I am a doctor of sociology and migration/diversity scholar at GRITIM-UPF, currently as Marie Curie Research Fellow. My main research areas involve inclusion and exclusion, precarity, and agency of immigrants and racialized groups in European societies, with a particular focus on discrimination viewed as an important obstacle for integration. In my research, I generally apply theoretical approaches from sociology and political science to empirical studies in which I largely use qualitative methods such as ethnographic fieldwork and case studies, often with a pronounced inductive approach inspired by grounded theory. I am also interested in the intersections between gender and diversity, and have 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.

At present, my 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, suggesting that an increased representation of immigrants and members of ethnic minority groups is necessary in order to fulfil intercultural policy aims, and, at a broader level, that the representation of ethnic diversity in public institutions ought to be considered a democratic necessity in the super-diverse European societies of today. This project was selected by the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) as an example of research that supports a sustainable development by promoting the equality of opportunities (click here for more information).

As teacher and lecturer, I have formerly taught sociological and political theory and qualitative methods at Stockholm University. I currently teach the courses “Diversity, Discrimination and Citizenship,” which is partly based on my own research, at the Master in Migration Studies programme (UPF), and “Immigració i mercat de treball” at the Department of Law (UPF). I am also a thesis supervisor at the PhD and Master programmes at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (UPF).


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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