Affiliated with the Center for Policy Studies as a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow in the Integration and International Migration: Pathways and Integration Policies (INTEGRIM). My research topic is on key issues related to Romanians and Turks working nightshifts in London. Since September 2013, I'm also a PhD student at Sociology and Social Anthropology Department, Central European University.
Honors and Awards
'Invisible Lives: Romanian Night Workers in London' - Short Documentary. Winner of the '2013 Roundtable Project' Award, Romanian Cultural Centre/Ratiu Family Foundation, London.
Global cities like London have an incessant rhythm of consumption that needs to be maintained around-the-clock. This short film shines a light on the invisible lives of people working at night whilst the majority sleep or enjoy the nocturnal life. Invisible Lives is a short documentary that explores the experiences of Romanians working at night in London. This film features night workers in the construction and hotelier industries, a sex worker on the street and a market trader. They share their stories that encapsulate the highs and lows of night work, from moments of danger to moments of tranquillity when night meets day. These people’s lives are hardened by threats from pimps and punters or from tiring 12-hour night shifts. The night workers’ experiences are revealed in snapshots through audio stories combined with a visual portrait of nocturnal London – a city that never sleeps.
Ambassador's Diploma [Diploma Ambasadorului]
Romanian Embassy in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
My research activity in the 'Seven Sisters Case Study' (Funded by the Junior Research Forum Grant, UCL) has been recognised by HE Dr Ion Jinga, the Romanian Ambassador in the UK and Northern Ireland who awarded me with the 'Ambassador's Diploma' for special contribution to the promotion of the integration of the Romanian Community in the UK.
The CEELBAS Internship Scheme Award
Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS)
The overall aims and objectives of the internship were set to cover two areas, policy and research. In terms of bringing out the voice of migrants to the policy makers the blog series aimed at highlighting the key issues that migrants are facing whilst surviving in the current harsh climate of economic decline. Throughout the three months, I have written extensive observational notes and reports, and attended and participated in round-table discussions with experts.
Junior Researcher Forum Grant
University College, London | European Institute
Europeanization of Nationals and Ethnic Minorities in European Space and Structures: A Comparison between the Romanian Roma in London and the Czech Roma in Bohemia
As part of this groups' study my role was to investigate how Europeanisation contributes to the everyday practices of Romanian Roma migrants seeking work in a particular location on Seven Sisters Road, north London. Aim was also to assess how the European integration process works in the everyday lives of Romanians of Roma ethnicity working and living in the UK.