Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki


Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Director Sussex European Institute (SEI)

School of Law, Politics and Sociology 

University of Sussex


Email: A.Lewicki@sussex.ac.uk

Web: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/people/

Twitter: @aleks_lewicki


I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute (SEI).

I am also affiliated with the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and In-House Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).

My work investigates boundary-making and structural inequalities in post-colonial Europe. In particular, I am interested in how categories of difference (such as race or nationality) are made, by whom, and to what end, as well as what they do – to those they categorise as distinct, and those implicit in their making.

My main research areas are:

(1) political mobilisation and (2) institutional inequality.

The first research strand engages with strategies of political mobilisation and their social effects. I have written on practices, discourses and acts of citizenship and their impact on the politics of equality in Britain and Germany. Since 2020, I have been working on a collaborative research project that comparatively explores mobilisation against immigration in Europe (including Britain, Germany, Poland, Italy and Norway).

The second research strand focuses on institutional cultures and their role in (re)producing inequalities. I have critically examined integration policy frameworks in Britain and Germany. My work has also explored mechanisms of discrimination across various areas of public life, including health and social care. For instance, I traced how the crafting of Christian identity in the German welfare state contributes to the making of racial and moral alterity.

I mainly draw on qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and collaborative and participatory co-production. Public engagement is an important part of my academic work.


Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, University of Bristol, Dissertation title: Social Justice through Citizenship? The Politics of Integration in Germany and Great Britain, Supervisors: Prof. Tariq Modood, Dr. Therese O’Toole (2012)

‘Diplom’ (2 year MA equivalent + 1 year study abroad) Politics, Dissertation title: Sovereignty in Transition, Topicality of an Essentially Contested Concept, University of Potsdam (2005)

Study Abroad, European Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland (part of MA) (2003).

‘Vordiplom‘, Politics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (2002).



Co-Director Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex

Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Associate Professor/ vgl. W2 Professur), School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex (from 2019)

Lecturer in Sociology, School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex (2018-2019).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin, Principal Investigator researching institutional discrimination in social care for older people in Germany (2016 – 2017).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, funded by the AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities Programme (PI Professor Morag McDermont) (2013 – 2015).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo, funded by NORFACE (PI Professor Jorgen Carling) (2011 – 2013).

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Potsdam University, Institute for Political Theory (Professor Heinz Kleger) (2005 – 2008)

Studentische Hilfskraft, German Council on Foreign Relations Berlin, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation (programme director Dr. Gereon Schuch) (2004 – 2005).

Co-Convenor Interdisciplinary Research Network ‚Ethnicity, Race and Diverse Societies‚ (University of Sussex)

Rat für Migration (German Council of Migration)

British Sociological Association (BSA)
Study Groups: Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Religion

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Sektion Migration und Ethnische Minderheiten, Sektion Religionssoziologie

Polish Migration Research Network, University of London

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
Alumna and Selection Committee Member for Scholarships

Bürger Europas e.V.

Since 2018 Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Taylor and Francis.
JEMS | @scmrjems

Since 2012 Associate Editor of the Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, DeGruyter, Berlin.
www.forschungsjournal.de | @FJSozBew

Since 2019 Editorial Board of Patterns of Prejudice, Taylor and Francis.
 Patterns of Prejudice | @POP_Jrnl

2011 – 2017 Managing Editor of the Ethnicities Journal, Sage, London.
etn.sagepub.com/ | @ethnicitiessage


Peer reviewer for

Berghahn Books

Bristol University Press


Peer reviewer for international academic journals

British Journal of Sociology  ( https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14684446)

Critical Research on Religion ( https://journals.sagepub.com/home/crr)

Citizenship Studies ( https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccst20/current)

Diversities ( www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/…)

Ethnicities ( etn.sagepub.com/)

Ethnic and Racial Studies ( www.tandfonline.com/toc/rers20/current)

Interdisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology (  www.inter-disciplines.de/index.php/indi)

International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (  https://www.springer.com/journal/10767

Journal of International Migration and Integration ( www.springer.com/social+sciences/…)

Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies ( www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjms20#.V5HzaDWThPY)

Movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies ( https://movements-journal.org

Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights ( https://journals.sagepub.com/home/nqh

Open Theology ( www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth)

ReOrient ( http://www.plutojournals.com/reorient/)

Social Identities ( www.tandfonline.com/toc/csid20/current#.V5HzuDWThPY)

Social Inclusion ( https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion)

Social Sciences ( www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci)

Sub/urban: Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung ( www.zeitschrift-suburban.de/sys/index.php/suburban)

1 Mio € Co-Investigator ‚Reaching out to Close the Border‘: The Transnationalization of Anti-Immigration Movements in Europe, in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo and C-REX at the University of Oslo (PI: Professor Kristian Harpviken), funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

50,000 € Cultural, Socio-Economic and Religious Diversity in Public Life (Kulturelle, sozio-ökonomische und religiöse Diversität im öffentlichen Leben), expert review on diversity activities across public institutions in Germany, in collaboration with the German Federal Antidiscrimination Agency and the NGO Pro-Diversity, commissioned and funded by the Mercator Foundation.

140,000 € Fellowship Dahlem Research School funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Skłodowska Programme and the German Research Foundation (DFG) (for scholars working outside Germany, five stage global selection, 5% success rate), 2016 – 2017

200 £ University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Travel Award to MCB British Muslims in Numbers Report Launch at the House of Commons, London, 2015

3,000 £ Travel Grant by the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University, 2010

38,630 £ University of Bristol Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, 2008 – 2011

40,500 € Evangelisches Begabtenförderungswerk Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, 2006 – 2008

6,000 € German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship for 1-year study abroad, 2002

2018/2019 Doing Social Research: Working with Qualitative Data, Core Module, Undergraduate level (2. year), Department of Sociology, University of Sussex: Convenor (lectures/ seminars/ assessment).

2018/2019/2021 Postcolonial Europe?, Advanced Option, Undergraduate level (3. year), Department of Sociology, University of Sussex: Convenor (lectures/ seminars/ assessment).

2017 Research Methodology for Doctoral Candidates, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin: Pre-/ and Post-fieldwork Conversations (design and delivery).

2016 Research Methodology, Postgraduate level, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin: Pre-/ and Post-fieldwork Conversations (design and delivery).

2015 Workshops for Adults and School Pupils: Development of interactive training materials and tools used by facilitators of adult learning and school teachers in Britain.

2015 Politics, Undergraduate level (year 1), University of Bristol: Comparative Politics and Government (delivery and assessment).

2013 Sociology, Undergraduate level (2nd year), University of Bristol: Contemporary Social Inequalities (delivery and assessment).

2012 Sociology Undergraduate level (1st year), University of Bristol: Social Identities and Divisions (delivery and assessment).

2010 Sociology Undergraduate level (2nd year), University of Bristol: Contemporary Social Inequalities (delivery and assessment).

2005 – 2008 Interactive Workshops for older adults and schools, in collaboration with the NGO Bürger Europas (Citizens of Europe).

2000 – 2002 Workshops for adults and schools at the Documentation Centre of the Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Palace of Justice in the court room of the Nuremberg Trials.