I am a Doctor of Sociology, teacher in Political and Social Theory, and Migration/Diversity Scholar at GRITIM-UPF, currently as Principal Investigator of the AGREP project. My main research areas involve inclusion/exclusion, precarity, intersectionality, and agency of immigrants and racialized groups in European societies, with a particular focus on discrimination and strategies against it. At the empirical level, I largely conduct qualitative field studies, guided by an ethnographic methodology; in recent years I have also directed several Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects. I often apply a structure-agency approach, by examining the interplay between institutional contexts and different groups of actors or stakeholders, who may uphold, negotiate or challenge institutional practices. Moreover, I am interested in the intersections between gender and diversity. I have conducted extensive research on vulnerability and agency among female migrant domestic workers, and also on conflicts around gender equality and ethnic minority claims-making.


Zenia Hellgren

GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration)

Edifici Mercè Rodoreda (campus de la Ciutadella)
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

 +34 93 542 2701

[email protected]

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