Anna Simola

Associate and visiting staff

  • Current position Visiting researcher at Cosmopolis (VUB)
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.70
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Anna Simola is a sociologist and doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and affiliated researcher at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care (RG 3 Migration, Care and Ageing). Currently she is also visiting researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Cosmopolis). Her PhD project 'Precarious work and precarious citizenship: risks and uncertainty during migration of young highly educated EU citizens in the EU labour markets' examines young EU migrants’ trajectories in Brussels in the dual context of the spread of precarious employment and the changing social and legal norms regulating free movement in the EU.

Her research interests include:

  • Labour markets in global cities
  • Precarious employment
  • Social citizenship
  • European welfare states
  • Street-level bureaucracy
  • Highly-skilled migration
  • Intra-EU migration

Key publications 

Simola, A (2018) Lost in administration:(Re)producing precarious citizenship for young university-educated intra-EU migrants in Brussels. Work, Employment and Society, 32(3): 458-474. DOI: 10.1177/0950017018755653

Lillie N and Simola A (2016) The crisis of free movement in the European Union. Mondi Migranti 3: 7–19. DOI: 10.3280/MM2016-003001