Violeta Vajda is a Romani Studies researcher with the University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies. Violeta's PhD seeks to highlight the ways in which a small Romani community in Transylvania (Romania) has brought about their own development in the context of recent changes in their identity post-1989. Specifically, it explores how people in this community have articulated, understood and furthered their sense of identity, in a context of severe discrimination and racism; how this identity has been shaped or has developed in resistance to racism and internalised racism; and how the project of identity formation has been influenced by Pentecostal Christian faith. Violeta's professional background is in international development, mainly focused on the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Violeta is Hungarian and Romanian and lives in London with her mother and her 6 year old son whose paternal family are Romani.