October 2014


October 2014 Newsletter of the Social Policy Research Centre

Middlesex University


SPRC website: www.mdx.ac.uk/sprc

To contact us: sprc@mdx.ac.uk 



  • Welcome
  • SPRC News Highlights
  • New Staff Member
  • Recent SPRC Event
  • Research Spotlight on Recently Completed Projects
  • Research Updates and Current Work
  • Research Grants
  • Presentations at Conferences and Workshops
  • Publications
  • Research Training Opportunities


With this new issue of the SPRC Newsletter, we have the pleasure to share developments and accomplishments by our staff and members since the last issue in May 2014.  We have had a busy summer and report on recently completed projects, and in particular, our work on Irish migration, along with updates on events recently hosted by SPRC and other research activities over the past few months.

SPRC News Highlights

  • A major milestone was achieved on the FP7 Project “Reducing Early School Leaving” with the research team (Louise Ryan, Alessio D’Angelo, Neil Kaye and Magda Lorinc) having reached their target of administering an online survey to over 3,000 year 10 and 12 students in schools across London and Newcastle area.
  • Prof Louise Ryan and Edina Kurdi recently completed a study on recently arrived Irish teachers in Britain.  The report was launched at the Irish Embassy in London in May 2014 (a link to the online report can be found in the publications section below).
  • The research team (Louise Ryan, Alessio D’Angelo, Mike Puniskis and Neil Kaye) recently completed an extensive analysis of 2011 Census data on Irish Community Statistics, focusing on a number of social indicators, for England and selected urban regions.  The reports will be launched at Houses of Parliament in November 2014.
  • The School of Law has joined the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), which is the largest European network (currently 34 institutions) in this field.  Prof. Eleonore Kofman is representing the School on the Board of Directors.  Next year’s conference is on the theme of Rights, Democracy and Migration to be held in Geneva 25-27 June 2015.
  • Dr Dominic Pasura (with JoAnn McGregor of the University of Sussex) co-edited a special issue of the journal African Diaspora, 7 (1): “The Difference that Crisis Makes: Diasporic Entanglements with Home and the Case of Zimbabwe.”
  • Congratulations to Dr Hafiz T. A. Khan, who was elected Public Governor of Oxford NHS Foundation Trust, for a term of three years from July 2014.  In the following month, Hafiz also became Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.
  • Dr Erica Howard’s recent article in the European Law Review was referred to by Lady Hale in the Supreme Court case of Bull and another v Hall and another [2013] UKSC 73.
  • Dr Nick Dines has been invited to speak at the workshops “Beyond the Straw Men: Post-colonial Urban Theory and ‘Western’ Urban Theory: Perspectives and Possibilities” at Ghent University, 12-13 November 2014.  Nick was also selected to present the paper “Ambivalent First-place? The Precarious Life of Tourism and Heritage in the Historic Centre of Naples, Italy” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington DC, 3-7 December 2014.  More information on the session can be found here.

New Staff Member

Dr Lisa Clarke, having previously worked for SPRC as part-time lecturer and researcher, was recently appointed as fixed term researcher to work on various projects until next summer.  >>>

Recent SPRC Events

“Mixed-Method Approaches to Social Network Analysis”

On 12 May 2014, SPRC (Alessio D’Angelo and Louise Ryan) in partnership with the Social Network Analysis Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association, and University of Greenwich (with Dr Paola Tubaro), convened a day conference which showcased papers on innovative approaches to using social network analysis (SNA), presented by leading authorities in the UK and from across Europe.  >>>

“Ethnic Minority and Women’s Organisations: From Survival to Thriving”

This day conference was hosted in Hendon on 13 June 2014 and saw the launch of two recently completed research reports by SPRC:  Dr Elena Vacchelli presented the report “Between Opportunities and Challenges: Women’s Community and Voluntary Organizations in London (2013)” which looked at how recent governance measures have impacted women’s organisations in London and gathered information on the specific needs of such organisation.  >>>

