In the shadow of Brexit: Portraits of EU families in London

This photo project is part of the EU families and their children in Brexiting Britain: renegotiating inclusion, citizenship and belonging’s study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative. The overall research investigates how families with EU27 parents are managing the change and uncertainty brought by the referendum, and... Continue Reading →

Rethinking nursing in an era of superdiversity

On Monday, 16 October, IRiS and the School of Nursing hosted our first joint workshop, Superdiverse Nursing - "What is the patient experience?". The workshop aimed to explore the opportunities a superdiverse nursing workforce could offer in improving the patient experience in a number of healthcare settings. The event opened with a keynote address from Professor... Continue Reading →

The tower: Diary of an EU citizen in the UK (26)

The Grenfell Tower is a microcosm of London’s superdiversity and income inequality.

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London’s burning, London’s burning.

Fetch the engines, fetch the engines.

Fire fire, Fire Fire!

Pour on water, pour on water.

My son is in Year 1, last term the 1666 fire of London was the core theme of his school activities – he made dramatic fire-related artwork, he learned about fire and wood houses, firefighters and the pain of those who survived. They were read passages of Samuel Pepys diary. He asked a thousand questions. He wanted to know if our home is safe. In his school diary he wrote: People were fleeing like meerkats; the flames were like dolphins jumping on a flat sea. He sang and sang this song.

How do I tell my son, how do we tell our children that in 2017 London is burning again? How can we explain to a 6-year- old that someone like him in London had half of his classmates vanished…

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Birmingham heroes: Migration & displacement

The University of Birmingham is at the forefront of research into migration and displacement. The Birmingham Heroes campaign is celebrating the work being carried out at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), the first institute in the UK and one of the first globally, to focus on migration, displacement and superdiversity. The ongoing ‘refugee... Continue Reading →

The challenge of superdiversity for urban planning

by Simon Pemberton (UPWEB, Keele University) Given my eclectic background as a practising urban planner, research institute director (on social inclusion) and (more lately) human geographer, I have become increasingly interested in the implications of increasing super-diversity for urban planning, as well as the equality of outcomes of planning practices. To this end, I have... Continue Reading →

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