Stakeholder Event: School Engagement and Youth Transitions. Findings of the project

Disseminating new findings from the project Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (, our team from the  Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University and the University of Sheffield organised a half day event on the 9th of June 2017. The event brought together stakeholders, policy makers and researchers working on education and school-to-work transitions at a European, national and local level, with a focus on London.

Delegates were welcomed by MP Stephen Timms, followed by an introduction to the project by Prof Louise Ryan. The research team then presented some of the findings of their extensive research:

  • Dr Alessio D’Angelo and Neil Kaye: Preventing NEET by promoting engagement at school. Insights from a large-scale survey of young people in London
  • Prof Louise Ryan and Magdolna Lőrinc: The Opportunities and Challenges of Apprenticeships in England: alternative learning arenas or sites of exploitation

This was followed by a panel of young apprentices who took part in the research, then a round-table discussion on the Challenges of youth transition, youth unemployment and NEET with:

  • Yolande Burgess – London Councils
  • Peter Mathews – Ealing Connexions
  • Elaine Runswick – Barnet Council with Cambridge Education
  • Shelagh O’Connor – New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Mary Vine-Morris – Association of Colleges
  • Laura Walsh – YMCA

For the conference programme, follow this this link.


The project Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( sought to investigate the patterns of and underlining reasons behind young people’s disengagement from education and leaving school without qualifications. In so doing, we have undertaken 5 years of intensive research with young people, schools, colleges, parents, employers, local authorities, NGOs, national and international policy makers. We have identified a range of complex challenges facing young people today, but also the diverse array of intervention measures put in place to support them.

The event represents a key stage in the development of the ‘Stakeholders Engagement Platform’ of and allows the research team to identify ways in which their research findings can have wider impact by informing the work of national and local education practitioners and policymakers.



Toolkit launch on 10 June 2016

Schooling in England: a toolkit for newly arrived migrant parents and practitioners working with migrants

The aim of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to help migrant families and practitioners negotiate the school system and to suggest ways in which to support children settle into school and in progressing through primary school and the transition to secondary school.


1.00pm Registration and Lunch

1.30pm to 4.00pm Presentations


Social Policy Research Centre, at Middlesex University, is celebrating 25 years (1990-2015) at the cutting edge of researching diversity, migration  and inequalities.  To mark this occasion we are organising a one-day event on Wednesday 4th March to celebrate the work of the centre over the last quarter of a century.  We are also inviting some of the founder members to reflect on the achievements of the centre.  There will be presentations from the staff team highlighting our particular contribution to work on family migration policies, migrant children and education, engaging with diverse communities, visual mapping of changing populations, and working with ethnic minority and women’s organisations.The event will be followed by Prof Louise Ryan’s inaugural lecture on Getting worked up about Networks: how to make friends and influence people’. Buffet and drinks will be provided afterwards.

Click here to see the full programme.

The event is free but it is essential to pre-book a place.

Call for Papers – Workshop on Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism

Workshop date: 25 February 2015
Place: Middlesex University, London, UK
Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2014

This workshop will explore the various ways in which contemporary international migration and transnationalism affect Catholicism both as practices and institutionally.

Abstracts for papers on particular case-studies which illustrate dimensions of the diversity of ways in which migration and transnationalism are making their mark on Catholicism are welcome.

Please send abstracts (200 words + title), together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and discipline to Dominic Pasura and Marta Bivand Erdal by 15 November 2014.

Click here for more information on the workshop.

SPRC Project ‘French Capital’ featured on the ESRC Homepage

The highly successful project French Capital: A Study of French Highly-skilled Migrants in London’s Financial and Business Sectors lead by Dr Jon Mulholland and Prof Louise Ryan has been featured on the ESRC homepage as a special feature article: London calling for French expats. This project has been a huge success spawning not only a very well attended international conference but so far 5 articles in highly cited international journals and numerous presentations at international and national conferences.

For more information about the project, please click here


Religion and Gender – latest issue online

  • Guest editors: Louise Ryan and Elena Vacchelli

Religion and Gender has just published its latest issue. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit the Religion and Gender website to download articles and items of interest.

Vol 3, No 1 (2013): Gender, Religion and Migration

Guest Editorial

Introduction: Gender, Religion and Migration

  • Louise Ryan, Elena Vacchelli

Articles (special issue)

“This is Not the Holy Land”: Gendered Filipino Migrants in Israel and the Intersectional Diversity of Religious Belonging

  • Vivienne Jackson

 Politics as a Vocation: Prayer, Civic Engagement and the Gendered Re-Enchantment of the City

  • Amy Duffuor, Alana Harris

 Religion, Migration and Gender Strategies: Brazilian (Catholic and Evangelical) Missionaries in Barcelona

  • Marcos de Araújo Silva, Donizete Rodrigues

 Mermaids and Spirit Spouses: Rituals as Technologies of Gender in Transnational African Pentecostal Spaces

  • Jeanne Rey

Bazaar Pagodas – Transnational Religion, Postsocialist Marketplaces and Vietnamese Migrant Women in Berlin

  • Gertrud Huwelmeier

“Mothering through Islam”: Narratives of Religious Identity in London

  •  Louise Ryan, Elena Vacchelli

Articles (open section)

“Cooking with Gordon”: Food, Health, and the Elasticity of Evangelical Gender Roles(and Belt Sizes) on The 700 Club

  • Travis Warren Cooper

Book Reviews

Review of Caroline Blyth, The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34: Interpreting Dinah’s Silence, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010

  • Sandie Gravett

Review of Marie-Therese Charpentier, Indian Female Gurus in Contemporary Hinduism: A Study of Central Aspects and Expressions of Their Religious Leadership, Abo: Abo Akademi University Press 2010

  • Birgit Heller

Review of Renata Pepicelli, Il velo nell’Islam: Storia, politica, estetica [The Veil in Islam: History, Politics and Aesthetics], Roma: Carocci Editore 2012

  • Pia Karlsson Minganti

Review of Pamela Sue Anderson (ed.), New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Contestations and Transcendence Incarnate, Dordrecht: Springer 2010

  • Ursula King

Review of Kevin J. Burke, Masculinities and Other Hopeless Causes at an All-Boys Catholic School, New York: Peter Lang 2011

  • Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Review of Lynn Gerber, Seeking the Straight and the Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press 2011

  • Michelle Lelwica

Review of Sa’diyya Shaikh, Sufi Narratives of Intimacy, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 2012

  • Dilyana Mincheva

Review of Christina L.H. Traina, Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality Between Unequals, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press 2011

  • Barbara Oud

Review of Patricia Beattie Jung and Aana Marie Vigen (eds.), God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics, Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press 2010

  • Beth Anne Robertson

Review of Teresa Berger, Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy’s Past, Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2011

  • Susan Roll


17 May 2013 – Exploring Trends and Challenges in Sociological Research

  • An event organised by Prof Linda McKie and Prof Louise Ryan, in association with the British Sociological Association (BSA), School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University and Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University

In this one-day event we bring together Mike Savage and Roger Burrows along with other contributors to explore the on-going methodological challenges facing sociology.  This event promises to be informative, with contributions from leading researchers as well as lively audience participation.

For further information, event programme and booking, please click here.