IRiS International Conference 2017: global perspectives on research co-production with communities

The Institute for Research into Super diversity (IRiS) will be hosting its fourth annual conference in partnership with The Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne at the University of Birmingham on 14 and 15 September 2017. The conference will draw together academics, community-based practitioners and researchers, policy makers and doctoral researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to consider various…

Rethinking integration. JEMS special issue on adaptation and settlement in the era of super-diversity

New Special Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies published. Special Issue: Rethinking integration. New perspectives on adaptation and settlement in the era of super-diversity is available from the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (jems). Featuring articles from IRiS Director Professor Jenny Phillimore, and IRiS members Dr Rachel Humphris, Dr Susanne Wessendorf and…

Welcoming Cities? Understanding sanctuary in securitised states

Dr Rachel Humphris has recently been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a three year research project Welcoming Cities? Understanding sanctuary in securitised states. The project is an international comparative study of city-level responses to national anti-migrant attitudes across Australia, USA and UK . Governments in Australia, the USA and the UK have recently adopted…

The quest for home of European Somali families in Britain

Brexit has created many challenges for EU families and their children who had made the decision to migrate to live in the UK. More importantly, it has unsettled their notions of ‘home’ for the majority of them. The questions of ‘where home is?’ and ‘where one belongs to?’ hit hardest particularly upon the secondary-migrant Somalian…

Refugee week 2017

World Refugee Day takes place each year on June 20 and to support the day the UK will host its own refugee week from June 19-25. Activities which take place during this week are a celebration of diversity, and the rich cultural, social, economic and artistic contributions of refugees to the UK. Refugee week started…

Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: vulnerabilities, inequalities and responses

Professor Jenny Phillimore has secured funding from the Europe and Global Challenges Programme to lead a new research project to examine Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: vulnerabilities, inequalities and responses. The project will use a constructionist approach to examine refugees’ experience of SGBV across the refugee journey.  Supported by Dr Lisa Goodson,…

Mass migration and real estate in European cities

Dr Lisa Goodson has recently completed a report funded by the Urban Land Institute to examine the innovations in social housing being driven by rapid scale immigration. The report, Mass migration and real estate in European cities, highlights how immigration has brought changes to the structure of cities, bringing about a need for multi-sectoral responses in areas such…

Racial cities: the segregation of Romani people in urban Europe

Dr Giovanni Picker recently joined IRiS as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow. Dr Picker’s latest book Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe is now available through Routledge. Racial Cities is the first comprehensive analysis of the segregation of Romani people in Europe, providing a fine-tuned and in-depth explanation of this phenomenon….

Brexit a window on contemporary processes, says Zygmunt Bauman

By Emilee Moore, University of Leeds On 5th October 2016, Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman spoke at the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds on the topic of ‘Europe’s Adventure: Still Unfinished?’ The lecture was part of a series of events taking place at the University of Leeds around the subject of Brexit. Prof. Bauman began…