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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Ms Anna (Ania) Gruszczyńska

Research Student in the School of Education

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Ania is a NINE DTP ESRC-funded PhD student in sociology of education. Before beginning her studies at Durham in October 2018, she graduated with a BA in Geography (2014-2017) and an MPhil in Education, Globalisation, and International Development (2017-2018) from the University of Cambridge.

Ania’s doctoral research focuses on the role of parental cultural heritage in shaping the feelings and understandings of belonging amongst immigrant-background emerging adults. Using collaborative qualitative methods to work with emerging adults from a range of cultural and ethnic background, Ania aims to paint a broader picture of how heritage, identity, and education intersect in the narratives of belonging in the migration context. She hopes to use this knowledge to inform further research on practices and policies that would support immigrant communities, mainstream schools, and individuals in navigating these complex processes of understanding and embracing heritage and identity.

In 2016, Anna founded Cambridge cLASs, a scholarship competition for high school students organised in cooperation with an international school in Switzerland.

Teaching commitments

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Migration, heritage, and language
  • Belonging and identity
  • Cultural and social integration
  • Language as cultural capital
  • Globalisation, postnationalism, and transnationalism
  • Role of parents in education
  • Emerging adulthood


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