Past Events

8th July 2014 – Symposium on Contemporary Irish Migration

The Centre for Irish Studies (CIS) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham co-hosted a symposium on Contemporary Irish Migration with the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University.

Results of our Irish Teacher Study were presented at the symposium.

Irish Studies Symposium. Marina Boor, St Mary's University

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Event organisers:
Prof Lance Pettitt, Prof Mary Hickman, Prof Bronwen Walter and Prof Louise Ryan
Speakers at the event:
Dr Piaras MacEinri (University College Cork), Dr. Elaine Moriarty (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Marc Scully (University of Leicester) and Dr. Irial Glynn (University of Leiden)



(Photo: Marina Boor/ St Mary’s University)

13 June, 2014 – Report launch: Ethnic Minority and Women’s Organisations: from survival to thriving

This event will see the launch of two reports by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University and use this as an opportunity to facilitate a discussion  around how recent trends have jeopardised the existence of migrant, minority, women (and more generally third sector) organisations, at least in their traditional forms.

12 May, 2014 Conference: Mixed-method approaches to social network analysis

A conference organised by the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association (BSA) with Middlesex University and University of Greenwich

9 Apr, 2014 Beyond methodological nationalism: transnational perspectives on working class mobility in Europe

Migration from Eastern Europe has become a staple in public debates often with a strong negative bias. This is partly due to popular and academic analyses neglecting migrants’ needs and aspirations and paying even less attention to the complex processes affecting the mobility of workers across Europe and beyond. Original research by our guest speakers contributes to fill this important gap, shedding new light on issues of transnationalism, international labour markets and new cross-border identities.

This seminar is organised by the Transformation Studies Working Group and the Social Policy Research Centre. For further information please click here.

8 Jan, 2014 Using Mixed-Methods in Social Network Analysis

A training event organised by the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association (BSA)  with University of Greenwich and Middlesex University Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 10:00 – 17:00 ; Hamilton House, University of Greenwich, London Instructors: Alessio D’Angelo (Middlesex University); Louise Ryan (Middlesex University); Paola Tubaro, University of Greenwich The rising popularity of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in social sciences research is often associated with ‘quantitative’ techniques to systematically map relationships, illustrate them through graphs and analyse them statistically. However the study of the structures of social relationships has always been a central theme of sociological research using ‘qualitative’ methods. Indeed, the analysis of social networks is increasingly regarded as an ideal arena for the development of mixed-methods approaches, reconciling the ‘structure’ and ‘meaning’ of social interactions. This workshop aims to introduce participants to mixed-methods approaches to SNA, illustrating how classical qualitative methods can shed new light on social networks, and conversely, how SNA can be usefully included in the ‘toolbox’ of the qualitative researcher. For further details and booking information, download the event’s leaflet

20 Nov 2013 – ‘The impact of the economic crisis upon migrant agricultural labour. Some preliminary considerations from Southern Italy’

Wednesday, 20th November 2013 in room C128, 12-1pm Dr Nick Dines, Research Fellow at Middlesex University’s Criminology and Sociology Department, was giving this seminar

15 Nov 2013 Inequalities and Discrimination in Access to Healthcare

This event saw the launch of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency funded report, ‘Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to and quality of healthcare. March 2013’  for which Middlesex University coordinated the research.

30 Oct 2013 The rebirth of feminism? Situating feminism in the popular imaginary 

The workshop aims to challenge the idea that feminism as a social movement is no longer current or applicable to the lives of women, and further explores the ways in which stereotypes in the media and public discourse debunk both feminist activists and academics, failing to acknowledge feminism’s transformative potential. Using Sarah Ahmed’s account of ‘affective economy’, Dean (2012) argues that affective orientations towards feminism are unchallenged and do not correspond to actual experiences in the real word. One of these affective orientations suggests that young women are anti-feminist, and anti-feminism becomes constitutive of young womanhood in the popular imaginary. However, in the last five years public discourse about feminism has become more prominent in the UK and, at the same time, feminist activism and campaigns have intensified.  The workshop aims at creating a platform for academics and a diverse range of feminist activists to discuss these contradictions. For information you may contact Elena Vacchelli,

26 Sep 2013 – Family Migration. Regulation and Strategic Responses

This interdisciplinary conference brought together scholars and activists to discuss how regulatory regimes are changing within the UK and across Europe and how families affected by these changes are responding whether through compliance, legal challenge, strategic manoeuvring or recourse to alternative routes of entry, particularly under EU law. It also presented the results of a study, carried out by Middlesex University and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, comparing spousal regulation across European states and questioning the extent of similarity and divergence in forms of regulation.

To read more about this event follow the link.

18 July – Welfare needs of BME communities

Gathering evidence to inform community interventions

  • Thursday, 18th July 2013, 10.00 – 16.00
  • Middlesex University, Hendon Campus (NW4 4BT)

The current economic crisis and the ongoing welfare restructuring are having a disproportionate impact on Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout the UK. As far-reaching government changes to benefits, housing, healthcare, advice provision and other services affect an already deeply unequal population, local community organisations need to work and advocate even more effectively for their clients and members. At the same time, recent funding and policy trends – from the shift to service commissioning to the ‘social cohesion’ agenda – have raised new challenges for the sustainability of BME sector as a whole. This event aims to bring together practitioners, community activists, local policy makers and academics in an opportunity to engage with these issues through case studies, examples of good practices and ‘knowledge exchange’.  Key themes to be explored include:

  • the impact of the current economic crisis and welfare restructuring on BME communities in London;
  • advice and welfare needs and gaps in service provision;
  • priorities and challenges for BME community organisations (including issues of sustainability);
  • the role of community based research to gather evidence, inform decisions and empower communities.

