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Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism and Identity

The Faculty is home to academics carrying out cutting edge research in the area of people movement and its consequences. This multidisciplinary research community benefits from the expertise of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, the UK's leading research centre in the areas of race, migration and ethnic relations. Major new research on creolization, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will add to the existing range of expertise in the Faculty.

People Movement

The Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations is at the forefront of research into the experience of minority ethnic groups in the UK and Western Europe and is expanding its programme to include projects on Central Europe and the developing world. Research on specific migrations includes work on Muslims in Western Europe, the Hindu diaspora, people trafficking and the slave societies of the Southern United States.

Legal, Political and Economic Responses to People Movement

Researchers have worked extensively on the responses of host nations and regions to the arrival of migrants and refugees, especially in the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations and the School of Law, where asylum and immigration law is a research area. Research also covers race relations law, the economic participation of refugees and employment strategies towards migrants.


Study of the ways in which minority communities respond to their situation forms a major part of the work of our researchers, who examine issues like ethnic relations, mixed identities, citizenship, nationality, transnationalism and the political and economic involvement of minority communities. Much of this work is based in the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations. In addition, the Centre for English Language Teacher Education looks at the cross-cultural issues arising from English language teaching.

People Movement - Gender and Health

Researchers are working on the gender aspects of people movement, particularly the position of women in Britain and France, and the health of migrants and ethnic minorities.


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