Dora-Olivia Vicol DPhil Social Anthropology

Olivia is a DPhil candidate in Social Anthropology sponsored by the ESRC. Her main research interest is in the politics and practice of precarious work, particularly that affecting Eastern European nationals in the UK. Her doctoral project explores this theme through the lens of Romanian migration. By conducting multi-sited fieldwork in a Romanian village and the London borough of Barnet, she traces Romanian migrants’ gendered trajectories into the UK’s poorly paid, unprotected and insecure employment.

Olivia holds a degree in Cultural Studies, and an ESRC MA in Social Research from the University of Birmingham. Alongside her doctoral research, her work spans across teaching, engagement with third sector and local government organisations, as well as a level of activism. In 2015 she helped found the Work Rights Centre, a charity dedicated to assisting EU nationals in accessing their employment rights, and to campaigning for a more effective prevention of precarious work. Since 2016, Olivia has been a contributor the Oxford’s Migration Studies MSc.


Vicol, D.O. & Allen, W. (2014) Bulgarians and Romanians in the British national press, The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford

Vicol, D.O. (2014) Immigration justice: book review, St Antony’s International Review, Vol 9, No 3

Vicol, D.O. (2016) Paradoxically European: how a spike in xenophobia re-values EU citizenship, COMPAS blog

Vicol, D.O. (2016) The Conservative migration plan: does it work for anyone?, COMPAS blog

Vicol, D.O. (2017) Permanent Residence and the power of bureaucracy, COMPAS blog