Dr Chris Moreh

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

School of Psychological & Social Sciences

E: c.moreh@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876384

Dr Chris Moreh

I joined the School of Psychological & Social Sciences at York St John University in January 2018. I had previously been a Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, an institution with which I maintain my research collaboration as a Visiting Fellow. I have a PhD in Social Sciences from Northumbria University (Newcastle, 2015), an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University (Budapest, 2011), and a combined BA & MA in Cultural Anthropology from ELTE, University of Budapest (2010).

Further Information


I currently convene the following modules:

  • Sociology of Deviance (Level 4) (Module Convener)
  • Quantitative Sociological Investigations (Level 5) (Module Convener) 

I have previously taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Southampton and Northumbria University. 

University of Southampton (2017/2018):

  • Quantitative Methods 1 (Level 7)
  • Understanding Everyday Life (Level 4)

Northumbria University (2013/2014):

  • Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context (Level 5)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (Level 5)
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Science (Level 4)
  • Foundations of Social Theory (Level 4)

I am interested in supervising prospective research students with an interest in the broad area of political sociology, or more specific projects on (1) international migration and mobility, (2) the sociology of citizenship, (3) nationalism and ethnicity, (4) political discourse, or (5) urban sociology and gentrification. Projects with a geographical focus on Central-Eastern Europe or Spain may also fall in my area of expertise, as well as projects using mixed methods, ethnographic fieldwork, survey methodology or quantitative methods.

Students interested in supervision should also consult my research interests and publications.

Research Projects

My research interests and experience fall into four broad categories: 

  • International migration and mobility
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and citizenship
  • Europeanisation and de-Europeanisation
  • Urban heritage and gentrification 

I am currently involved in three empirical research projects:

  1. ‘Transnational healthcare and wellbeing among Polish migrants in the UK’ (2019–2021): an ESRC-funded project on which I am a Co-Investigator together with A. Vlachantoni (Southampton) and D. McGhee (Keele). It is a mixed-methods investigation of healthcare practices across international borders. As part of the project I co-supervise the work of a Research Fellow based at the University of Southampton. 
  2. ‘EU citizens in a changing Britain’ (2018–2019): a collaborative project (with McGhee, Keele University) examining changes in mobility patterns, social attitudes and citizenship experiences of EU nationals in the UK in the context of the UK’s exit from the European Union. 
  3. ‘Illiberalism and changing conceptions of political community’ (2015–2020): this project has emerged from my PhD research (2011–2015) and explores the transformation of public and political conceptions of citizenship and political community in Hungary since the 2010 ‘conservative revolution’ and the implementation of the country’s 2011 extra-territorial citizenship law. Now in its second phase of conceptual development, it also incorporates a close reading, translation into English and interpretation of the political-philosophical and sociological writings of Julien Freund.

I have also developed and submitted grant proposals for external funding for two further projects:

  • ‘Theorising secondary migration systems: the case of Romanian migration’: a project planning to examine the migration trajectories of Romanian nationals living in the UK following a sustained migration experience in Spain or Italy, the two main destination countries for Romanian migration during the 2000s.
  • ‘De-Europeanization and the migration-healthcare nexus in Britain and continental Europe’: a project aiming to investigate the ways in which intra-European migration and healthcare systems and practices interrelate in order to identify the visible and projectable effects of de-Europeanisation in respect to healthcare financing, policy and social attitudes.

My approach to research is comparative, interdisciplinary and multimethodological. In my previous work I combined participant observation, in-depth qualitative interviewing, archival research, critical discourse analysis, survey methods and statistical modelling. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in London (2013), Granada, Spain (2011), Alcalá de Henares, Spain (2008–2009) and Budapest, Hungary (2006–2008).

Research Funding

2019–2021   ‘Transnational healthcare and wellbeing among Polish migrants in the UK’, (Co-I, with McGhee and Vlachantoni). Project funded by the ESRC as part of the Centre for Population Change Transition funding (PI Falkingham, £1,346,384), ES/R009139/1.

2018–2019    ‘Migrants' experiences of Brexit Britain: analysing qualitative textual data’, Students as Researchers Scheme, York St. John University (PI). Grant covering 95 hours of student working hours.

