Catherine Harris

Senior research fellow: EU labour migration, University of Birmingham

Catherine studied Geography (MA Hons) at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2005. She completed a MA in International Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2007, which was awarded with distinction. She gained her PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2012.

Her PhD investigated the experiences of Polish migrant entrepreneurs in the West Midlands region of the UK and is the first large-scale study of its kind. Her research has attracted interest internationally and has been disseminated in both the print and broadcast media.

Catherine's expertises lie in the fields of entrepreneurship and enterprise, ethnic entrepreneurship, social difference, EU enlargement, EU migration, Polish migration and the Polish community in the UK.

Methodologically, Catherine’s interest is in qualitative and ethnographic research.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in EU migration and ethnic entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield


  • 2012 
    University of Birmingham, PhD Human Geography
  • 2007 
    University of Birmingham, MA International Studies
  • 2005 
    University of Oxford , MA (Hons) Geography