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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Marta Moskal

Assistant Professor in the School of Education

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Marta Moskal is a sociologist of education with an interdisciplinary background in sociology, human geography, and social policy. Before coming to Durham, Marta was Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow at Glasgow, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Centre of Educational Sociology at Edinburgh, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh, and an Assistant Professor in Social and Political Geography at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków where she also received her PhD.

Marta’s research focuses on the processes of international mobility and education from the perspective of culture, identity change and social inclusion. She is interested in the emerging issue of decolonisation in education in the global context of power relations and inclusion within and across contexts. While researching international students from the Global South, Eastern European migrant children and youth and refugee young people, she is particularly interested in the question of who is marginalised and disadvantaged in education structures. She believes this question is critical in addressing social inequalities on local and global scales. She has been principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of projects such as the AHRC Global Challenges (2019) on an intercultural pedagogy for higher education in conditions of conflict and protracted crises (co-I); ESRC (2016-19) on identity, belonging and citizenship of migrant youth in the UK (co-I); ESRC IAA (2016-17) on race equality and Scottish school education (co-PI): the British Academy (2014-15) on international students mobility and capacity building in their home countries (PI) and EC MarieSkłodowska-Curie fellowship (2008-10) on migration, integration and education of Polish migrants families.

At Durham, Marta convenes the MA in Intercultural and International Education, she teaches postgraduate Intercultural Communication, International Development and Education in a Global World and undergraduate Education in a Global Age modules. She also coordinates study abroad and international exchange at the department.

She welcomes enquiries about supervision from students who want to write an undergraduate, masters or doctoral dissertation in any area of her research interests, or who are keen to use qualitative and mixed research methods.

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Research Groups

Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Children, youth, international students, family perspective
  • Identity, culture and belonging
  • Migration, mobility and education
  • Multilingualism, minority languages and education
  • Transnationalism, translocalism, globalisation

Selected Publications

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  • Tyrrell, N., Käkelä, E., Corson, S. Sime, D. Kelly, C. McMellon, C. & Moskal, M. (2018). Eastern European Young People's Feelings of Belonging: Any place in Brexit Britain?. Research and Policy Briefing Number 2. Durham, Plymouth and Strathclyde Universities.
  • Moskal, M., Sime, D., Tyrrell, N., McMellon, Ch. & Kelly, C. (2018). Eastern European Youth Identities in Uncertain Times. Research and Policy Briefing Number 5. Durham, Plymouth and Strathclyde Universities.
  • Moskal, M. & Hancock, J. (2017). Cultural Mediators in the Refugee Sector - Work Challenges, Skill Needs, Training Requirements and Existing Provisions in the UK: The ReCULM project country report EC Erasmus+. University of Glasgow.
  • Sime, D., Käkelä, E., Corson, S., Tyrrell, N., McMellon, C., Kelly, C. & Moskal, M. (2017). Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain: Racism, Anxiety and a Precarious Future. Research and Policy Briefing Number 1. Durham, Plymouth and Strathclyde Universities.
  • Arshad, R., & Moskal, M. (2016). Race Equality and Scottish School Education: Ensuring Today's Young People are Tomorrow's Confident Citizens. IAA Briefing.
  • Moskal, M. (2014). Policy Briefing 6: Benefiting from Transnational Experience - Migration and the Role of Lifelong Learning. Discussion Paper. PASCAL International Observatory, Glasgow.
  • Moskal, M. (2010). Polish Migrant Children's Experiences of Schooling and Home-School Relations in Scotland, CES Briefings 54. Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh.
  • Moskel, M., Ozga, J. & Shapira, M. (2010). The Schooling of Migrant Pupils in Europe: Some Policy Lessons. CES Working Paper. Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh.

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: RF230135: Building an intercultural pedagogy for higher education in conditions of conflict and protracted crises: Languages, identity, culture, AHRC, 2019
  • 2018: EC Erasmus+ Inter4Ref: Education and training for translators in refugee sector, UK PI with University of Athens, Greece, and University of Modena, Italy, University of Almeria Spain, 2018-21.
  • 2017: RF230120: Here to Stay? Identity, belonging and citizenship among Eastern European settled migrant children in the UK(a decade after EU Enlargement), ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN), 2016-2019
  • 2016: EC Erasmus+ ReCULM Resources for local and international intercultural mediators working the refugees, UK PI with National Center for Social Research, Athens, Greece, and University of Modena, Italy, University of Almeria, Spain, 2016-2018.
  • 2016: Racial Equality and Scottish School Education, ESRC IAA (Impact Acceleration Account), Co-PI with Prof. R. Arshad (Edinburgh), 2016-2017.
  • 2014: British Academy, PI on Students Mobility, Culture Change and Capacity Building in Sending Countries, 2014-2015.
  • 2008: EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Post-enlargement Migration, Integration and Education: Polish Immigrants in Scotland, 2008-2010.