Dr Elizabeth Mavroudi

Ph.D Durham

  • School EDI Lead
  • Reader in Human Geography

Academic Career

  • 2018-Present: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
  • 2007 onwards: Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
  • 2006-2007: Teaching/Research Fellow in Geography, University of Exeter.
  • 2005-2006: ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Durham.
  • 2002-2005: PhD- Palestinian ‘identities’ in Athens: negotiating hybridity, politicisation and citizenship in diasporic spaces (Funded by ESRC).




Elizabeth's main research interests are focused around migration and diaspora; in particular, her work focuses on the dynamic, and grounded nature of diasporic and transnational migrants' lives, identities and politics and the spaces and networks they create and maintain in the process. Her research has encouraged me to reflect on how we conceptualise diasporas in geography and beyond.

As a result of an Australian National University Visiting Fellowship, she has also done work on the Greek diaspora in Australia and their socio-economic connections to Greece, the impacts this has on their identity, language and perceptions of Greek politics and the economy. This work on diasporas has led her to reflect on the ways in which diasporas mobilise at times of crisis.

Together with colleagues in the Loughborough University Nationalism Network, she is interested in exploring everyday negotiations of nation-ness, and whether the nation can be made more inclusive, as it operates within and across borders as people increasingly hold multiple identities and attachments. This has led to an ongoing project on foreign nationals living in Greece and the ways in which they negotiate integration in relation to complex narratives of nation 'here' and 'there'.

This interest in the nation also links into a new area of interest for Elizabeth, namely around childhood, nation and education/learning and how young people, and migrants in particular, construct belonging and inclusion in relation to multiple (trans)national attachments and increasing precariousness as well as top down/bottom up nationalism and the ways in which they might be political in the process. This has most recently led to a Leverhulme funded project on young people’s politicisation in diaspora, exploring the Greek, Jewish and Palestinian diasporas in the UK (http://www.youth-diaspora-politics.org/).

This focus on how the nation operates at different scales also ties into research she has conducted on the changing nature of UK immigration policy, and how this impacts upon skilled and highly skilled migrants. It used the context of higher education to demonstrate how labour immigration policy may impact upon those perceived to be mobile and to explore how perceptions of immigration policy are linked to factors such as  surveillance, identity and future career patterns.

Finally, Elizabeth has an interest in the ways scholars can imagine and theorise more hopeful futures and create meaningful encounters. She has done this through the analysis of films in relation to co-existence in Palestine-Israel.

Elizabeth's main teaching is on migration and diaspora. She teaches on Global Migration and the Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora.

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Annie Evans: Placing the Palestinian Christian Diaspora in Jordan: How homes are made away from home
  • Cintia Huxter Silva: Rethinking intergroup encounters: Memory, dialogue, and reconciliation in Kosovo
  • Klara Volaric: Nation-building from Below: Yugoslav Immigrants in Interwar Turkey
  • Dr Peny Sotiropoulou (submitted Sept 2018): Multicultural Competence and Factors Influencing Its Development: The Case of Greek Pre-Service Teachers
  • Mavroudi, E. (2019) Revisiting diaspora as process: timespace, performative diasporas? in K. Mitchell, R. Jones and J. Fluri (eds) Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration, Edward Elgar
  • Mavroudi, E. (2017) Deconstructing diasporic mobilisation at a time of crisis: perspectives from the Palestinian and Greek diasporas (part of a special issue on Diaspora Mobilizations for Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Contextual and Comparative Dimensions), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, available online:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1354159
  • Mavroudi, E., B. Page and A. Christou (eds 2017)Timespace and international migration, Edward Elgar
  • Mavroudi, E. and Nagel, C. (2016)Global migration: patterns, processes, and policies, London: Routledge
  • Christou, A. and E. Mavroudi (eds 2015) Dismantling Diasporas: Rethinking the Geographies of Diasporic Identity, Connection and Development, London: Ashgate
  • Mavroudi, E. and Holt, L. (2015)(Re)constructing nationalisms in schoolsin the context of diverse globalized societies, in  T. Matesjkova and M. Antonsich Governing through Diversity: Migration Societies in Post-Multiculturalist Times, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Mavroudi, E. and Warren, A. (2013) Highly skilled migration and the negotiation of immigration policy: non-EEA postgraduate students and academic staff at English universities, Geoforum 44, 261–270
  • Mavroudi, E. (2013)The geographies of hope: performing space in Palestine-Israel, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38 (4) 560–571
  • Mavroudi, E. (2010) Contesting identities, differences and a unified Palestinian community, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28(2) 239 – 253