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Dr Michela Franceschelli
Room 36
TCRU, UCL Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education
27-28 Woburn Square
Tel: 0207 612 6974
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Michela is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Social Science Research Institute (SRI) at UCL. After graduating in Political Science (Sociology) in Italy, she took an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS and then an MSc in Social Research Methods (Sociology) at LSE. She was awarded an ESRC scholarship and completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia, Centre for Research on the Child and Family. The thesis was later published in a monograph: Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families. In 2013, she joined LLAKES at UCL Institute of Education and contributed to different multi-method research projects. She has worked at the SRI since 2016 where she teaches in the BSc Social Sciences and the BSc Sociology. Her work focuses on the production and reproduction of social inequalities and their effects on the life course transitions of youth and young adults, particularly of those from ethnic minority and migrant backgrounds. She is a mixed-method researcher with a passion for visual methods and social documentaries that she uses in her research. 


Michela is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the coordinator of the European Sociological Association (ESA) Research Network RN30 Youth and Generation. She is also a member of the UCL Migration Research Unit and co-founder of the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group at UCL


She welcomes applications for PhD in the areas of transitions to adulthood, particularly of ethnic minority and migrant groups; Black and minority ethnic Europeans; young people and young adults' political identities; migration and intra-EU mobility; migration, local communities, political attitudes and populism. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

Michela Franceschelli's research interests are in the areas of sociology of migration, youth and the life course. Her work covers different areas: the effects of inequalities on the transitions to adulthood of youth and young adults particularly minority ethnic and migrant groups; youth mobilities and intra-European migration; Black and minority ethnic Europeans; the effects of migration on communities’ values and solidarities. 


In her monograph Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families, Michela looked at South Asian Young British Muslims growing up in Britain and the inequalities that they face. At LLAKES,  she worked on a large mixed-method longitudinal study looking at British young people’s political identities and conducted ethnographic research with African and Caribbean families in London. 

More recently, she researched the effects of migration on local communities via a case study of the Italian island of Lampedusa which was disseminated via a film documentary: CCÀ SEMU Here we are, Lives on hold in LampedusaHer latest work analysed the inequalities within intra-EU mobilities through the experiences of Italian migrants in London


Teaching Summary

Social Theory (BSc Social Sciences and BSc Sociology)

Discovering Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (BSc Social Sciences and BSc Sociology)

Academic Background
2016   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy University College London
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University of East Anglia
2004   Master of Science London School of Economics and Political Science
2002   Master of Science School of Oriental and African Studies
2000   Bachelor of Science Universita degli Studi di Perugia
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