Researcher’s migration study wins European prize
A researcher at Sussex has won an international prize for her doctoral thesis about the children of Albanian migrants in Europe.
Dr Zana Vathi was chosen as the winner of the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) Maria Ioannis Baganha prize by a panel of experts.
Her winning dissertation 'The children of Albanian migrants in Europe: ethnic identity, transnational ties and pathways of integration’ was completed while she was a researcher in the Sussex Centre for Migration Studies between 2005 and 2012.
The annual prize, worth 2,500 Euros, is awarded for the best dissertation in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe. It was set up to commemorate Maria Baganha, a leading migration expert and a founding member of IMISCOE, who died in 2009.
Zana will present her thesis and accept the award at the ninth annual IMISCOE Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 28 August. In addition, her thesis will now be published as a book by Amsterdam University Press.
She began a new job last week (1 August) as Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, but retains a link to Sussex as a tutor in the International Summer School.
Zana is the second Sussex academic to win the prize since it was first awarded in 2010 (to Dr Julie Vullnetari).