Staff Profile


Dr Laura Cashman

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922043

Profile summary

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 integration of Romani communities across the EU. Before joining CCCU, I taught Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews. I currently teach modules on International Relations, research methods and migration politics.

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

I am a member of a number of academic associations including the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, BASEES and UACES.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011.


In 2016-17 I will lead the following modules:

* Introduction to Politics and  International Relations (Year 1)

* Political Research and Practice (Year 2)

* Politics of Migration (Year 3)

I am currently supervising PhD thesis on the following topics:

Migration and Local Governance

Social Constructions of Asylum Identities

The Politics of Roma Inclusion and Exclusion in post Yugoslav states

External activities

Recent Conference Papers:

Cashman, L. and FitzGibbon, J. (2014) Playing the Populist Game: Romaphobic Discourse in Mainstream European Parties presented at ECPR General Conference, University of Glasgow 5 September 2014

Cashman, L. and FitzGibbon, J. (2014) Populism and anti-Romani sentiment in the EU: A multistate analysis, presented at Social Psychology Section, BPS, Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 11 September 2014

Publications and research outputs

Journal articles

  • Cashman L. (2016) 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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