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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

My research focuses on the experiences of youth and young adults, life course transitions, social inequalities and migration.  I am a mixed-method researcher with an interest in visual methods and film documentaries. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a board member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) Research Network RN30 Youth and Generation, a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), the British Sociological Association (BSA) and of the UCL Migration Research UnitI co-founded the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group at UCL and I am the Departmental Graduate Tutor at UCL SRI

I welcome applications for PhD in the areas of youth and transitions to adulthood; ethnic minority and migrant youth and young adults; migration and inequalities; intra-EU mobility; communities and populism. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

In my monograph ‘Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families’ I looked at South Asian Young British Muslims growing up in Britain and the inequalities that they face. At UCL LLAKES,  I worked on a large mixed-method longitudinal study looking at British young people’ political identities and conducted ethnographic research with African and Caribbean families in London. More recently, I 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: lives on hold in Lampedusa’.  In my latest work I have 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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