Volha Vysotskaya is a research scientist at the department of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg. She obtained her PhD in Social Sciences in the field of Social Change, Population Dynamics, and the Life Course at the Bremen International Graduate School of social Sciences (BIGSSS), Germany.
Prior to joining the University she worked in a private sector for a public consultancy Etudes et Formation, Luxembourg. Having gained experience in the practitioners’ field, in 2015 she joined the University of Luxembourg as a post-doctorate researcher specifically for H2020 project “Mapping mobility – pathways, institutions, and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe (2015-2018).
Since then she has been working on policy evaluation reports, such as: “Focal Point in Luxembourg for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRANET)” as well as research projects, such as “Social capital in the integration of young migrants in Luxembourg. Theory and practice (SOCAMI)” - funded by the Ministry of Family and Integration and the Great Region.
She has gained extensive research experience in working for numerous national as well as European projects. Under the FRANET, she has contributed to projects that evaluated migration as well as discrimination policies. With a team of researchers within Action Enfance she has measured social capital in children and young adults in foster care. This expertise has allowed her to further deepen the role of social capital among young migrants in Luxembourg with a team of researchers under the project of SOCAMI. In addition to this, she has developed and taken part in complex fieldwork with the colleagues in Higher School of Economics working on values in transition countries (Russia).