School of Social and Political Science

Llibert Mendez de Vigo Arnau

Job Title

PhD candidate


My research focuses on the intersection of food practices, class identity and the migrant experience. Operating within Pierre Bourdieu’s framework, I aim to uncover the ways in which high skilled, intra-European migrants understand and negotiate their pre and post migration class identities by cultural means, focusing on food related practices. My research aims to look into the migrant experiences of individuals belonging to the newest wave of Spanish migrants in Edinburgh ( part of the migrant wave resultant of 2007 global economic downturn). Their accounts will be compared to the ones from Spanish migrants established in Edinburgh and who do not seem to belong to such wave.



BA with Honors in Sociology with Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University

MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Teaching experience

Tutor: Key Concepts in Global Social Change

Tutor: Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination I

Tutor: Sociology 1B: Private Troubles, Public Problems

Facilitator: The Social Life of Food

Research experience

2019 - Impact Assessment on Carbon Free Food project by Fyne Futures Ltd. in the Isle of Bute, Scotland. Commisionned by the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations and The Scottish Goverment.

2013 - Research Internship. Parental engagement  in Primary and Secondary Education. Learning Directorate, The Scottish Government


18 May 2017,  "The performance of collective food practices by Spanish migrants in Edinburgh",  ‘Bridg’it!’: Studying food, flavours and eating across the Channel and the North Sea' , INRA-IFRO-FRIED workshop, Gif sur Yvette (Paris), France

20 April 2017, "The Flag as a Tablecloth: Food Practices of the New Spanish Immigrant Community in Edinburgh"  , 'New Directions' sociology conference, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


2018 - Alice Brown Scholarship


Member of the British Sociological Association

Member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society

Member of the Food Researchers In Edinburgh (FRIED) network, which counts with more than 80 researchers across several Edinburgh-based and Scottish universities.

Co-convenor of STUFFED (Students of Food From Edinburgh) – the student-led arm of FRIED.

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