Alisa Petroff

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UOC since 2019. I got my degree in Sociology from the Universidad de Granada (thanks to the scholarship funded in the framework of the International Agreement between the Universidad de Granada and the Eastern European countries 2001-2005). I obtained my Master in Applied Social Research (2008-2009) and the PhD in Sociology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2009-2013) as a FPU fellow (with European mention and extraordinary award). My postdoctoral research trajectory is linked to the GEDIME/CER-Migracions from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and as academic coordinator of the Inter-university Master in International Migration (UB-UAB). My master research project “Labour trajectories of highly skilled Romanian immigrants in Barcelona” received in April 2010 the Award of the Catalan Association of Sociology for Young Sociologists. I have been a visiting research fellow at The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy University of Massachusetts Boston, Queen Mary College, University of London, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca.
My research interests are related to migration and mobility studies from a transnational perspective. More specifically I have developed research related to labour trajectories of skilled migrants in IT sectors (my PhD), return and circulatory patterns of immigrants in times of crisis, global social protection in the health care of migrant communities and gender and social cohesion of migrants and second generations.



E-mail: apetroff[at]


Selected publications

Parella, Sònia and Petroff Alisa (accepted, in press). Planning to go back home due to the economic crisis? Evidence from short-term return intentions of Bolivian migrants in Spain” Latin American Research Review (LARR).

Parella, Sònia and Petroff Alisa (2019). “Return Intentions of Bolivian Migrants During the Spanish Economic Crisis: the Interplay of Macro-Meso and Micro Factors” Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Parella, Sònia, Petroff, Alisa Speroni, Thales and Piqueras, Clara (2019): “Social Suffering and Return Migrations: A Conceptual Proposal” Apuntes 84,

Petroff, Alisa, Milios, Georgios. Pérez, Marta. (eds.). (2018). Refugees on the move. political, legal and social challenges in times of turmoil. Bellaterra: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. CER-MIGRACIONS, Servei de Publicacions (Focus on International Migration, 5). ISBN 978-84-490-7971-9. Retrieved from

Dobbs Erica, Levitt Peggy, Parella, Sònia and Petroff Alisa (2018). Social Welfare Grey Zones: How and Why Sub-National Actors Provide When Nations Do Not?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Petroff, Alisa (2017): “Training, labour and migratory trajectories of skilled Romanians in Spain: key elements explaining successful careers”, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe

Petroff, Alisa (2017): “Una aproximación a los métodos mixtos a partir de las trayectorias migratorias de profesionales rumanos en Barcelona”, Empiria. Revista de metodología de ciencias sociales, vol.36

Petroff, Alisa (2016): “Reverting the brain drain: evidence from a Romanian brain networking organization”, International Migration, doi: 10.1111/imig.12268

Petroff, Alisa (2016): From the brain drain to the brain circulation: typology of a Romanian brain network in Impact of Circular Migration on Human, Political and Civil Rights A Global Perspective, United Nations University Series on Regionalism, serie 12

Petroff, Alisa (2016): “Turning points and transitions in the migratory trajectories of skilled Romanian immigrants in Spain”, European Societies, doi: 10.1080/14616696.2016.1139158

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