This blog is run by researchers at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham. We welcome contributions to the blog from researchers, practitioners, policy makers and anyone willing to reflect and discuss constructively on superdiversity and its consequences.
IRiS works to advance and promote the University’s expertise in the emerging field of superdiversity. We use an interdisciplinary approach to researching superdiversity bringing together over 60 academics from four colleges and 15 different schools and departments including social policy, politics, theology, education, psychology, geography and sports sciences. Together we seek to answer the globally, nationally and locally important questions that emerge at the nexus of migration, faith, language, ethnicity and culture. We work to drive forward the research, practice and policy agendas around superdiversity generating advanced, high quality research to underpin theory building, knowledge generation, policy making and public debate about the demographic, social, political and cultural changes brought by international migration, globalization and transnationalism and manifested in the increased complexity and stratification of contemporary societies.
We address important issues related to: population dynamics, security, cohesion and integration, identity, global networks, rights and citizenship, service delivery, well-being, social exclusion, and the opportunities that a superdiverse society offers to support economic recovery.
We use our location in Birmingham, one of the UK’s most diverse cities, to inspire and focus our research but our reach is global.