Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

Paisley Campus
Tel 0140 848 3797
Emilia

Biography

I joined the University of the West of Scotland in December 2014 as Lecturer of Sociology and Social Policy. Prior to this post I worked as Research Fellow at Centre for Population Change at University of Southampton and University of Strathclyde.

  • Qualifications
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    1st degree(s): 

    Master in Social Policy, University of Warsaw, 2007

    Higher degree(s):

    MSc in Migration and Refugee Studies, University of Strathclyde, 2008
    MPhil in Sociology, University of Strathclyde, 2008
    PhD, University of Strathclyde, 2014

  • Teaching Interests
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    Refugee and Migration Studies
    Research Methods (Qualitative)
    Human Rights / Social Justice
  • Research Interests
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    My research interest is centered on exploring complexities of integration and migrants’ settlement processes from a multidisciplinary and policy-focused perspective. More specifically, my research experience is placed around two main themes:
    • the process of refugee integration and settlement in Europe
    • drivers, impacts and long-term trajectories of Central and Easter European Migration to the UK
    My interest in the process of integration and settlement unfolded into participation in numerous projects including:
    Examining the drivers, impacts and long-term trajectories of Polish migration a decade after accession (ESRC funded prefect) Centre for population Change, University of Southampton
    Refugees’ integration into their professions: experiences of refugee doctors and teachers in the UK. PhD project funded by University of Strathclyde
    Intergenerational learning in Polish migrant families in Scotland’(funded by Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice), University of Strathclyde
    My Home Abroad. Life experience of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland (ERSC funded project),University of Strathclyde
    Living Together: MyGrant Cities (project developed in co- operation with the British Council and The Institute of Public Affairs) University of Strathclyde


  • Research activity output book
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    Pietka, E., Canton, N. and Clark, C.(2013) 'I know that I have a University Diploma and I'm working as a driver': defining the EU post-enlargement movement of highly skilled Polish migrant workers to Glasgow, Scotland', in B. Glorius and I. Grabowska-Lusinska (eds.) Mobility in Transition. Migration patterns after EU enlargement, Amsterdam: IMISCOE

  • Research activity output chapters
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    Ratkovic, S., Pietka-Nykaza E. (in press) Forced Migration and Education. Refugee Women Teachers’ Trajectories in Canada and UK, in Diversifying the Teaching Force in Transnational Contexts: Critical Perspectives, ed. Schmidt C. and Schneider J, Sense Publication

    Pietka, E., Canton, N. and Clark, C.(2013) 'I know that I have a University Diploma and I'm working as a driver': defining the EU post-enlargement movement of highly skilled Polish migrant workers to Glasgow, Scotland', in B. Glorius and I. Grabowska-Lusinska (eds.) Mobility in Transition. Migration patterns after EU enlargement, Amsterdam: IMISCOE

  • Research activity output journals
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    Pietka-Nykaza E. (2015) “I want to do anything, which is decent, and relates to my profession”: Refugee doctors’ and teachers’ strategies of re-entering their professions in the UK, Journal of Refugee Studies, doi: 10.1093/jrs/fev008

    Pietka-Nykaza, E. McGhee, D (2015), Stakeholder citizenship: Complexities of Polish Migrants citizenship attachments in the context of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Citizenship Studies, doi: 10.1080/13621025.2015.1054789

    Sime, D., Pietka-Nykaza, E. (2015), 'Transnational intergenerationalities: cultural learning in Polish migrant families and its implications for pedagogy, Language and Intercultural Communication, 15 (2), pp 208-223
    Fasetta, G., Pietka-Nykaza, E., Smyth, G. (2014) Cultural Diversity in Popular Culture – a case study from a school based television drama, International Journal of Education for Diversity, Vol 3,101-118

    McGhee, D., Pietka-Nykaza, E. (2014) Polish migrants in Scotland, Ziegler, R., Shaw, J., and Bauböck, R., (eds), Independence Referendums: Who Should Vote and Who Should be Offered Citizenship? EUDO Citizenship Observatory, European University Insitute, Available at:
    Pietka, E. (2011), Encountering Forms of co-ethnic relations among Polish community in Glasgow, Studia migracyjne - Przeglad Polonijny, Vol. 37, No 1 (139), pp. 129-151

     Research Reports:

