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Markéta Doležalová

Local Research Assistant

Loughborough University

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Markéta Doležalová is a Research Assistant at the School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. Her research concentrates on migration, public policy, exclusion and marginalisation, with a focus on migration from Central Europe to the UK. Markéta holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Markéta’s doctoral research was funded by the ESRC through a CASE award and was a collaborative project between the University of Manchester and Advocacy Support. Her thesis is based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork and looks at the lives of Czech and Slovak Roma who moved to Leeds in England after the expansion of the European Union. Using observational methods, qualitative interviews, social media analysis, and policy analysis, the thesis examines how a sense of belonging or exclusion is produced through interactions between bureaucratic regimes, everyday practices, and discourse. In addition, the thesis describes the role of new religious movements in subverting the processes that produce marginalisation and in creating a sense of belonging. Markéta has worked with non-governmental organisations on research projects that focused on wider determinants of health of Roma migrants and on Roma experiences with healthcare services. Markéta’s primary responsibilities on the project consist of qualitative data collection and analysis.