Zenia Hellgren is doctor of sociology and currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at GRITIM-UPF. Her research project REPCAT (The Role of the Ethnic Majority in Integration Processes: Attitudes and Practices towards Immigrants in Catalan Institutions) examines diversity management in Catalan public institutions, assuming that representation and participation of immigrants and ethnic minorities are necessary to foster more constructive and egalitarian integration processes. This project was selected by the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) as an example of Catalan research that supports a sustainable development by promoting the equality of opportunities (click here for more information). In her earlier research, she has largely focused on the inclusion/exclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities in European societies from different perspectives, for instance as director and PI of the EU funded research project Roma inclusion in education: fostering constructive attitudes and good practices in the Barcelona area (Vakeripen). She is also interested in the intersections between gender and diversity, and has conducted research on both the life and work conditions of female migrant domestic workers, and on value conflicts around gender roles between ethnic majority and minority groups.
Zenia Hellgren has formerly taught sociological theory and qualitative methods at Stockholm University. At present she teaches her course “Diversity, Discrimination and Citizenship” at the Master in Migration Studies programme (UPF), and the course “Immigration and the Labor Market” (in Spanish) at the Department of Law (UPF). She is also a thesis supervisor at the PhD and Master programmes at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (UPF).