Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
Dr Barbara Samaluk is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Work and Employment Research Unit at the University of Greenwich Business School.
Before entering academia, she worked for a human right’s watchdog organization and was actively engaged with systemic advocacy for human rights and anti-discrimination in various European countries. She dealt with and researched various forms of inequality, which finally led to her specialism in transnational labour migration.
Her PhD thesis on inter-sectional commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist central and eastern Europe in the UK is contextualized within post-socialist and post-colonial transition to market economies, and is exploring the value extraction/appropriation possibilities and strategies of diverse actors involved in transnational labour relations between East and West.
- 2010: A grant for a PhD Course International Migration, Ethnicity and Gender: Intersectional Perspectives on Labour, Power, and Citizenship (REMESO, Linköping university, Sweden).
- 2009: A grant for a PhD Course Critical Studies of Whiteness from Feminist Perspectives (NORDEN, Linköping University, Sweden).
2009: Award for the best postgraduate thesis with MSc Dissertation, Slovene Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
British Sociological Association
Dr Barbara Samaluk's research interests include transnational labour migration, cultural political economy, commodification and marketization processes within postcolonial and post-socialist order, equality and diversity and anti-discrimination.
Her work is transdisciplinary and mainly grounded within Bourdieuian reflexive sociology, postcolonial theory, human geography and critical discourse analysis. The themes she has explored in her postgraduate research projects include transnational labour migration and mobility, marketization and commodification, political ideologies and racisms, the role of political and media discourse in legitimizing inequality, on-line presence and activity of right-wing political groups, ethics of public speech and critical pedagogy.
PhD thesis on intersectional commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist central and eastern Europe in the UK is contextualized within post-socialist and postcolonial transition to market economies and is exploring the value extraction/appropriation possibilities and strategies of diverse actors involved in transnational labour relations between East and West.
By providing a multidisciplinary, multilevel and comparative analysis of diverse countries, actors and workers, the thesis exposes on-going colonial processes that characterise contemporary Europe. As such, it widens our understanding of transnational labour migration from post-socialist central and eastern Europe and leads to insights into the remaking of class, race and gender politics on local and global scales. Currently she works on a research project funded by the European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme, which is exploring the effects of marketization on societies (TEMS). Within the project she specifically focuses on post-socialist central and eastern European context.
Funded research projects
- 2012-2016 'The Effects of Marketization on Societies' (TEMS), funded by the European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme The project will assess how marketization leads to an increase in inequality, in terms of income, security, and participation; three separate mechanisms are proposed mediating this effect. The central goal of the project is to generate a general theory of marketization, including causes and effects. We will examine in four workplace contexts in four countries and draw on tools from the grounded theory and comparative-analytic traditions. The main outputs will be academic articles and books. The project runs for four years and opens new horizons in the understanding of economic governance, employment relations, and inequality.
- 2009- 2013 Independent PhD research project on commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist central and eastern Europe on the UK labour market and its effects, funded by Queen Mary, University of London studentship. Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management.
- 2008-2009 Independent MA research project on political ideologies and racism as exposed through the experiences of Slovenian immigrants in the UK, London Metropolitan University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (awarded Distinction)
- 2005-2008 Independent MSc research project exploring discriminatory on-line discourse and ethics of public speech, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences (awarded best postgraduate thesis)
Samaluk, Barbara (2016) Austerity stabilised through European funds: The impact on Slovenian welfare administration and provision. Industrial Relations Journal. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. ISSN 0019-8692 ISSN 0019-8692
Samaluk, Barbara (2016) Migration, consumption and work: A postcolonial perspective on post-socialist migration to the UK. Ephemera. University of Leicester. pp. 95-118. ISSN 2052-1499 ISSN 2052-1499
Samaluk, Barbara (2015) Migrant workers' engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange. Work, Employment and Society. SAGE Publications. pp. 455-471. ISSN 0950-0170 ISSN 0950-0170
Samaluk, Barbara (2014) Whiteness, ethnic privilege and migration: a Bourdieuian framework. Journal of Managerial Psychology. Emerald. pp. 370-388. ISSN 0268-3946 ISSN 0268-3946
Samaluk, Barbara and Pedersen, Linda (2012) Editorial: Different pathways into critical whiteness studies. Graduate Journal of Social Science. GJSS. pp. 9-21. ISSN 1572-3763 ISSN 1572-3763
Samaluk, Barbara (2017) Innovative trade union practices addressing growing precarity characterised by rescaled governance and the shrinking welfare state: the case of Slovenia. In: Beyond the Crisis: Strategic Innovation Within CEE Trade Union Movements. ETUI, Brussels.
Samaluk, Barbara (2016) Neoliberal moral economy: Migrant workers' value struggles across temporal and spatial dimensions. In: The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 61-85. ISBN 978-1-137-50271-1
Samaluk, Barbara (2015) Change and inertia in (re)formation and commodification of migrant workers’ subjectivities: An intersectional analysis across spatial and temporal dimensions. In: Pierre Bourdieu, Organisation and Management. Routledge, New York, US. pp. 37-54. ISBN 9780415737265
Samaluk, Barbara (2014) Racialised “price-tag”: Commodification of migrant workers on transnational employment agencies’ websites. In: Work and the challenges of belonging: Migrants in globalizing economies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. pp. 155-178. ISBN 9781443858113