Špela is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2017-2020) working on a research project entitled “Toward a diasporic postsocialism: ‘race’, migration, and genealogies of encounter”. The project explores postsocialist and postcolonial encounters in the context of contemporary migrant politics in Britain, with a particular focus on historicising Central and East European migrants' articulations of race, coloniality, and state socialism against a broader background of Cold War internationalism. Prior to taking up the fellowship, Špela obtained her PhD in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, with a project on intergenerational memory among migrants from former Yugoslavia. During her PhD she was an Early Career Fellow in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB), and has also worked at SOAS as a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA Migration and Diaspora Studies.
In Spring 2019/2020, Špela is co-convening SO337 Racism and Xenophobia alongside Dr Hannah Jones.