I am a political sociologist and migration/diversity scholar at GRITIM-UPF, currently as Principal Investigator of the AGREP project. The interrelation between the theoretical and the empirical dimension of research is essential in my scholarship, in which I integrate political theory and sociological approaches within the overall framework of citizenship and inclusion. At the empirical level, I largely conduct qualitative field studies, often applying ethnographic methods. My main research areas involve inclusion and exclusion, precarity, intersectionality, and agency of immigrants and racialized groups in European societies, with a particular focus on discrimination. I often apply a structure-agency approach, by examining the interplay between the institutional context 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 female migrant domestic workers, and also on value conflicts around gender roles.


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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