Dr Aleksandar Marinov

Dr Aleksandar G. Marinov

Post-doctorate (University of St Andrews), PhD (Swansea University), MA (London Metropolitan University), BA (Northeastern Illinois University)


Contact Details

Email: agm27@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462883
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914





Research Interests

Aleksandar has many and diverse academic and non-academic interests but one of them proves to be prevailing and it revolves around the field of Romani Studies. His foray into academia started in Engineering Physics (which proved to be an outstandingly poor attempt). After realising his interests (and skill set) did not lie in engineering, Aleksandar pursued a Political Science - major (BA) and Spanish –minor, International Relations (MA) and Geography – PhD. Being a Roma himself, Aleksandar’s research interests evolved naturally and he has focused on the Roma and specifically issues relating to their “identity”, migration and culture.

Aleksandar has been a ‘traveller’ and has been living away since his High School graduation in his birthplace Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been travelling for the purpose of studies and work which is not atypical for most people in today’s age. As Zygmunt Bauman (1925 – 2017) has put it, we need to be mobile in today’s ‘liquid modernity’ in order to survive and Aleksandar’s most recent travels has brought him to St Andrews where he is a research fellow in Romani Studies.

Aleksandar has obtained his BA honours with distinction in Political Science (major) and Spanish (minor) from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA; His MA is in International Relations from London Metropolitan University and his PhD research is the culmination of his own personal and academic enquiry which studied the relationship between migration and his Romani identity. He got his PhD degree in 2016 from Swansea University, Wales, in Human Geography.

Current Research Project

Aleksandar is a research fellow in the project ‘Roma Interbellum – Roma Civic Emancipation Between the Two World Wars’

Main Publications

Book Chapters

  • Marinov, Aleksandar. 2016. Romanipe: Roma Identities in Migration. In: Marushiakova, Elena and Vesselin Popov, eds. 2016. Roma Culture: Myths and Realities. Munich: Lincom Academic Publisher, pp. 211-236.



  • Marinov, A. (2008). The Role of the EU in the Integration of the Roma. The Case of Italy (Master’s thesis). London Metropolitan University
  • Marinov, A. (2015). Inward Looking: The impact of migration on ‘Romanipe’ from the Romani perspective (Doctoral dissertation). Swansea University


  • Recipient of the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies 2017
  • Recipient of the Roma International Scholarship Program funding 2007; 2012, Open Society Foundations 2013, 2014
  • European Academic Network on Romani Studies research grant Flensburg, Germany European Center for Minority Issues March-May, 2013
  • “Training and Socialization of Young Roma Activists into Positions of Political and Civic Leadership in Bulgarian State and Society” awarded by the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Institute for Regional and International Studies Sofia, Bulgaria 2010