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Laura Morosanu
Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology)
T: +44 (0)1273 678547


My main research interests are in the areas of migration and ethnicity, with a focus on migrants’ social relationships and socialisation practices. My doctoral thesis, Migrant Social Networks and the Contingent Role of Ethnicity, examined the social networks of Romanian migrants in London and the extent to which they are shaped by ethnicity. Instead of presuming or denying the salience of ethnicity, the study turned it into a question of empirical investigation, asking when and how, if at all, ethnicity matters in the networks of Romanians working in high- and low-skilled occupations alongside non-ethnic dimensions of their experience. The findings contribute to the migration scholarship by challenging assumptions about the centrality of ethnicity in migrants’ lives, and offering a more balanced account of ethnic and non-ethnic aspects of migrants’ everyday interactions. In addition, I was involved in an ESRC research project on East European migrant workers in the UK (led by Dr Jon Fox, University of Bristol), which explored how 'race' informs and is reinvented in the experience of East Europeans in Britain. Furthermore, I have been working for several years in education research, focusing on the areas of student support, international students, and students' experience of assessment and feedback.

I am now a member of the Sussex team working on the project 'Youth mobility: Maximising opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in EU' (YMOBILITY), led by Russell King (Geography) at Sussex, and coordinated by Sapienza University, Rome.

I would be happy to supervise students working in the areas of migration and ethnicity, social networks, transnationalism.

Current PhD students

Habon Abdulle (co-supervised with Ben Fincham)

Felicitas Burgi (co-supervised with Paul Statham)

Esra Demirkol (co-supervised with Gerard Delanty)

Caterina Mazzilli (co-supervised with Paul Statham)

Rachele Bezzini (co-supervised with Russell King)

Latest publications

Morosanu, L. (2017) 'Researching Migrants’ Diverse Social Relationships: From Ethnic to Cosmopolitan Sociability?', The Sociological Review, DOI: 10.1177/0038026117703905

Morosanu, L. (2016) 'Professional Bridges: Migrants' Ties with Natives and Occupational Advancement', Sociology, 50(2): 349-365

Fox, Jon E, Morosanu, L. and Szilassy, E. (2015) 'Denying Discrimination: Status, 'Race', and the Whitening of Britain's New Europeans', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(5): 729-748

Morosanu, L. (2015) 'Researching Coethnic Migrants: Privileges and Puzzles of "Insiderness"'. Special issue on 'Researcher, migrant, woman: Methodological implications of multiple positionalities in migration studies', Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(2), Art. 18

Morosanu, L. (2013) ‘“We All Eat the Same Bread”: The Roots and Limits of Cosmopolitan Bridging Ties Developed by Romanians in London’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(12): 2160-2181

Morosanu, L. and Fox, J. (2013) '"No Smoke without Fire": Coping with Stigmatised Migrant Identities', Ethnicities, 13(4): 438-456

Morosanu, L. (2013) ‘Between Fragmented Ties and “Soul Friendships”: Cross-Border Social Ties of Young Romanians in London’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(3): 353-372

Fox, J., Morosanu, L. and Szilassy, E. (2012) ‘The Racialization of the New European Migration to the UK’, Sociology, 46(4): 680-695