2016–2017    ‘The Sociology of Brexit’ research seminar series grant, The Sociological Review Foundation, £6,000 (PI, with McGhee and Pietka-Nykaza as Co-Is)

Professional Activities


Journal editorial board membership

2019–2021     Sociology (flagship journal of the British Sociological Association)

2018–              Central and Eastern European Migration Review

Journal refereeing

Sociology; British Journal of Sociology; Sociological Research Online; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; International Migration; Central and Eastern European Migration Review; Health & Social Care in the Community; Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe; Szociológiai Szemle (Hungary).

External grant reviewing

  • Independent External Expert on COST Open Call Evaluations (European Cooperation in Science and Technology, EU Framework Program): experience of evaluating two proposals on COST Open Call OC-2016-1.
  • ESRC Grant Application Reviewer: Reference ES/S008411/1 (2018)

External quality assurance

2019–2022 External Examiner for the FdA Applied Justice & Social Science programme, Year 1 and Year 2, University of Hull.

Event organisation and management

2017   The legacy of Brexit: mobility and citizenship in times of uncertainty. Part of the ‘Sociology of Brexit’ seminar series, funded by the Sociological Review Foundation. 31 March, University of Southampton.

2016   The spectre of Brexit: Free movement and European citizenship in question. Part of the ‘Sociology of Brexit’ seminar series, funded by the Sociological Review Foundation. 17 June, University of Southampton.



Moreh, C. (2014) Romanians of Alcalá. Migration and Social Differentiation [Alcalái Románok. Migráció és társadalmi differenciálódás]. 259 pp. ISBN: 9789632367903. Budapest: L’Harmattan (in Hungarian) 

Refereed articles (in English, since 2014)

Moreh, C. (2019) Online survey design and implementation: targeted data collection on social media platforms, SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. DOI: 10.4135/9781526479709

Moreh, C, McGhee, D. and Vlachantoni, A. (2018) The return of citizenship? An empirical assessment of legal integration in times of radical sociolegal transformation. International Migration Review, DOI: 10.1177/0197918318809924.

McGhee, D, Moreh C. and Vlachantoni A. (2018) Stakeholder Identities in Britain’s Neoliberal Ethical Community: Polish narratives of earned citizenship in the context of the UK’s EU Referendum, British Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12485.

McGhee, D., Moreh, C. and Vlachantoni, A. (2017) An undeliberate determinacy? The changing migration strategies of Polish migrants in the UK in times of Brexit. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43(13): 2109–2130.

Moreh, C. (2016) The asianization of national fantasies in Hungary: a critical analysis of political discourse, International Journal of Cultural Studies 19(3): 341–353

Moreh, C. (2016) Inhabiting heritage: living with the past in the Albayzín of Granada, Open Library of Humanities 2(1): e8, pp. 1–33.

Moreh, C. (2014) A decade of membership: Hungarian post-accession mobility to the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern European Migration Review 3 (2): 79–104

Moreh, C. (2014) Prestige and status in the migration process: the case of social differentiation in a Romanian ‘community’ in Spain, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40 (11): 1758–1778 

Book chapters

Moreh, C. (forthcoming, 2020) Harm and Migration, Ch. 34 In Davies, Leighton and Wyatt (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Moreh, C. (forthcoming, 2019) Towards an illiberal extraterritorial political community? Hungary’s ‘Simplified Naturalisation’ and its ramifications, In Feischmidt and Majtényi (eds.) Nationalizing post-postsocialism: historical legacy or structurally driven shift in Hungary? Budapest: Central European University Press.

Moreh, C. (2016) Hungarian immigrants in the United Kingdom, pp. 69–72 In Blaskó and Fazekas (eds.) The Hungarian Labour Market 2016. Budapest: Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Recent publications in other languages

Moreh, C. et al. (2019) Raport privind potențialul de implicare al diasporei în comunitățile din Țara Făgărașului [Report on the potential of diaspora implication in communities in Țara Făgărașului]. Făgăraș: Făgăraș Research Institute. ISBN: 978-606-94773-0-4 (in Romanian)

Moreh, C. (2017) Az Egyesült Királyságba irányuló magyarországi elvándorlás a magyar és a brit migrációs rendszerek átalakulásának tükrében [Migration from Hungary to the United Kingdom from the perspective of the transformation of the Hungarian and British migration systems], Ügyészségi Szemle 2(3): 86–101 (in Hungarian).

