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Miss Ana-Maria Cîrstea

BA (Hons), MA

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Member of the Department of Anthropology  


Proposed thesis title: An Anthropological Study of Romanian Labour Migrants in post-Brexit London

Ana-Maria’s PhD research investigates the changing regimes of belonging for Romanian migrants in London after Brexit. Using an ethnographic approach, her research analyses Romanians’ transnational practices and trajectories. Starting from migrants’ experiences of work, Ana-Maria’s PhD aims to document the precarious, yet productive connections weaved by Romanians as they navigate the metropolitan economy.

In turn, Ana-Maria is interested in the manifestations of labour outside the confines of migrants’ workplaces. She focuses on the intersections between class, gender, and ethnicity which give rise to new patterns of inequality between migrants. By documenting these changes anthropologically, she hopes to contribute to the theorisation and analysis of the contested status of Eastern European migrants in present-day Europe.

Ana-Maria's project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through a '1+3' studentship administered by the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership.

Prior to her PhD, Ana-Maria completed a Masters in Research Methods (Anthropology) at Durham University, as well as a BA in Anthropology and Sociology at Durham University.


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Journal Article

  • Cîrstea, Ana-Maria (2020). ‘Coming from Abroad’ Exploring Romanian Migrants’ Transnational Social Networks through the Prism of Temporary Return. Lietuvos etnologija / Lithuanian ethnology 20 (29): 169-180.