after Brexit'. This project is a comparative study between 'old' (Italian) and 'new' (Bulgarian) EU migrants and their experiences of living and working in the UK.

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1366-268X

Past Research

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 has also researched the asylum-seeking process, paying particular attention to the gender dimension. She was looking at the experiences of asylum-seeking and refugee women of housing and healthcare support on a national, regional and local (Leicester) level.

Elena has also completed a mixed-method study on the barriers to employment that African migrants face in Nottingham, commissioned by Belong Nottingham. .

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