Dr. Alicja Bobek
Department of Geography
Trinity College Dublin
Alicja moved to Trinity from TASC: Think-tank on Action for Social Change, where she worked as a researcher on the ‘Working Conditions in Ireland‘ and the ‘Social Implications of Precarious Work‘ projects. She has a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Sociology and an MA in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She previously worked as a teaching and research fellow in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College. She was involved in a number of projects in the Department, including: ‘WORK-INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces’ (2014-2015) funded by the European Commission, the ‘Learning from Poland Project‘ (2012-2013) funded by the Irish Research Council, and the ‘Migrants Careers and Aspirations‘ project (2007-2010), part of the Trinity Immigration Initiative. She is the co-author of the ‘New Mobilities in Europe: Polish Migration to Ireland post-2004‘.
Within the GEOFIN project Alicja’s research is focused on the financialisation of households in Central and Eastern Europe.
GEOFIN-related publications, presentations and working papers
Bobek, A. (2020) Financialisation of households in East-Central Europe: The view from the non-academic reports. GEOFIN Working Paper No. 10. Dublin: GEOFIN research, Trinity College Dublin.
Bobek, A. (2019) Subordinated financialisation? The role of financial investment, credit and debt in everyday lives of households in East-Central Europe. GEOFIN Seminar on “Financialisation”. Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 19 September 2019. | PDF
Bobek, A. (2019) ‘Subordinated financialisation’? The role of credit and debt in everyday lives of households in East and Central Europe. Paper for the 17th Polish Sociological Association Congress: ‘Me? Us? Them? Subjectivity and Belonging’. Special Stream: Economic Sociology Thematic Group: ‘Moral Meanings of Money and Consumption’. Wroclaw, Poland, 11-14 September 2019. | PDF
Bobek, A. (2019) Financialisation of households: a preliminary literature review. GEOFIN Working Paper No. 2. Dublin: GEOFIN research, Trinity College Dublin.
View Alicia’s blogs
Krings, T., Moriarty, E., Wickham, J., Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. (2013) New Mobilities in the New Europe. Polish Migration to Ireland Post-2004. Manchester University Press.
Moriarty, E., Wickham, J. Bobek, A. and Daly, S. (2016) Portability of Social Protection in the European Union. In: A. Amelina, K. Horvath and B. Meeus (eds), An Anthology of Migration and Social Transformation, IMISCOE Research Series.
Krings, T., Bobek, A., Moriarty, E., Salamonska, J. and Wickham, J. (2014) Large-scale Migration in an Open Labour Market: The Irish Experience with ost-2004 labour mobility and the regulation of employment standards. In M. Bernaciak (ed.), Market Expansion and Social Dumping in Europe, Routlege.
Wickham, J., Bobek, A., Daly, S. Krings, T., Moriarty, E. and Salamonska, J. (2014) Learning from Poland? What Recent Mass Immigration to Ireland Tells Us about Contemporary Irish Migration. In: Louise Brennan (ed.) Enacting Globalization. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. (2010) ‘Wyksztalciuchy’ i ‘Mariany’ Polscy migranci w Irlandii ze szczegolnym uwzglednieniem Dublina (‘Wyksztalciuchy’ and ‘Mariany’. Polish immigrants in Dublin). In: L. Nowak (ed.) II Kongres Polskich Towarzystw Naukowych na Obczyznie, 4-7 September, (2nd Congress of Polish Scientific Societies Abroad, Krakow, 4-7 September) 2008 (conference proceedings).
Wickham, J., Moriarty, E., Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. (2009) Working in the gold rush: Polish migrants’ careers and the Irish hospitality sector. In Maeve Holohan and Sharon Bolton (eds.) Work Matters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Work. London: Palgrave
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Bobek, A., Pembroke, S. and Wickham, J. (Forthcoming) Living in precarious housing: non-standard employment and housing careers of young professionals in Ireland. Housing Studies.
Bobek, A. (2020) Leaving for the money, staying for the ‘quality of life’. Case study of young Polish migrants living in Dublin. Geoforum, 109: 24-34.