Research Spotlight on Recently Completed Projects

  • SPRC research reports to be launched at Houses of Parliament in November 2014. 
    Recently, the SPRC research team (Alessio D’Angelo, Mike Puniskis and Neil Kaye, led by Prof Louise Ryan) completed a project which culminated in a suite of seven research reports showcasing a number of statistics on the Irish Community across Britain.  >>>
  • SPRC research report launched at Irish Embassy in London. 
    On 14 May 2014, Prof Louise Ryan, with colleague Edina Kurdi, presented findings of the Irish Teachers Study in the launch of their report “Young, Highly Qualified Migrants: The Experiences and Expectations of Recently Arrived Irish Teachers in Britain.”  >>>
  • Important new book in press about migrant workers. 
    Prof Louise Ryan
    and Alessio D’Angelo, (with Dr Umut Erel of Open University) have recently completed work on a new edited book entitled Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies, which is currently in press to be published by Palgrave in January 2015.  >>>

Research Updates and Current Work

  • Follow up research on Polish migration to UK
    Prof Louise Ryan
    , in building upon previous research with Polish migrants in London (Ryan et al., 2007; 2008; 2009), has recently conducted a number of follow-up interviews with Polish migrants, mostly professionals, who have come to Britain during the past ten years. >>>
  • Ongoing research on early school leaving and youth unemployment in UK
    The research team (Louise Ryan, Alessio D’Angelo, Neil Kaye and Magda Lorinc) will soon commence work on the next stage of the FP7 Reducing Early School Leaving Project >>>
  •  New research on whistle-blowing in the NHS
    Alessio D’Angelo
    and Lisa Clarke are working with David Lewis on a ground-breaking piece of research on whistleblowing in the NHS.  >>>
  • Identifying social needs of emerging communities in Hounslow
    We are finalising a report funded by Hounslow Borough Council, which mapped the characteristics, needs and use of services by six new and emerging nationality communities >>>

Recent Grants

Dr Alice Donald and Dr Erica Howard were successful in a tender for €5,000 to write a report on the right to freedom of religion/belief and its intersections with other rights for ILGA-Europe, funded by European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

Dr Hafiz T. A. Khan (with Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield and Dr Nicky Lambert) were awarded a small research grant by Middlesex University, for a project entitled “Exploring the Intimate and Broader Relationships of Older Single Women without Children and the Implications for their Support Needs in Later Life.”

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

  • Prof Brad Blitz presented a paper entitled “The Structural Impact of Statelessness and the Road Ahead” at the Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference, United Nations University, Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Migration, Barcelona, 24-25 July 2014.  >>>
  • Dr Nick Dines participated in a round table discussion on organized crime, popular classes and music at Naples University in January 2014, which has recently been published in the journal Meridiana (80, 2014). >>>
  • Dr Alice Donald chaired a two-day workshop for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 4-5 September >>>
  • Dr Erica Howard (with Caryl Bryant) presented a paper on “The Changing Language of Hate” at the Understanding Hate Crime: Research, Policy and Practice Conference of the International Network of Hate Crime Studies in Brighton.  >>>
  • Prof Eleonore Kofman presented a chapter on the “UK” In:  J. M. Lafleur  & M. Stanek (eds.), Old Routes, New Migrants: Lessons from the South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis >>>
  • Prof Eleonore Kofman has presented a number of papers on topics relating to family migration >>>
  • Dr Dominic Pasura presented a paper “Religious Transnationalism and Development: A Study of Zimbabwean Churches in Britain” at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) at the Annual International Conference at Imperial College London, 26 to 29 August 2014. >>>
  • Prof Louise Ryan and Magdolna Lorinc presented several papers at the European Conference of Education Research (ECER) organised in Porto between 1 – 5 September 2014 >>>
  • Dr Elena Vacchelli gave a paper on “Embodiment in Qualitative Research: Collage Making with Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Migrant Women” at IGU International Conference, 18-23 August, Krakow, Poland.  >>>
  • Dr. Helena Wray  has delivered several  papers on marriage migration. >>>


Blitz, B. K. (2014, August). Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion. Edward Elgar Press. Pp. 229. ISBN: 978178195583.

Blitz, B. K. (with C. Hamilton, K. Apland, E. Yarrow, R. Lakshman, M Fielder, M. Lynch, D. Calabia & N. Indika. (2014, May). Birth Registration and Children’s Rights: A Complex Story. Plan International.

