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I'm an anthropologist with an international reputation, author of a ground breaking, award-winning monograph using intimate ethnography, and over 50 publications and a scholar with high citation (over 2500 - Publish or Perish, h-index 23) and funding generating record, recently awarded a significant ESRC Standard Grant (860,000) on migrants joining far-right groups.

I specialize in the issues of migration from Poland, transnationalism, heritage, memory, far-right radicalisation, resistance, homelessness, nationalism, politics of diasporic engagement, Polish Roma, political participation of immigrants and intimate ethnography. My publications appeared in English, Polish, French and German and my ethnographic fieldwork experience involves work in various cities in Britain, Poland, rural Ukraine and Peruvian Andes.

I'm a non-conventional, innovative and passionate teacher, leader in experiential education in ethnographic methods involving learning through immersion. I am also an experienced communicator of science to wider audiences - media, policy makers, NGOs. My risk-taking, inspiring and cutting edge research, both theoretical and deeply empirical resulted in the production of applicable and policy relevant local and national useful knowledge.

Born in Kraków, I live in London for over 20 years in a multispecies household (humans, dogs, cat, rabbits). My wife, Katarzyna Depta-Garapich, is a sculptor and visual artist (https://katarzyna-depta-garapich.com/), and I am also a proud dad of Mateusz and Matylda. To keep sane in this crazy world I surf (longboard, 9ft 2 log), ski and drink good coffee.


I teach 2nd Year 'Migration, Diversity and Urban LIfe', 'Londonopolis - exploring the global city' (for students on Study Abroad programme) and ‘Migration, Criminal Justice and Citizenship' module for MA students. For 3rd Year students I teach a highly successful dissertation module called ‘Special Ethnographic Project’ conducting research among London’s homeless population, at one of local charities.

I am happy to supervise PhD students.





Research projects

Research reports/projects:


(2014) Land invasions in Peruvian Andes

(2012-2014) Social Remittances in Enlarged Europe (with Prof. Izabela Grabowska)

(2013) Polish nationals in British Trade Unions (Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw)

(2011) Substance misuse and homeless among migrants in Waltham Forest Borough

(2011) Migrapass – Project on Adult Learning among Migrants (funded by EU Leonardo)

(2010) The Unwanted - Social and Cultural determinants of alcohol abuse and homelessness among Eastern European migrants in England. Report from a study funded by the Southlands Methodist Centre

(2009) New Communities in London Borough of Lewisham.

(2009) Accession States Migrants in the London Borough of Redbridge.

(2009) Social Cohesion in London Borough of Redbridge.

(2007) Between the Local and Transnational. EU Accession States Migrants in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

(2007) Class and Ethnicity. Polish migrants in London. Report from an ESRC funded study (with J. Eade and S. Drinkwater)

(2006) Survey among Polish migrants for BBC Newsnight

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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