Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu

Reader in Media and Communication
Institute for Social Responsibility Fellow (Research and External Funding)

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I am a media, diaspora and migration scholar with research expertise in digital diasporas, the politics of migration and minority political engagement and activism.


I have a PhD in Media & Communication from the University of Westminster, an MPhil in Nationalism Studies from Central European University and an MA in European Studies from Babeș-Bolyai University. I have held research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and La Sapienza, Università di Roma.

Administrative Roles

  • Deputy Director, Migration Working Group North West
  • Departmental ethics and research support


Media Representations, Research Methods in Communication, Politics of Migration, Transnational Media.


My recent research projects have centred on the role of media and public discourse in Eastern European migration and diaspora politics; digital media initiatives that oppose populism and mitigate traumatic political change; diaspora visibility and representation in public discourse; prosumers and the role of online communities in dismantling the production monopolies of the traditional creative industries; digitally supported political engagements, micro-politics and new forms of agency and citizenship. As a former journalist, I have a lifelong interest in the role of media in representing diversity, media being used strategically by various political groups and media aiding processes of identity formation. I am currently writing a book entitled Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe: Media, Policy and Public Discourse, which is being published with Routledge

Doctoral Supervision

I have been supervising projects on the radicalization of the Istanbul Film Festival audience during Gezi Park; return migration to Albania; post-communist nostalgia in Bulgarian film; the representation of the Roma in Serbian cinema; the impact of refugees on local communities in Liverpool; refugee perception of social workers and migration policy in Glasgow; Pakistani diaspora engagement with homeland politics.

Recent Publications

Vathi, Z. and R. Trandafoiu (2020). ‘EU Nationals in the UK after BREXIT: Political Engagement through Discursive Awareness, Reflexivity and (In)Action.’ Journal of Language and Politics, 44(7): 1156-1176.

Poole, C and R. Trandafoiu (2020) ‘Constructing Nationhood in a Transnational Context: BBC’s 2016 War and Peace’. In Stewart, M. and R. Munro (Eds) Intercultural Screen Adaptations. British and Global Case Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Trandafoiu, R. (2019) ‘Tale of Two (or #EverMore) Festivals: Electronic Music in a Transylvanian Town.’ In Mazierska, E. and Z. Győri (Eds) Eastern European Popular Music in a Transnational Context. Beyond the Borders, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Trandafoiu, R. and C. Poole (2018) ‘The Past and “The Way We Live Now”: Andrew Davies’s Screen Adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and War & Peace’, The Midwest Quarterly. A Journal of Contemporary Thought, 60(1): 87-110.

Poole C. and R. Trandafoiu (2018) ‘Migration, Symbolic Geography and Contrapuntal Identities When Death Comes to Pemberley’. In Cutchins, D., Krebs, K. and E. Voigts (Eds) Routledge Companion to Adaptation, London: Routledge.

Cena, E., D. Heim and R. Trandafoiu (2018) ‘Changing places: children of return migrants in Albania and their quest to belong’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(7): 1156-1176.

Trandafoiu, R (2016) ‘Manele, Symbolic Geography and Music Cosmopolitanism in Romania’, Popular Music History 11(1), special issue on Eastern European Popular Music, edited by E.H. Mazierska and Z. Győri, 61-79.

Yilmaz, A., Trandafoiu, R. and A. Mousoutzanis Eds. (2014) Media and Cosmopolitanism. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Trandafoiu, R. (2014) ‘The World on a Plate’: Transformed Cosmopolitan Utopia in Food Blog Culture. In Yilmaz, A., Trandafoiu, R. and A. Mousoutzanis (Eds) Media and Cosmopolitanism, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Balch, A., Balabanova, E. and R. Trandafoiu (2014) ‘A Europe of rights and values? Public debates on Sarkozy’s Roma affair in France, Bulgaria and Romania’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(8): 1154-1174.

Krüger, S. and R. Trandafoiu Eds (2013) The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism. New York: Routledge.

Trandafoiu, R. (2013) Diaspora Online: Identity Politics and Romanian Migrants. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

External Activities

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and have been an external examiner for postgraduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle, Kingston University, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Ulster and Brunel University.


Romanian Ambassador’s Award for outstanding intellectual contribution regarding the Romanian community in the UK, 2013.

ERIC Top Paper Award, International Communication Association annual conference, Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division, London 2013.

AHRC Peer Review College, Gold Standard Letter award for outstanding contribution to the work of the AHRC in 2019.

Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title Award for Routledge Companion to Adaptation, recognizing originality, uniqueness, importance in building undergraduate library collections, and overall excellence in presentation.

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