Blitz, B. K. & Zetter, R. (2014). “Contestation and Reconstruction: Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Development in Borderland Regions.” Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 3 (1): 1-18.

Dines, N., Montagna, N. & Ruggiero, V. (2014). “Thinking Lampedusa: Border Construction, the Spectacle of Bare Life and the Productivity of Migrants.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870.2014.936892#preview

Donald, A. (2014). “Identifying Human Rights Stories: Investigation of the Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Lives of People in the UK.” Research report funded by Thomas Paine Initiative. Available from: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/190406/Identifying-human-rights-stories-July-2014.pdf.

Howard, E. (2014). ‘”Islamic Veil Bans: The Gender Equality Justification and Empirical Evidence” In: E. Brems (ed.), The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law. Cambridge University Press.

Howard, E. (2014). “Protecting Freedom to Manifest One’s Religion or Belief: Strasbourg or Luxembourg?” Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 32 (2): 159-182.

Kabir, R., Khan, H. T. A., Ball, E. & Caldwell, K. (2014). “Climate Change and Public Health Situations in Coastal Areas in Bangladesh.” International Journal of Social Science Studies, 2 (3): 109-116

Khan, H. T. A. & Ko, H. (2014). “Insights for Singapore’s Re-employment Legislation: Evidence from the Global Ageing Survey (GLAS).” Asian Profile, 42 (2): 101-122.

Khan, H. T. A., Raeside, R. & Tao, C. (2014). “Development and Application of a Survey Quality Assessment Model.” Global Journal of Quantitative Science, 1 (1): 15-29.

Kofman, E.  (2014). “Towards a Gendered Evaluation of (Highly) Skilled Immigration Policies in Europe.” International Migration, 52 (3): 116- 28. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12121

Kofman, E., Saharso, S. & Vacchelli, E. (2014). “Gendered Perspectives on Integration Measures.” International Migration, DOI: 10.1111/imig.12102

Kufakurinani, U., Pasura, D. & McGregor, J. (2014). “A Crisis of Expectation? Transnational Parenting and the Emergence of ‘Diaspora Orphans.’” African Diaspora, 7 (1): 114-138.

McGregor, J. & Pasura, D. (2014). “Introduction: Frameworks for Analyzing Conflict Diasporas and the Case of Zimbabwe.” African Diaspora, 7 (1): 1-13.

Puniskis, M. J. (2014). “Loitering.” In: R. Atkinson (ed.) Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm. Oxford, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415733236.

Ryan, L. (2014). “Exploring Religion as a Bright and Blurry Boundary: Irish Migrants Negotiating Religious Identity in Britain” In: MacPherson & Hickman (eds.) Women and Irish Diaspora Identities. Manchester University Press.

Ryan, L. & Kurdi, E. (2014). “Young, Highly Qualified Migrants: The Experiences and Expectations of Recently Arrived Irish Teachers in Britain.” Research Report. Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University: London. A full report is available from: http://sprc.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/FINAL-Young-Highly-Qualified-Migrants-report-May-2014.pdf.

Ryan, L., D’Angelo, A., Puniskis, M. & Kaye, N. (2014). “Analysis of 2011 Census Data, Irish Community Statistics: England and Selected Urban Areas.” Research Report 1/7 for England.” Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University: London, UK. (Additional, separate research reports are also available for other regions: London, North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and The Humber).

Research Training Opportunities

SPRC is an active research centre which also provides an extensive suite of research training opportunities.  Enquires for PhD training should be directed to Prof Eleonore Kofman (e.kofman@mdx.ac.uk), and for the MSc in Research Methods, to Dr Elena Vacchelli (e.vacchelli@mdx.ac.uk).

In addition, SPRC also runs and commissions a number of short courses, day workshops, and bespoke training on research methods and specialist software packages for data analysis.  Enquires on quantitative data analysis can be directed to Alessio D’Angelo (a.dangelo@mdx.ac.uk), and qualitative analysis to Dr Lisa Clarke (l.clarke@mdx.ac.uk).

For more information, please visit our website: www.sprc.info and www.mdx.ac.uk/sprc.