Country of residence

United Kingdom

Brief introduction

Birmingham Fellow & Lecturer, Institute for Research into Superdiversity | School of Social Policy | University of Birmingham


PhD in Sociology, 2009, Oxford Brookes University

Academic profile

Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and at the Refugee Studies Centre both at the University of Oxford, I am currently working on research on: Stateless diasporas and immigration regimes in the EU (Oxford Diasporas Programme); Romani mobilities in Europe; Livelihoods and lifeworlds of undocumented migrant children and young people in the UK. I have carried out research on minority and migration issues in the EU and the Balkan region. My main research interests are anthropology of migration and forced migration;  EU discourses, policies and practices towards third-country nationals; migrants’ claim-making and mobilisation; and Romani politics and anti-Gypsyism in Europe. Since 2002, I have worked as researcher and consultant on a number of research projects funded by, among others, the UK Home Office, EU, OSCE, Refugee Housing Association, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I previously taught sociology of forced migration at Oxford Brookes University. I am co-founder of OsservAzione, an independent action research group working on anti-racism in Italy.


  • Sigona N. and Trehan, N. (eds) (2009) Romani politics in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Marginalisation and the Neoliberal Order, Palgrave.
  • Sigona, N. (2005) ‘Locating the ‘Gypsy problem’’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31(4): 741-756.
  • Sigona, N (2003) ‘How can a ‘nomad’ be a refugee? Kosovo Roma and labelling policy in Italy’, Sociology, 37 (1): 69-80.


Anti-Gypsyism; housing segregation; political mobilisation; asylum; irregular migration

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