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Dr Taulant Guma

TaulantGuma.jpgRole: Post-doctoral Research Associate 

Institution: Aberystwyth University 


I completed a PhD in Central and East European Studies in 2015 at the University of Glasgow as an ESRC CASE scholarship holder. The PhD thesis, Everyday negotiations of in/securities and risks: an ethnographic study amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants in Glasgow, explored the complex ways in which recent migrants from Eastern Europe negotiated securities, dealt with risks and managed uncertainties in their daily life in Glasgow. I also hold an MSc and an MRes in Russian, Central and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow as well as a BSc in Anthropology from University College London. 

While migration has been an ongoing topic in my research, I have also pursued my interest in social phenomena related to migration outside academia. In the past ten years I have been involved in various civil society organisations in the UK such as the Refugee Council, Migrants Rights Network, Migrants' Rights Scotland. Between 2010 and 2012, I co-organsied the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network's (GRAMNet) film series, which included films and documentaries addressing a wide range of migrated-related and broader social issues.  

Research Interests 

  • Migration, social security and risks - anthropological and sociological perspectives
  • Everyday experiences and negotiations of insecurities and risks
  • Transnational care arrangements
  • Critical migration research
  • Ethnographic approaches and qualitative research methods
  • Central and Eastern Europe, UK and EU  

Current Research

I am currently involved in the research project, Minorities, migrants, and engagement in civil society, which examines the participation of international migrants (especially Central and East European migrants) in local civil society in Wales. The project is part of ‘Locality, Community and Civil Society’ theme within the WISERD/Civil Society research programme. Later, I will also work on the project, Local civil society in a global age, which is also part of the same theme.  

Recent Publications

Guma, T. (2015) The ethnicisation of need: questioning the role of ethnicity in the provision of support and services for post-accession migrants in Glasgow, Glasgow City Council and University of Glasgow. (Available here)

Guma, T. (2012) 'Introduction: The Changing Nature of Asylum and Refugee Protection in the Last Six Decades'. eSharp, Special Issue: The 1951 UN Refugee Convention - 60 Years On, pp. 1-8 (with C. Farrell). (Available here)

Guma, T., Farrell, C., DeWald, R. and G. Riach (eds.) (2012) The 1951 UN Refugee Convention - 60 Years OneSharp, Special Issue. pp. 1-159. (Available here)




Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
28 March, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Executive Boardroom, Visualisation Centre, Aberystwyth University

As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.


26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.