I am a Doctor of Sociology, teacher in Political and Social Theory, and senior Migration/Diversity Scholar at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, currently as Principal Investigator of the EU funded AGREP (Action Program for Effective Reporting of Antigypsyism and Discrimination) project and researcher in the Spanish I+D project GITMIX (Dynamics of Mixedness among Roma Populations in Catalonia, Spain: Interethnic Relations, Acculturation and Processes of Social Inclusion and Exclusion). Since January 2022, I am also the Vice-Director of the research group GRITIM-UPF

My main research areas involve inclusion/exclusion, precarity, 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. I apply an intersectional perspective in my research and teaching, and am particularly interested in the relationship between class, race/diversity, and gender. 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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