October 2015


October 2015 Newsletter of the Social Policy Research Centre

Middlesex University


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

To contact us: sprc@mdx.ac.uk 


  • New Research Contracts
  • Conference Presentations and Workshops
  • Publications
  • Research Training


New Research Contracts

Professor Louise Ryan and colleagues have won two new contracts for Knowledge Transfer projects:

1. to undertake a history of the charity Emmaus in the UK – a joint project between the Media Department and SPRC (McGorrian, Ryan, Kerr and Papadopoulou) .

2. a consultation commissioned by the Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs on the future of the RTE longwave radio (Ryan, Clarke, Kaye and D’Angelo).

Conference Presentations and Workshops
  • Professor Eleonore Kofman gave a number of plenary presentations:
    • Gendered Labour Migrations in Europe and Emblematic Migratory Figures, plenary, Migration and Gender, Dudelange, Luxemburg, 18-20 June.
    • Mobilities and Migrations in Europe: a problematic dichotomy, plenary, 5th EUGEO conference, Budapest, 31 August- 2nd September 2015.
    • Academic mobility/immobility in Europe: some critical reflections, Researchers Crossing Borders: transnational scientific mobility, plenary Lisbon 10-11 September 2015
  • Professor Eleonore Kofman also presented a number of papers in conference sessions:
    • Migration, gender and the right to the city: Looking backwards and forwards, Gendered Rights to the City: Intersections of Identity and Power  Milwaukee, 19-20 April.
    • Theorising gendered global migrations through social reproduction, AAAG, April 2015.
    • A new source of labour for low skilled sector: young Southern Europeans in the UK, Old Routes, New Migrants,: South-North Mobility of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis with Dr. Alessio DAngelo,  International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, 8-10 July 2015.
    • Carers, Migration and Social Entitlements: who cares for the carers, Inequalities and Care Challenges: Migration, Markets and Shifting Configurations in Policy Regimes, International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, 8-10 July 2015.
  •  Prof. Louise Ryan was a key note speaker at an event co-hosted by the Irish Embassy and the London Irish Centre on the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising – (Sept, 2015) Louise spoke about the role of women in the  nationalist movement.
  •  Prof. Louise Ryan was a plenary speaker at a conference organised by the Centre for Research on Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, July 2015.
  • Magdolna Lőrinc presented a paper ‘Looking for the One. Young People’s Educational and Occupational Aspirations’ at the 2015 European Conference of Education Research (ECER), Emerging Researchers Conference organised in Budapest at the Corvinus University, on the 8th of September.
  •  Magdolna Lőrinc presented the preliminary findings of her doctoral research on young people’s aspirations and implementation strategies on the 28th of October 2015, as part of the departmental seminar series.
  •  Prof Louise Ryan, Dr Alessio D’Angelo and Magdolna Lőrinc presented several papers at the 2015 European Conference of Education Research (ECER) organised in Budapest between 7 – 11 September 2015.
  • Prof Louise Ryan and Magdolna Lőrinc participated in a symposium on Tackling Early School Leaving in Europe: an Evaluation of School-based Practices in different European countries, arising from the FP7 project ‘RESL.eu’(link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/projects/resl-eu/). Here they presented a paper ‘Filling in the Gaps. A Case Study of Early School Leaving in London’ on the 11th of September.
  • Dr. Alessio D’Angelo convened and presented in a symposium at the ECER (European Educational Research Conference) in Budapest September 2015. The symposium discussed findings from a large-scale international survey with young people at risk of early school leaving, coordinated by the Social Policy Research Centre. Preliminary analysis of the survey results are also available online on www.resl-eu.org
  • Dr Erica Howard presented two sessions, on gender discrimination in access to goods and services and on multiple discrimination, at the Seminar on European Gender Equality Law in September 2015 at the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany.
  • Dr Erica Howard presented a paper at the conference “Religion, Human Rights and a Secular Europe: Can Faith and Freedom Coexist?” on 1st October 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference was organised by the Global Interfaith and Secular Alliance. Erica talked about freedom of religion and its intersection with other rights.



Howard, E. (2015) ‘Indirect Discrimination 15 years on, E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 4, 3, Sept/Oct 2015, http://www.adapt.it/EJCLS/index.php/ejcls_adapt/article/view/321

Howard, E. (2015) ‘Religious Rights versus Sexual Orientation Discrimination: a Fair deal for Everyone’ Religion and Human Rights, 10, 2, 128-159.

 Lewis, D., DAngelo, A., Clarke, L. (2015), Industrial relations and the management of whistleblowing after the Francis report: what can be learned from the evidence?, Industrial Relations Journal, 46(4), pp. 312-327

Nowicka, M. and Ryan (2015) guest editors – Forum: Qualitative Social Research on the topic: ‘Researcher, Migrant, Woman: Methodological Implications of Multiple Positionalities in Migration Studies’.

Ryan, L. and Kurdi, E. (2015) “‘Always up for the craic’: young Irish professional migrants narrating ambiguous positioning in contemporary Britain’ published in Social Identities This article can be downloaded at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/fxfFE8pgZ2QdIm8CsXFu/full

Vacchelli, E. (2015) ‘Localism and austerity: a gender perspective’ Soundings no.60, Summer.


Research Training
  • Dr. Lisa Clarke conducted another two-day NVivo 10 CPD Training Course on 24th and 25th September 2015 which was well attended by MU staff, external delegates and visiting academics.

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