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Dr Bernadetta Siara

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Bernadetta is a very well-qualified sociologist, cultural anthropologist, research methodologist and educationalist. Bernadetta completed her Doctorate in Sociology at City, University of London (PhD) which was accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her research focused on migration, gender and sexualities and resulted in a number of publications. She also has Master and Bachelor level qualifications in Sociology and Research Methods (MA, MSc) and Cultural Anthropology (BA and MA). She also is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professional experience

Bernadetta has an extensive experience of teaching at higher education institutions in the UK. Prior to joining University of Suffolk, Bernadetta was a Lecturer in Sociology at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Previously she had also taught various aspects of sociology and research methods at other universities including City, University of London and the University of Westminster, London. Over the last few years spent working at University of Suffolk, Bernadetta has been actively developing a teaching programme in sociology and research methods and providing an academic leadership which helped to establish a single route sociology degree level programme which started in September 2016. Bernadetta has been teaching on qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as on migration and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social changes, whilst actively deploying the most current research in her teaching practice.

Bernadetta has also been an active social researcher with extensive experience of working on various research projects at higher education institutions (including the University of Westminster and Middlesex University), the Scottish Government and other non-governmental organisations, such as the Breast Cancer Care Charity. She has been involved in research surrounding ethnicity and migration, employment, equality and diversity policies, evaluation of the judicial system, religion, and social networks. Some projects were of academic nature whilst others were commissioned by public body organizations including the UK Government or the Scottish Government.

Research interests

Bernadetta’s primary research interests lie in migration, ‘race’, ethnicity, gender and sexualities, as well as religion and spirituality in the contemporary world. She is also interested in education and work-based learning as well as employment, rights and discrimination. Bernadetta has also focused on developing graduate employability. She has also worked on developing various research methods involving the use of internet. Her most recent research has focused on the issues of offensive speech in the workplace, as well as, violence against women.


Journal articles

Siara, B. (2013). Construction of gender in the migration space: Polish women in the UK, GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft [GENDER. Journal of Gender, Culture and Society], 1, 105-120.

Siara, B. (2011). Body, gender and sexuality in recent migration of Poles to the United Kingdom, ‘Migration Studies: Polish Review’, 1, 111-128.

Ryan L., Sales R., Tilki M., Siara, B. (2009). Family strategies and transnational migration: recent Polish migrants in London, ‘Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies’, 35 (1), 61-77.

Ryan L., Sales R., Tilki M., Siara, B. (2008). Social networks, social support and social capital: the experiences of recent Polish migrants in London, ‘Sociology’, 42 (4), 672-690.

Book chapters

Siara, B. (2014). Between 'escape' and new opportunities: migration narratives of Polish women in the UK, In: Draga Alexandru, M. S., Nicolaescu, M., Smith, H. (eds) Between History and Personal Narrative: East-European Women’s Stories of Migration in the New Millennium. Contributions to Transnational Feminism Series. Vienna: LIT Verlag.

Siara, B. (2014). Body as gendered and sexualised and recent migration of Poles to the United Kingdom, In: Tsolidis, G. (ed.) Migration, diaspora and identity. London: Springer (blind peer reviewed)

Siara, B. (2012). Religious influences in views on abortion and homosexuality in the migration context, In: Nynas, P., Kam-Tuck Yip, A. (eds) Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life. Farnham: Ashgate.

Siara, B. (2009). UK Poles and the Negotiation of Gender and Ethnic Identity in Cyberspace, In: Burrell K. (ed.) Polish Migration to the UK in the “New” European Union: After 2004. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Siara, B. (2004). Cultural Otherness in the Adaptation Process: The case of Tibetans in London, In: Nawracka, M. (ed.) The Imperative of Otherness. Warsaw University Press: Warsaw. (peer reviewed)

Siara, B. (2000). Heavens and Hells of the Setomaa’s People; selected aspects of religiosity of the Estonian-Russian Borderland’s inhabitants, In: Ladykowski, P. (ed.) Estonian Cottage. Setu – ethno-religious borderland group. Warsaw University Press: Warsaw.

External body membership

International Sociological Association
European Sociological Association