Staff Profile


Dr Laura Cashman

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: St Martins Priory

Tel: 01227 922043

Profile summary

I am a feminist academic with more than ten years teaching experience in Higher Education. 

Before joining CCCU in 2009, I taught Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews. I currently teach modules on Global Politics and Diplomacy with an emphasis on decolonising the subject material and widening debates to take account of power relations.

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in European Studies and subsequently continued my postgraduate studies in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. My PhD, funded by the ESRC and a Europe Asia Studies scholarship, was awarded in 2007. My thesis examined the implementation of Romani integration policies in the Czech Republic and my research continues to focus on the racist discrimination against Romani communities across the EU.

I was Programme Director of the Politics and IR undergraduate degree framework from September 2016 to August 2019 and Acting Subject Director of Politics from September 2017 to February 2018. 

Research and knowledge exchange

The main focus of my research concerns the integration of Romani communities. Previous research looked at specific challenges in local contexts. This has now broadened to look at wider concerns of the growth of Romaphobia in Europe and the application of Critical Race Theory to understand the persistent failure of state policies to address the social exclusion of Roma. My research currently encompasses three related 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, particularly in the sphere of education.

The second area of research examines how and why Romaphobia is being mobilised so successfully by populist politicians across the European Union.

The third area of research examines the experiences of Czech and Slovak Romani migrants to the UK in partnership with local NGOs and public bodies.  

Teaching and subject expertise

In 2020 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 I won the ‘Expect Respect’ CCCU Golden Apple Teaching Award.

My teaching approach is student focused with a strong emphasis on challenging discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, class or ability, to allow all students to achieve their full potential.

I have been external examiner for politics degrees at the University of Brighton and London Metropolitan University 

In 2020-21 I will lead the following modules:

* Foundation year: Contemporary Issues in Politics

* Level 4: Power, Politics and the State

* Level 6: Foreign Policy Analysis

* Level 7: Advanced Principles in Politics and IR

I am currently supervising PhD research on the following topics:

Migration and Local Governance

EU migration policy

Arab solidarity and responses to the Syrian civil war

Nigerian Foreign Policy

External activities

BBC Radio Kent ‘Drivetime’ Brexit debate (16 July 2018)

Chair and participant in round table discussing “Britishness and National Identity” in response to Octopus at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (19 June 2018)

Keynote speaker: ‘Inspiring Kent Labour Women Event’ (10 March 2018)

Independent Expert Opinion provided supporting Asylum application of Romani man at the Miami Immigration Court, USA  (November 2017)

Interviewed and quoted in Financial Times article about EU Roma policy ‘Roma: Moving target’ (25 February 2014)

Consultancy for European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (January 2011)

Invited Speaker: Disputed Rights: The free movement of Roma as EU citizens, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Specialist Seminar, Bucharest, Romania (December 2010).

BBC Expert Adviser on stereotypes depicting Roma ‘Silent Witness’, (February 2010).

Peer reviews:

I regularly review articles for the following academic journals:

Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnopolitics; Europe-Asia Studies; International Journal of Human Rights; Journal of Contemporary European Research; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Journal of International and Intercultural Communication; Journal of International Migration and Integration; Nationalities Papers; Patterns of Prejudice; Social Inclusion

Publications and research outputs

Journal articles

  • Cashman L. (2017) New label no progress: Institutional racism and the persistent segregation of Romani students in the Czech Republic. Race, Ethnicity and Education 
  • 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. (2008) Remembering 1948 and 1968: Reflections on Two Pivotal years in Czech and Slovak History, Europe-Asia Studies, 60 (10) pp. 1645 – 1658.


  • Cashman L. (Ed), (2009) 1948 and 1968 – Dramatic milestones in Czech and Slovak History, London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-49990-3

 Chapters in Edited Collections

  • Cashman L. (2009) Romani Teaching Assistants in the Czech Education System: An Opportunity to Address Barriers to the Labour Market? In T. Agarin and M. Brosig (eds) Minority Integration: Debating Ethnic Diversity in Eastern Europe, Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Cashman L. (2008) Implementing National Romani Policy at the Local Level: Experiences of the Preparatory Class Programme in Two Czech Cities, in M. Flynn, J. Oldfield and R. Kay (eds) Trans-National Issues, Local Concerns: Insights from Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and the UK, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, pp. 159 – 176.

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