Dr Zuzana Palovic

PhD Research Student


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Zuzana joined the University of Surrey as PhD Researcher on a fully-funded 3-year Faculty scholarship. Her research meets at an intersection of several academic fields, including business management, international migration, as well as the psychology of learning. She is currently exploring how the experience of corporal mobility - across the former East-West division of Europe - contributes to accelerate learning and multi-faceted knowledge acquisition between emerging and mature free-enterprise capitalist markets.

Her study explicitly explores the impacts of knowledge distribution through the process of return migration, investigating the effects of knowledge transfer into a post-communist transition economy. A CEE region, which has been positively, stimulated as a result of the circular and cyclical mobility flows that have emerged after Slovakia’s accession to the European Union in 2004.  A decade later her research monitors and maps out how such flows are helping to scale-up an entire domestic economy into global supply networks from the bottom up - via the free-moving individual.

Prior to her move to Surrey, Zuzana completed a Master’s of Science at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in Migration studies, and graduated from the program Cum Laude. In addition, she studied Sociology at Southern Illinois University (USA) on a NCAA Division 1 sports scholarship, and also achieved honorable academic mention.  On a personal note, after having lived, worked or studied across three (3) continents and eight (8) countries, it is her real-life migration experiences that have most profoundly influenced her desire to understand, as well as map out the significance of the international migration experience.



Palovic, Zuzana. "A Quarter of a Century Later – Central Europe: A Region Transforming Through Migration". Cross-Border Migration and its Implications for the Central European Area. Lubomir Faltan. 1st ed. Bratislava: UNESCO MOST Programme, 2015. 260-276. Print.

Palovic, Z., Kam, S., Janta, H., Cohen, S., & Williams, A. (2014). Surrey think tank–Reconceptualising Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) travel. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, 2(4), 266-268.

Conferences attended

Surrey Think Tank - Reconceptualising Visiting Friends & Relatives (VFR) Travel
University of Surrey; 13 June 2013

Fielding Challenges - Fielding challenges, challenging the field:  The methodologies of mobility
University of Oxford; 27–28 September 2013

Re-Turn Project - Return migration and regional development in Central and Eastern Europe
Budapest, Hungary; 7-9 November 2013

Migration Graduate Conference on Method & Theory
University of Sussex; 8-9 April 2014

Skonferencia: Prečo Sa (Ne)Vrátiť Domov
Kings College London; 25 October 2014

MOST / UNESCO Subregional International Conference - Cross-Border migration and its implications for the Central European Area
Bratislava, Slovakia; 5-8 November 2014

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