Dr Beatrice Scutaru

History, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies

(01) 474 7173


Dr Beatrice Scutaru is a Lecturer in International History. After completing a PhD at the University of Angers (France), she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Padua (Italy) and an Assistant Professor at Dublin City University.  

A historian of modern and contemporary Europe, she specialises in transnational history, migration & diaspora, childhood and the Cold War. Dr Scutaru recently co-edited Child Migration and Biopolitics. Old and New Experiences in Europe (Routledge 2020). The volume adopts 'biopolitics' as a theoretical framework to offer a fresh interdisciplinary analysis into the lives of migrant children and youth over the course of the 20th century and up to the present day. She also co-authored the first synthetic overview of the institutionalisation of young girls and women in 
Bon Pasteur institutions (France) during the second half of the 20th century (under review Presses Universitaires de Rennes).  

She has been collaborating on a large international research project looking at memories and experiences of childhood during communism. Dr Scutaru is currently working on a comparative history of child migration across the Iron Curtain, during the Cold War.

Research Interests

Modern & Contemporary European History, Migration & Refugee Studies, Eastern Europe, History of Childhood & Youth, Identity/Belonging

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Child Migration during the Cold War PI /
Risk and Migration. A Transnational History of Romanian Migration to Western Europe’ PI European Union / EU / 01-OCT-15 30-SEP-17
History of the French Child Protection System during the second half of the 20th century’ Co-PI / 01-SEP-14
Connecting Europe: Relations between French and Romanian Societies from the 1960s to 1995’ PI / 01-SEP-08 31-AUG-11

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Knowing Central and Eastern Europe / Connaissance de l’Europe médiane (Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) member /
Society for the History of Children and Youth member /
Irish Association for Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies (IARCES) member /
Children’s History Society UK member /
IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) member /


  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Fluent Functional Fluent
Italian Fluent Functional Fluent

Teaching Interests

International History, Modern & Contemporary European History, History of Migration, History of Childhood and Youth

Currently coordinating the following modules (2021-22):
HY832 - PhD Research Tutorial l
HY293 - Modern Europe (1911-1945)
HY3010 - The Global Cold War

MA European History
HY684 - Readings in Modern European History II (topic: migration)

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Reconnect / Recollect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods FINLAND
Child Migration and Belonging
History of the French Child Protection System during the second half of the 20th century FRANCE