Moreh, C. (2016) Magyar bevándorlók az Egyesült Királyságban [Hungarian migrants in the United Kingdom], pp. 68–71 In Blaskó and Fazekas (eds.) Munkaerőpiaci Tükör 2015. Budapest: MTA Közgazdaság- és Regionális Tudományi Kutatóközpont, KTI (in Hungarian).

Moreh, C. (2014) Magyar bevándorlók az Egyesült Királyságban: demográfiai, földrajzi és szociológiai körkép [Hungarian migrants in the United Kingdom: demographic, geographic and sociological aspects], Demográfia 57 (4): 137–172 (in Hungarian). 

Policy papers and public dissemination

Moreh, C., Vlachantoni, A. and McGhee, D. (2019) Britain’s NHS is not that great, say EU migrants, The Conversation, 21 March. 

Moreh, C., McGhee, D. and Vlachantoni, A. (2018) EU migrants’ attitudes to UK healthcare. CPC Briefing Paper 41, ESRC Centre for Population Change.

Moreh, C. (2016) Sociological Questions through the Spectre of Brexit, The Sociological Review Blog, 29 July.

Moreh, C., McGhee, D. and Vlachantoni, A. (2016) Should I stay or should I go? Strategies of EU citizens living in the UK in the context of the EU referendum. CPC Briefing Paper 35, ESRC Centre for Population Change. 

Moreh, C. (2015) The Discursive Asianization of Hungary, Antenna Blog, 30 June. Invited post.

Media presence and impact

Beke, K. (2017, 3 November) Meglepő vélemény: épp a magyar kivándorlók lehetnek a Brexit nagyvesztesei [A surprising assessment: Hungarian emigrants may be the main casualties of Brexit], Portfolio.hu. Interviewed (Hungarian).

Rouch, A.F. (2017, 7 February) UK's Kent highlights Brexit division, Deutsche Welle. Interviewed.

N.A. (2016, 27 July) Ugyanott dolgozik a lengyel és a magyar Angliában? [Do Poles and Hungarians do the same jobs in England?], Index.hu. Published findings reported (in Hungarian).

Invited Talks and Conference Papers

Invited presentations

2017 -  ‘Between “values” and “rights”: EU migrants negotiating citizenship and belonging in the context of Brexit’. Workshop on ‘Brexit and the Pandora’s Box of EU Citizenship’, University of Copenhagen, 11–12 December.

2017 - ‘A return to “settlement”? Estimating the effect of Brexit on the future migration plans of EU nationals living in the UK’. Workshop on ‘Exploring intra EU mobilities at times of Crisis’, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 20 June.

2017 - ‘The Romanian British experience: assessing open borders and its failures’. Workshop on Romanian migration, University College London, 28 April.

2017 - ‘The characteristics of Hungarian migration to the United Kingdom from the perspectives of Hungarian emigration and UK immigration’ (in Hungarian), Hungarian National Institute of Criminology, Budapest, 26 April.

2016 - ‘Brexit: EU nationals in the UK after the referendum’, Public roundtable, Kingston University London, Kingston upon Thames, 13 December.

2016 - ‘Attitudes and responses of Polish citizens living in the UK to the EU referendum’, Public Roundtable ‘Still Home Abroad? Polish Migration to Scotland after Brexit’, Aberdeen Science Centre, 9 November.

2016 - ‘The Hungarian Far Right and its Eurasian prospects’. Roundtable discussion at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL, 24 February.

2011 - ‘Romanians of Alcalá. Migration and Social Differentiation’ (in Hungarian), 13 September, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ethnology, Budapest.

