Research

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 contributed 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 worked for several years in education research, focusing on student support, international students, and students' experience of assessment and feedback. During my sabbatical in Spring 2016, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at GRITIM (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Research projects

Between 2015-2018, I was co-investigator of the Sussex team working on the Horizon 2020 funded project 'Youth Mobility: Maximising Opportunities for Individuals, Labour Markets and Regions in the EU' (YMOBILITY), led by Russell King (Geography) at Sussex, and coordinated by Sapienza University, Rome. I am currently developing (with Russell King and Aija Lulle) a co-authored book on young EU migrants in London, based on our YMOBILITY findings (under contract).

Another recent project on which I was co-investigator was 'One Year after the EU Referendum: Creating a New Dataset in the Mass Observation Project' (PI Dr Liz McDonnell), funded via the RDF scheme, University of Sussex.

I am now a member of the Sussex team on the Horizon 2020 funded project 'Transnational Figurations of Displacement: Connectivity and Mobility as Solutions to Protracted Refugee Situations' (TRAFIG), led by Nuno Ferreira (Law), and coordinated by BICC, Bonn (2019-2022).

I am also working as in-house Associate Editor for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and convene with June Edmunds and Aleks Lewicki the 'Ethnicity, Race, and Diverse Societies' Research Network based at the University of Sussex, which we founded in 2018.

In terms of research supervision, I would be happy to supervise students working in the areas of migration and ethnicity, social networks, transnationalism, youth mobility.

Current PhD students

Marie Tuley (co-supervised with Linda Morrice)

Esra Demirkol (co-supervised with Gerard Delanty)

Completed/defended PhD theses

Caterina Mazzilli (Migration Studies) Receptive Cities? Institutional Narratives of Migrants’ Integration and Migrants’ Own Perceptions of Receptiveness in Brighton and Bologna (co-supervised with Paul Statham)

Rachele Bezzini (Migration Studies) Boundary-making in an Immigrant Social Space: Albanian-Italian and Albanian-Romanian Couples in Italy (co-supervised with Russell King)

Habon Abdulle (Gender Studies) Somali Women and Political Participation: A Case Study of Diaspora in Minneapolis and London (co-supervised with Ben Fincham)

Latest journal articles

Morosanu, LauraKing, RussellLulle, Aija and Pratsinakis, Manolis (2019) '"One improves here every day": the occupational and learning journeys of "lower-skilled" European migrants in the London region'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1679411

Morosanu, Laura, Bulat, Alexandra, Mazzilli, Caterina and King, Russell (2018) 'Growing Up Abroad: Italian and Romanian Migrants’ Partial Transitions to Adulthood', Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1501505

Lulle, Aija, Morosanu, Laura and King, Russell (2018) 'And Then Came Brexit: Experiences and Future Plans of Young EU Migrants in the London Region', Population, Space and Place, 24(1): e2122

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

Other publications

King, R., Lulle, A., Morosanu, L. and Williams, A. (2016) International Youth Mobility and Life Transitions in Europe: Questions, Definitions, Typologies and Theoretical Approaches, Working Paper 86, University of Sussex: Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Morosanu, L. (2016) [Review] Catrin Lundström (2014) White Migrations: Gender, Whiteness and Privilege in Transnational Migration, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 23(2): 225-227

Morosanu, L. (2014) ‘Ethnicity Has Fluctuating Relevance in Romanian Migrants’ Discourses and Responses to Stigmatisation in the UK’, LSE Politics and Policy blog, 20 March