I have joined Aston University in September 2012 as a Research Associate in Politics and International Relations. I have come to Aston from the University of Bath were I completed my PhD in May 2012 and have held various undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and tutoring posts in Politics and Modern German Studies over the past years. My PhD comparatively explored mobility and integration processes of co-ethnic migrants from the Former Soviet Union in Western and Southern Europe, contrasting Greek and German minorities for the first time. In Aston I will continue to work in the field of comparative migration research.
Together with Professor Simon Green I will be working on a project entitled ‘The Political Challenge of Managing Migration in the UK and Germany’. By comparing migration policy making across its constituent sectors in both countries and investigating how governments have attempted to resolve often contradictory pressures over the past twenty years, this study seeks to develop an integrated framework for understanding the evolution of migration policy.
I have previously worked for the Goethe Institute and the International Centre for Technological Cooperation, both in Moscow, as well as the Ministry for Justice and European Affairs and University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany. I currently act as a referee for Europe-Asia Studies.