    Pietka-Nykaza, E., McGhee, D. (2014) Polish migrants in Scotland: voting behaviours and engagement in the Scottish independence referendum, Central for Population Change Briefing Paper 20
    Pietka, E., Parnez, T., Rawcliffe, S. (2013), Strengthening food work across ethnic minority communities: A focus on maternal and infant nutrition, BEMIS in partnership with Community Food and Health (Scotland)
    Pietka, E., Parnez, T., Palladino, M., Hendry M.,(2011),Gypsy/Travellers in Contemporary Scotland. The 2001 Inquiry into Gypsy/Travellers and Public Sector Policies: Ten Years on, BEMIS
    Quinn, N., Shirjeel, S., Siebelt, L., Donnelly R., Pietka, E. (2011) An evaluation of the Sanctuary Community Conversation Programme to address mental health stigma with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow, Mental Health Foundation, NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow
    Pietka, E. (2011) Annotated Bibliography: Literature Review, April 2009 - December 2010, Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow
    Sime, D., Fox, R., Pietka, E., (2010), ‘At Home Abroad: The life experiences of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland, Summary report’, University of Strathclyde
    Clark, C., Canton, N. and Pietka, E. (2008) 'The Thing Is That We Haven't Come Here For Holidays': The Experiences Of New Migrant Communities From Central And Eastern Europe Who Are Living And Working In Glasgow, Edinburgh/London: British Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research
    Fihel, A., Pietka, E., (2007) Performance of the Polish migrants at the British labour market, Centre of Migration Research (CMR), CMR Working Paper, No 23/81, University of Warsaw


     


     

  • Research activity output conference presentations
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    Annual Conference of Canadian Association for Forced Migration Studies: Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration Toronto, May 2015. Ttitle of presentation: Refugees’ Integration into their Professions: Experiences of Refugee Doctors and Teachers in the UK

    Annual British Sociology Association: Societies in Transition Progression or Regression Glasgow, April 2015. Title of presentation: Poles and the Scottish Independence Referendum: denizens’ perspective

    International Metropolis Conference, Milan, October 2014. Title of the papers:
    - ‘Polish migrants’ engagement in the Scottish Independence Referendum’
    - ‘Narratives of refugeeness: Refugee integration into the profession in the UK’
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    International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) Annual Conference, Madrid August 2014. Title of the paper: ‘I would like to do things”: Refugee doctors’ and teachers’ strategies of re-entering their professions in the UK’
    Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, May 2014. Title of the paper: ‘Reconstruction and negotiation of refugee teachers’ professional role and identity’
    Fourth Annual Conference on Learner Identity: Identity – State – Education, EdgeHill University, July 2012. Title of the paper: ‘When I came here they told me that I can’t teach”. Professional identities of refugee teachers in Scotland’
    European Education Research Association Annual Conference, Berlin September 2011. Title of the papers:
    - ‘Intergenerational learning in migrant families. Polish families in Glasgow’
    - ‘MyHome Abroad: Eastern European children’s views of life after migration’

    International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), Annual Conference, Budapest, June 2007. Title of the paper: 'I know that I have a University Diploma and I'm working as a driver': defining the EU post-enlargement movement of highly skilled Polish migrant workers to Glasgow, Scotland'

  • Research activity output source of funding
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    2015 - Worldwide University Network. Award £20,000 towards to development of a global network focused on generating effective, evidence based policy and practice guidance that support unaccompanied child and adolescent asylum seekers (UAS) as they negotiate age related life transitions in relation to their sexual and reproductive health in asylum and settlement countries.
    2013: University of Strathclyde Education Excellence Fund. Award £4200 toward development of the online learning guide on research methods
    2011: Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice. Award of £7500 to conduct a scoping study investigating intergenerational learning in Polish transnational families
  • Membership of Research Groups / Centres / Institutes
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    Since January 2013, I have been involved in building an online community of practice for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (www.mhpss.net ) in refugee resettlement and integration across the Europe. This global network that aims to provide a platform for connecting people and organisations to share resources and build knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship.
  • Consultancy Interests
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    My main consultancy interests centre on following themes: EU migration, social networks, family migration, migrant children, migrants’ social and occupation mobility, refugee integration, settlement and human rights. 
  • Consultancy Project Details
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    2011 - Scottish Refugee Council – Refugee Integration in Scotland. Member of the Advisory Group for Scottish Refugee Council’s three years research project looking at the process of integration of refugee and asylum seekers in Scotland.

    2011 - Mental Health Foundation. Research project looking at the mental health and stigma amongst refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.

  • Useful information
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    Twitter: @EmiliaPN