Areas of Expertise

MIGRATION, DIASPORA AND CITIZENSHIP

Our research covers theoretical, sociological and policy aspects of migration at local, national and international level. Main themes include migration and integration policies, diasporas and migrant communities – including hard to reach groups and new migrants – asylum seekers and refugees, family and skilled migrations. We also focus on issues of identity, diversity and ethnicity in multicultural cities, as well as migrants’ rights, citizenship and statelessness.

EQUALITY AND DISCRIMINATION

Our expertise relates to equality as a human right and to all forms of discrimination – including gender, race, religion, disability, age and sexual orientation. Recent international projects have explored issues of multiple discrimination at European comparative level, looking at the intersection of discrimination grounds which compound inequality and on gender and migration in particular.

RELIGION AND SOCIETY

This area has been approached from a number of different angles, including the human rights and religion. Recent and on-going research include a study of the right to be free from religious discrimination and the right to manifest religion through the wearing of religious symbols, as well as projects on radicalisation and extremism.

WELFARE NEEDS AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

Members of the centre have been researching changing welfare needs and access to service in relation to a number of groups and communities. In particular, we have focused on health, housing and education services, the effects of welfare restructuring, the role of community organisations and user engagement. Members of the SPRC are currently involved in a 5-year, €6.4 million EU project on Early School Leaving in Europe.

URBAN POLICY AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

We have explored processes of socio-economic change and their consequences for urban and regional policy across a variety of spatial scales. Recent projects have investigated labour markets, the social economy, informal activities and social capital development, particularly in relation to social exclusion and regeneration of deprived areas.

HUMAN SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

We have explored new understandings of the nature and meaning of security. Recent projects have focused on globalization, rivalry and cooperation in the Arctic, the Black Sea Region and other regional contexts, gender, poverty and disasters. Our publications cover a broad range of specific subjects, from the social and environmental impact of pesticide-use to the social significance of international football.

RESEARCH METHODS

Members of the SPRC are highly experienced in a wide range of research methodologies and tools, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, participatory observation, literature and policy reviews, computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, survey administration (including online surveys), statistical analysis, data mapping, spatial analysis and data visualisation. The centre actively promotes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and runs an MSc in Research Methods.