Conference Papers

2019 - ‘The 'Brexit' effect on the life satisfaction of Poles in the UK’, Council for European Studies Annual conference 2019, 20–22 June, Madrid

2019 - ‘Uncertain belonging: EU migrant lives since the Brexit vote’ (Paper 1) and ‘The 'Brexit' effect on the life satisfaction of EU migrants in the UK’ (Paper 2), BSA Annual conference 2019, 24­–26 April, Glasgow

2018 - ‘Renationalised belonging? The effect of Brexit on EU immigrants' attitudes to British citizenship’, 45th Annual Conference of the British Society for Population Studies, 11 September, University of Winchester.

2018 - ‘A Return to "Settlement?" The Effect of Brexit on the Civic Integration of EU Migrants in the UK’, 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, 5 April, San Francisco, USA.

2017 - ‘EU Migrants and the micro-politics of Brexit: Opinion- and Decision-Making in Uncertain Times’, 67th Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association, 10–12 April, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

2017 - ‘Undeliberate determinacy? Estimating the ‘effect’ of Brexit on the migration strategies of Poles in the UK’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, 5 April, University of Manchester.

2016 - ‘De-Europeanisation as re-active migration policy? Mobility and integration in times of ‘Brexit’: a sociological perspective’, 3rd CDCDI International Conference: Changing migration policies: national perspectives and supra-national strategies, 10–11 November, Bucharest, Romania.

2016 - ‘EU Migrants and the Brexit Referendum: Attitudes, Fears and Practices’, UACES 46th Annual Conference, 5–7 September, Queen Mary University of London.

2016 - ‘External ethnic citizenship’ constellations in Central Eastern Europe: identity, rights and mobility', Political Citizenship and Social Movements, BSA Citizenship Study Group and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Citizenship, 27–28 June, University of Portsmouth.

2016 - ‘A comparative assessment of Hungarian and Romanian migration to the United Kingdom’, SSEES Workshop on European Migrants in the UK and Ireland, 14 May Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

2016 - ‘Trans-bordering nationhood: Hungarian and Romanian 'trans-border national' migrants in the United Kingdom’, 26th ASEN Annual Conference: Nationalism, Migration and Population Change, The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), 19–21 April, London School of Economics and Political Science.

2016 - ‘A comparative assessment of Hungarian and Romanian migration to the United Kingdom’, New Ideas and New Generations of Regional Policy in Eastern Europe, Institute of Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 7–8 April, Pécs, Hungary.

2015 - ‘Beyond rights and wrongs: Romanian and Hungarian (external) citizens on the British labour market’, 2nd CDCDI International Conference: Challenges Ahead: Integration of Migrants on the European Labour Market, 12–13 March, Bucharest, Romania.

2015 - ‘Uneven EU mobilities: a Hungarian case study of post-crisis mobility patterns’, Mobility in Crisis: Is Europe becoming more mobile during the economic crisis or is European mobility in crisis?, 29 January, EUI, Florence, Italy.

2014 - ‘A political community of external ethnic citizens? Geography, ethnicity and the political untangled’, Political Community: Authority in the Name of Community. Workshop and PhD summer school, 26 June, University of Aberdeen (CISRUL).

2014 - ‘Community and Identity in a United Europe: Perspectives on CEE migration to the UK’, 1st CDCDI International Conference: Rethinking EU Immigration: Legal Perspectives, Management and Practices, 13 March, Bucharest, Romania.

2013 - ‘From Post-Socialist to Post-Accession Pioneering: The Shaping of Romanian Migration Networks to Spain and the United Kingdom’, THEMIS international migration conference: Examining Migration Dynamics, 26 September, University of Oxford.

2013 - ‘Mobilities and Citizenships: Multiple Dimensions of Central Eastern European Migration to the United Kingdom’, Horizontal Europeanization Summer School, 27 August, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg (D).

2013 - ‘Post-migration complexities: Strategies of social differentiation in a Romanian community in Spain’, NORFACE Conference on Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers, 12 April, University College London.  

2013 - ‘The Asianization of national fantasies in the West. A view from Central Europe’, Where is Home? Place, Belonging and Citizenship in the Asian Century, 23 March, Hong Kong Baptist University.

2012 - ‘European mobility and the question of new minorities: the case of Romanians in Spain’, Assessing Accession Symposium 2012: Minorities and the EU Eastern Enlargement, 14 June, University of Tartu, Estonia.

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