Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Bozena Sojka

Research AssociatePhD

Room: 3 East 3.11
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4115


Bozena Sojka received her MA and Msc in the field of Human and Physical Geography from the Jan Kochanowski University (JKU) in in Poland and MRes in Social Research Methods from the University of Aberdeen. At Swansea University she completed her PhD on immigrants' experiences of new racism, using the Republic of Cyprus as an empirical case study. Currently Bozena is a Research Associate at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at Bath University working on the NORFACE project entitled: "Mobile Welfare in a Transnational Europe: An Analysis of Portability Regimes of Social Security Rights" (TRANSWEL). This project explores how portability regulations incorporate gendered, ethnicized/nationalized, age-related, class-related and other discourses of belonging and maps the experiences of inequality resulting from possible limitations to the portability of social security rights.

Bozena’s research interests are primarily in the area of social identities and belonging, geographies of international migration and, related to this, different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality. This includes a focus on racism and the implications of diversity and nationality for social rights. As a primary field of her research, she focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation, the role of institutions in shaping migration policies, and the more general role of states and institutions in migration processes including migration policing. She is driven by a desire to ensure that migration debates and policies are informed by research evidence. Therefore, one of her aims is to provide evidence and analysis that will inform policy-making and public debate. She has been involved in several seminal works enhancing understanding of legal regulations on the portability of social security rights, including the intersection between national and supranational regulations and mobility regimes.

Research interests

  • Social identities and belonging
  • Geographies of international migration
  • Inequality and racism
  • The governance of migration

Current projects