Bobek, A. and Wickham, J. (2018) Blurring boundaries: informal practices in formal employment in Ireland. Industrial Relations Journal 49(4): 336-351.
Bobek, A., Wickham, J., Moriarty, E. and Salamonska, J. (2018) Is money always the most important thing? Polish construction workers in Ireland. Irish Journal of Sociology 26(2):162-182.
Bobek, A. and Wickham, J. (2017) The ownership of time: Work in the Irish hospitality sector. Irish Journal of Social Anthropology 20(2): 17-25.
Bobek A. and Devitt, C. (2017) Workforce diversity in Irish hospitals: perspectives of Irish and foreign-born professionals and their managers. Employee Relations 39(7): 1015-1029.
Bobek, A. and Wickham, J. (2017) Part-time work, full-time commitment: casualisation of employment in the Irish hospitality sector. EuropeNow Vol. 10.
Bobek, A. (2016) Migracja jako kryzys wiezi spolecznej? Analiza na przykladzie Irlandii I Wielkiej Brytanii (Migration as a threat for social ties? Examples from Ireland and the United Kingdom) Studia Migracyjne – Przeglad Polonijny 1(2016): 201-216.
Moriarty, E., Bobek, A., Daly, S and Wickham, J. (2015) Graduate Emigration from Ireland: Navigating new pathways in familiar places. Irish Journal of Sociology 23(2): 71-92.
Krings, T., Moriarty, E., Wickham, J., Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. (2013) Polish Migration to Ireland. ‘Free Movers’ in the New European Mobility. Space Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(1): 87-103.
Moriarty, E., Krings, T., Wickham, J., Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. (2012) Taking on almost everyone?’ Migrant and Employer Recruitment Strategies in a Booming Labour Market. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 23(9): 1871-1887.
Krings, T., Bobek, A., Moriarty, E., Salamonska, J. and Wickham, J. 2011. ‘From boom to bust: Migrant labour and employers in the Irish construction sector’, Economic and Industrial Democracy 32(3):459-476.
Bobek, A. (2010) Polscy migranci w Irlandii. Rola sieci spolecznych w procesie migracyjnym oraz w ksztaltowaniu spolecznosci etnicznej (Polish migrants in Ireland: the role of social network in migration process and ethnic community formation). Studia Humanistyczne 8: 57-67.
Krings, T., Bobek, A., Moriarty, E., Salamonska, J. and Wickham, J. (2009) Migration and Recession: Polish Migrants in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Sociological Research Online, 14(2/3).
Non-peer reviewed research report and working papers (selected)
Bobek, A., Pembroke, S. and Wickham, J. (2018) Social Implications of Precarious Work, Dublin: TASC.
Wickham, J. and Bobek, A. (2016) Enforced Flexibility? Working in Ireland Today. Dublin: TASC.
Wickham, J. and Bobek, A. (2016) ”A sub-contractor to a sub-contractor”: bogus self-employment in the Irish construction sector. CLR-News 1/2016, pp. 6-12.
Bobek, A. and Devitt, C. (2014) Work-Int Final Report: Ireland, Dublin.
Bobek, A., Debaene, E., Salamonska, J. and Wojcicka, A (2011) Ireland: Mobility of Health Professionals. Centre of Migration Research, Warsaw.
Wickham, J., Bobek, A., Krings, T., Moriarty, E. and Salamonska, J. (2011) Getting Stuck and the Bottom? Migrant Labour in the Irish Hospitality Industry in Boom and Recession. IIIS Discussion Paper No. 368.
Krings, T., Bobek, A., Moriarty, E., Salamonska, J. and Wickham, J. (2009) Les migrants polonais dans l’Irlande en crise. Les Mondes du Travail, Vol. 7.
Salamonska, J., Wickham, J., Moriarty, E. and Bobek, A. (2008) Migrant Workers and the Financial Services Sector in Ireland.
Bobek, A., Wickham, J., Moriarty, E. and Salamonska, J. (2008) Migrant Workers and the Construction Sector in Ireland.
Wickham, J., Moriarty, E., Bobek, A and Salamonska, J. (2007) Migrant Workers and the Irish Hospitality Sector.