Dr Barbara Samaluk

Dr Barbara Samaluk

Dr Barbara Samaluk

Dr Barbara Samaluk

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Faculty of Business


Barbara Samaluk is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow working on a research project entitled "Aiming for skilled or secure employment on the EU market: a Sisyphean task?" that investigates the process of work transitions and transnational mobility of young and precarious teachers and social care workers.

She completed her PhD at the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity at Queen Mary, University of London on thesis exploring intersectional commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist central and eastern Europe (CEE) in the UK.

Since completing her PhD she held two postdoctoral research posts at the University of Greenwich working both as a team member on comparative research project on the effects of marketization on societies and leading her own on work transitions and transnational mobility.

Through her research projects she has also actively cooperated with trade unions and emerging social movements. She has presented papers and organised international workshops and special sessions at international conferences, published book chapters, reports, commentaries and articles in academic journals, such as Work, Employment and Society, Industrial Relations Journal and Ephemera.

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.

  • 2017-on-going: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
  • 2009-2013: Queen Mary, University of London PhD Scholarship
  • 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 for MSc Dissertation on hate speech and cyber-hate, Slovene Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Special Issue Editor at Graduate Social Science Journal

Organised international workshops in various countries and special sessions at international conferences such as Work, Employment and Society and International Conference of Europeanists

Reviewed papers for Work and Occupations, Journal of Managerial Psychology and Graduate Social Science Journal

Guest lecturer at London School of Economics, Department of Sociology

Member of British Sociological Association

Barbara Samaluk's research interests lie in transnational labour migration, mobility, precarity and diversity in the context of changing welfare states and employment relations in Europe. Her research is mainly grounded within historical and socio-economic context of post-socialist countries' transition and integration into the EU and accompanied East-West European relations.

Her PhD thesis on intersectional commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist central and eastern Europe (CEE) in the UK was grounded within wider geographic and historical context and drew from multiple disciplines to explore the appropriation of CEE migrant identities by various actors to extract profits from them and strategies of migrant workers within transnational exchange and on the UK labour market. The findings from her PhD research brought new empirical and theoretical insights recognised in various publications that appeared in Work, Employment and Society, Ephemera, Journal of Managerial Psychology and multiple edited volumes.

After completing her PhD she became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ERC Starter Grant-funded project The Effects of Marketization on Societies at University of Greenwich and was also involved in European Trade Union Institute project on innovative trade union practices within CEE. These projects broadened her research interests for the effects of marketization and welfare state restructuring within Europe and deepened her focus on the changing post-socialist societies and welfare states and their effects on welfare provision, precarity and new forms of organising. The latter work has already been published within Industrial Relations Journal and two edited volumes.

Her current Leverhume Trust supported research project investigates the process of work transitions and transnational mobility of young and precarious Slovenian teachers and social care workers.

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)

() . Industrial Relations Journal. Wiley. pp. 56-71. ISSN 0019-8692 ISSN 0019-8692

() . Časopis za kritiko znanosti. Študentska organizacija Univerze v Ljubljani. pp. 362-384. ISSN 0351-4285 ISSN 0351-4285

() . Ephemera. University of Leicester. pp. 95-118. ISSN 2052-1499 ISSN 2052-1499

() . Work, Employment and Society. SAGE Publications. pp. 455-471. ISSN 0950-0170 ISSN 0950-0170

() . Journal of Managerial Psychology. Emerald. pp. 370-388. ISSN 0268-3946 ISSN 0268-3946

and () . Graduate Journal of Social Science. GJSS. pp. 9-21. ISSN 1572-3763 ISSN 1572-3763

Browse our research at GALA

, and () . In: Reconstructing Solidarity: Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp. 166-187. ISBN 978-0198791843

() . In: Beyond the Crisis: Strategic Innovation Within CEE Trade Union Movements. ETUI, Brussels. pp. 197-217.

() . In: The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 61-85. ISBN 978-1-137-50271-1

() . In: Pierre Bourdieu, Organisation and Management. Routledge, New York, US. pp. 37-54. ISBN 9780415737265

() . In: Work and the challenges of belonging: Migrants in globalizing economies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. pp. 155-178. ISBN 9781443858113

Browse our research at GALA