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

Michela is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology for the BSc Social Sciences.  

She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of East Anglia looking at identity and upbringing in South Asian Muslim families. The monograph ‘Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families’ is published by Palgrave Macmillan. At UCL Institute of Education (LLAKEs)  she has worked on a large longitudinal mixed-method study of British young people, their civic values and life opportunities; intergenerational dynamics and class identity and narrative research with Black British families. She has recently completed a study about the  community in the Italian island of Lampedusa and produced a film documentary based on her research: 'CCÀ SEMU. Here we are, lives on hold in Lampedusa - Trailer: https://vimeo.com/264381307  - She is currently working on a new study about Italian migrants in the UK. 

Michela is 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) and of the British Sociological Association (BSA). She is the co-funder of the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group at UCL.

She is the Graduate Tutor supporting PhD students from Thomas Coram Research Unit and Social Science Research Unit at the Department of Social Science. She welcomes applications for PhD in the areas of  youth and young adulthood, identity,  transitions to adulthood and migration.

Research Summary

Michela's research focuses on youth and transitions to adulthood, the formation of political identities, migration and populism. She is also interested in mixed method research, visual methods and video documentary. 

Teaching Summary

Social Theory (BSc Social Sciences)

Discovering Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (BSc Social Sciences)

Academic Background
2016 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Sociology University College London
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Sociology University of East Anglia
2004 MSc Master of Science – Social Research Methods (Human Geography) London School of Economics and Political Science
2002 MSc Master of Science – Development Studies School of Oriental and African Studies
2000 BSc Bachelor of Science – Political Science and Social Science Universita degli Studi di Perugia
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