Agnieszka is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She is a sociologist with research interests at the intersection of legal and migration studies. She joined the Centre from the International Migration Institute where she was working on migrants’ (third country nationals) everyday experiences of immigration law in the EU context.

Agnieszka received her DPhil from the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies for a thesis entitled: ‘Socio-Legal Integration of Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom’ (2010). Her doctorate explored the socio-legal aspects of Polish migrants’ relationship with the British legal system during the transition period upon the 2004 Enlargement of EU, and has been published as a monograph with Ashgate/ Routledge (2012).

Agnieszka's current research project: Migration law in practice – a comparative perspective maps migrants' and refugees' experiences of the legal environment in Russia thereby advancing new theoretical perspectives on the interplay between migration governance and migrants as agents responding to the new socio-legal environment. The project uses the case of Russia, the second largest destination for migrants worldwide, to offer new approaches to studying socio-legal dimensions of migrations globally, beyond the European and American experiences, drawing upon ideas from law and society and migration studies.

Agnieszka teaches political sociology (PPE, Harris Manchester) and socio-legal approaches to migration (MSc in Migration Studies, SAME-ODID). In 2012 she received a Teaching Excellence Award  in recognition of her outstanding contribution towards teaching on the MSc in Migration Studies. She is a member of SLSA and Migration Law network. In 2016 she was a Visting Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.



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Sociology of Law; Socio-legal approaches to migration; Semi-legality, legal production of migrant illegality; Migrants’ relationship with law; Legal Consciousness, Legal Culture; Rights-citizenship nexus; Access to justice in development contexts;

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