Professor Karen O'Reilly - Professorial Research Fellow

Karen is the Professorial Research Fellow on the project. Her responsibilities on the project include conducting primary research with UK citizens who have made Andalusia their homes and helping with the design of the citizens’ panel.

Through her research on British migrants living in Spain in the 1990s, she set the agenda for the sociological study of British migration. This work, published as The British on the Costa del Sol (2000, Routledge) is the best known books about this population and dispels many of the myths about Britons living abroad. She has more recently been complementing this with research on Britons living and working in Malaysia and Thailand. She is also known for her book International Migration and Social Theory (2012, Palgrave) which won the CHOICE outstanding academic title award.

Karen has been writing about her research with the British on the Costa del Sol since the late 1990s! Here’s a selection of the things she has published: 

O’Reilly, K., 2011, “Children’s moving stories: how the children of British lifestyle migrants cope with super-diversity” in Waldren, J., I.M. Kaminski (eds.), Learning from the children: culture and identity in a changing world, Berghahn Books.

O’Reilly, K., 2010, “Hosts and Guests, Guests and Hosts: British residential tourism in the Costa del Sol”, in Obrador Pons, P., P. Travlou, M. Crang (eds.) Doing Tourism: A Cultural Approach of Mediterranean Mass Tourism, Ashgate.

O’Reilly, K., C. Oliver, 2010, A Bourdieusian Analysis of Class and Migration: habitus and the individualising processSociology, 44(1): 49-66.

O’Reilly, K., 2007, Intra-European Migration and the Mobility-Enclosure DialecticSociology, 41: 277-293.

O’Reilly, K., 2003, When is a tourist? The Articulation of Tourism and Migration in Spain’s Costa del SolTourist Studies, 3(3): 301-317.

O’Reilly, K., 2002, Britain in Europe/The British in Spain. Exploring Britain’s changing relationship to the otherNations and Nationalism, 8(2): 179-194.

O’Reilly, K., 2000, The New Europe/ Old Boundaries: British migrants in SpainJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 22 (4): 477-491.

O’Reilly, K., 2000, The British on the Costa del Sol: transnational identities and local communities, London: Routledge.

This website has been produced as part of the research project BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of British citizens resident in the EU27. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Number ES/R000875/1) through the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.