Post-doctoral Research Associate
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

  • Critical migration research
  • Ethnographic approaches and qualitative research methods
  • Migration, social security and risks - anthropological and sociological perspectives
  • Civil society and migration
  • Transnational care arrangements
  • Local civil society and globalisation
  • Central and Eastern Europe, Wales, UK and EU

Centre For Welsh Politics And Society
The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society / WISERD@Aberystwyth aims to use research on Welsh politics and society, comparative studies of Wales and other nations and regions, and analyses of Wales’s global connections, to make internationally-significant cutting-edge
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Marc Welsh (Aberystwyth University), Taulant Guma (Aberystwyth University), Anwen Elias, Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University), Dyfan Powel (Aberystwyth University), Sophie Yarker (Aberystwyth University)
Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society
Overview This project combined quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to examine the participation of European migrants from the A8 countries in local civil society. Fieldwork took place in three localities across Wales; one urban, one rural and one semi-rural.
Research Team:
Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Andrew Thompson (University of South Wales), Taulant Guma (Aberystwyth University)
Redefining Local Civil Society in an Age of Global Inter-connectivity
Overview This project will explore how imaginaries and practices of local civil society have been stretched and reconfigured by global interconnectivities, including both the reorientation of local civil society activities around global issues and concerns, and participation
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jon Anderson (Cardiff University), Sophie Yarker (Aberystwyth University), Taulant Guma (Aberystwyth University)
Workshop
How has Welsh civil society responded to the 'refugee crisis'?
4th December 2018 |
Cardiff
This event will discuss the ways in which civil society has responded to refugees and asylum seekers in different parts of Wales in the wake of the recent ‘refugee crisis’. The event is aimed at policy makers and those who work in the third sector....
Civil Society Seminar
Problematising the role of online communities and social networking sites
26th April 2017 |
Aberystwyth
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,...