Laura CASHMAN (British)

Country of residence

United Kingdom

Brief introduction

Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University, Department of Applied Social Sciences


PhD, 2007, Department of Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow

Academic profile

The main focus of my research is the integration of Romani communities particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. My research currently focuses on two areas. The first looks at Romani integration in the Czech Republic and seeks to understand how local and national politics interact and how the conflation of poverty and marginalisation with Romani ethnic identities impacts on the development of effective strategies for integration. The second area of research explores the EU response to the challenge of Romani integration. Particularly, questions relating to the Europeanisation of minority rights policies and the applicability of traditional minority integration frameworks to accommodate Roma.


  • Cashman L, (2008) “Put your own house in order first”: Local perspectives on the influence of the EU on Romani integration policies in Czech Republic, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 4 (3) pp. 193 – 208.
  • Cashman, L. (2008) Developing an effective Romani integration strategy: Experiences of ethnoculturally neutral and specific policies in the Czech Republic, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 8 (3) pp. 595 – 618.
  • Cashman, L. (2009) Romani Teaching Assistants in the Czech Education System: An Opportunity to Address Barriers to the Labour Market? In Agarin, T. and Brosig, M. (eds) Minority Integration: Debating Ethnic Diversity in Eastern Europe, Amsterdam: Rodopi.


Social Inclusion, Education, Employment, Institutional racism

Contact browse members list