The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Adél Pásztor

Lecturer in Sociology


On research leave in Semester 2 / 2020-21

Adél Pásztor is a Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University. Following her PhD in Sociology in 2005 (Corvinus University Budapest), she held two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships: she was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute Florence (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European Forum 2006-7) and a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (TIES RTN, 2007-9). She also worked as a lecturer at Northumbria University (2010-13) and was a visiting fellow at Oxford University (Dept. of Sociology), the Austrian Academy of Social Sciences (Vienna), and the European University Institute (Dept. of Social and Political Sciences). 

Adél teaches the core research methods module within the department since 2013. She also offers a postgraduate module on social divisions (alternate years), and a very popular optional module on Educational inequalities in a global age. She won the NUSU Teaching Excellence Award in the category of: Taught Supervisor of the Year in 2017. She has been the Admission Tutor for Sociology (between 2017-20; previously, Outreach and Engagement Officer, 2013-6). She also convened the Power, Inequality and Citizenship cluster (2015-17). Externally, she is actively engaged in the Marie Curie Alumni Association where she founded and chaired the Career Development Working Group (2016-17). She is the founding member of the EducEight Group, a network that organised a number of international workshops and conferences for PhD students and early career researchers since 2007. Adél is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2011) and an editorial board member of the British Journal of Sociology of Education (since 2017).

She is regularly asked to peer-review:
- journal articles for: International Migration Review; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Sociological Research Online; Sociological Perspectives; Studies in Higher Education; Higher Education; Educational Research; Journal of Youth Studies; Globalisation, Societies and Education.
book proposals for Palgrave Macmillan, SAGE Publishing, Polity and Routledge;
- research grant applications for the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

Dr Pásztor is taking on new doctoral students wishing to pursue research in any of the areas listed below. Potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch via email (

-  Doctoral education, Post-Docs, academic careers, casualisation and precarity in academia
-  International student mobility; degree mobility; highly skilled migration
-  Higher education: access, choice, experience and graduate outcomes
-  Educational inequalities: especially social class and race/ethnicity



Google Scholar profile:






​I have done considerable research on educational inequalities in the past, namely on: ethnic inequalities in educational achievement and attainment; exploring questions of higher education choice, aspirations, and access of non-traditional students; the HE experience of ethnic minority students; access to international student mobility, and the doctorate. I also carried out research on the internationalization of HE and the Bologna process and was involved in a cross-national survey project on the social and educational integration of the children of immigrants across Europe (the so called "second generation"). Methodologically speaking, I gained experience in a range of research methods from in-depth interviewing to the secondary analysis of large-scale data-sets. My past research projects involved fieldwork in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. 

My current research interests focus specifically on doctoral education and international student mobility. I recently conducted research on international doctoral students studying at elite universities in the UK and a British Academy funded project on access to doctoral study. The findings, showing that doctoral education opportunities in the UK are strongly determined by UG educational choices, generated considerable interest from policy makers and the media. Currently I am planning a new project on 
Academic careers in the age of precarity.


Co-organiser of an international symposium on Imagining Citizenship in an Era of Fragility: Questions of Inequality, Identity and Memory (14-15 March 2017)

Symposium on Negotiating reform in contemporary Higher Education: The question of ‘student engagement" (September, 2015). The event successfully brought together researchers, administrators as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Organiser of an international conference on Ethnicity and Education: Old Issues, New Insights (July, 2012)  with six keynote speakers and participants from UK and Europe.

PHD STUDENTS (past and present):

  • Cristian Moreh: Multiple dimensions of East-European immigration to the UK: The Romanian and the Hungarian case 
  • Andreea CiureaRethinking remittance flows of Romanian students and graduates
  • George Stobbart: Can the presence of children in asylum seeker and refugee families enhance community cohesion in a socially disadvantaged urban locality? 


  • SOC2069: Researching Social Life I (module leader)
  • SOC3096: Educational inequalities in a global age (module leader)
  • SOC8034: Social Divisions and Inequality (module leader - alternate years)
Modules taught
  • SOC2070: Researching Social Life II (UG core - 2013-16)
  • SOC1031: Knowing in Sociology: An Introduction to Theory, Methods and Epistemology (UG core - 2010/11)
  • SO0907 Advanced Research Methods (PGT core - 2010/13)
  • SO0906 Social Research Methods (PGT core - 2010/13)
  • SO0715 Social Research: Theory and Practice (UG core - 2010/13)
  • SO0833 Crossing Borders: Immigrants and the Second Generation (UG option - 2010/13)
  • SO0719 Sociology of Education (UG Option - 2012/13)
  • SO0605 Life stories (UG core - 2010/13)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (PGR - 2007/9 – TIES RTN)
  • Using SPSS in Quantitative Research (PGR - 2007/9 – TIES RTN)
  • Social Research Methods (PGR - 2007/9 – ISHSS University of Amsterdam)
  • Introduction to Sociology (UG - 2002/3 & 2003/4 – Corvinus University Budapest)