Dr. Raul Carstocea

Dr Raul Carstocea focuses on nation-building in the 19th and 20th centuries and its impact on minorities. He specialises in the history of minority groups in Central and Eastern Europe, and phenomena such as xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism. His expertise in discrimination and racism against minorities is helping to inform how to best support these communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr Carstocea is currently developing a project to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the Roma minority in Moldova, one of the most discriminated minorities in Europe. As a community living mostly in rural areas, with a high poverty rate and often experiencing very poor housing conditions - including access to clean water - the Roma are especially vulnerable and in urgent need of special assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. These factors are amplified as the Roma are exposed to systemic racism, including allegations about poor hygiene and accusations of carrying and spreading disease. As a result, there has been a significant increase in racist incidents in the context of the pandemic.

This project is part of the University of Leicester’s portfolio of Global Challenges Research Fund projects, carrying out cutting-edge research in partnership with local universities, policymakers and communities that addresses the challenges faced by countries experiencing chronic disadvantage.