The day will also be an opportunity to present on-going ‘knowledge exchange’ activities and community initiatives and to  launch two recently completed community-based research projects:

  • Welfare needs of Turkish and Kurdish Communities

Research team: Alessio D’Angelo, Ozlem Galip, Neil Kaye In partnership with Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre (Hackney)

  • Welfare needs of Welfare Needs of Afghan Communities

Research team: Elena Vacchelli and Neil Kaye In partnership with Paiwand, ARDO and Afghan Association London (Harrow)  For further information and the event programme, please click here.

17 May  2013 – Exploring Trends and Challenges in Sociological Research
  • Venue: BSA Meeting room, Suite 2, 2 Station Court, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, Fulham SW6 2PY

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 December 2012, Sociology published the first e-special issue of the journal (edited by McKie and Ryan), focusing on the article ‘The coming crisis of empirical sociology’ by Savage and Burrows (2007). This article challenged sociologists with a variety of questions about the role, relevance and methodological opportunities for sociological research in the 21st century. The e-special provides a reprise of these debates and explores relevant papers in Sociology, as well as alerting readers to recurring themes and new directions on the topic of methods and social research. In this one-day event we bring together Mike Savage and Roger Burrows along with other contributors to the e-special 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.

21 November 2012 – 13 March 2013 – SPRC Lunchtime Seminars

The SPRC Lunchtime Seminars  aim at contributing to enhance research culture in our university by involving mainly Middlesex University scholars from diverse social policy areas ranging from migration to social justice and social cohesion. The seminars will take place at lunch time to give university staff, students and whoever wants to attend an opportunity to participate during their lunch break. For list of  seminars please click here.

8 February 2013 – What do highly skilled French migrants in London teach us about European talent migration?

On Friday 8 February, Dr Jon Mulholland and Prof Louise Ryan will be presenting their ESRC-funded research findings as part of the prestigious Compas Breakfast Briefings series (organised by Oxford University). At the Breakfast Briefing series COMPAS seeks to make available and discuss topical, cutting edge research on migration and migration related issues. Venue:    Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 48 Charles Street, London W1J 5EN Date:       Friday 8 February Time:       8:30am – 9:45am If you intend to attend and for further details please click here.

1 February 2013 – Welfare Needs of Turkish and Kurdish Communities – Launch of Preliminary Report

The aims of this research were to investigate the impact of the current economic crisis and welfare restructuring on the Turkish and Kurdish communities in London, and to identify the gaps in service provision.  This was done with a view to inform local policy makers, service providers and the community sector on priorities and development needs. Having brought together the views, insights and suggestions of a diverse range of stakeholders – from our staff to service users, parents and families, from other local community organisations and VCS service providers to statutory services – our research work is now reaching the final stage and we would like to share our preliminary findings with all the stakeholders in a community event we will be holding on Friday, 1st February 2013.

27 November 2012 –  Open Data for Race Equality? One-Day Seminar and Capacity Building Event

Runnymede Trust and Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre) worked in partnership to organize a one-day seminar and capacity building event on the government’s ‘Open Data’ agenda and its impact on race equality in the UK. The event discussed changes in how public data is funded, collected and made accessible to the general public. It also looked at how the community sector can use data for advocacy and to hold local and national government to account. For further information and the event programme, please click here.

14 September 2012 – Opportunities and obstacles: intra-EU skilled migration to the UK

This policy seminar was organised by Dr. Jon Mulholland and Dr. Louise Ryan. Focusing on Intra-EU mobility, the seminar explored the patterns, rights, and opportunities of skilled migrants to the UK. In addition, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, the seminar also explored the barriers or obstacles which may continue to impact on the mobility of skilled migrants and their families. For more details, visit the seminar’s web page under this link.

6 July 2012 – International Students in the UK and Italy: latest evidence and policy perspectives

This one-day event aimed to capture, compare and contrast the latest evidence and policy perspectives on International Students in the UK and Italy to inform ongoing policy development in these important areas of migration policy. The event included panel sessions with key speakers from the Home Office Science, Dossier Statistico Immigrazione (EMN Italian NCP) and academics from leading research centres.This was a European Migration Network UK event, co-hosted by Home Office Science and Middlesex University. Click the link for the conference programme and the presentation slides, or read the report: International Students in the UK and Italy: latest evidence and policy perspectives. Event Report.

24-25 May 2012 – Highly Skilled Migration into the 21st Century: An International Conference, Middlesex University

This international conference was organised by Dr. Jon Mulholland and Dr. Louise Ryan in support of the French Capital project.The event has attracted some of the world’s leading scholars in the field, and boasted Professor Adrian Favell, Professor Jonathan Beaverstock, Professor Louise Ackers, and Professor Eleonore Kofman as plenary speakers. Further details can be found at the conference web-page.

24 May 2012 – WEBINAR: Social Enterprise and the Migrant Community

This webinar discussed the role of social enterprise in working with migrant groups, either as a way of supporting them directly or establishing business opportunities and self-help. The Webinar  included a case study from a migrant group that has already set up a social enterprise. For more information and a podcast of the webinar, click here.

2 December 2011 – BME Children in London Schools: the role of community organisations

This event at Middlesex University will launch the final research report of our study on “BME children in London: educational needs and the role of community organisations” (D’Angelo et al.), which used Day-Mer, Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre as a case study. The day was an opportunity for a broader discussion on BME and migrant children in UK schools and in particular, on the role of third sector organisations in supporting children’s education, including supplementary schools, parental engagement and other initiatives. There was also a discussion of the ongoing school ‘reform’, a panel of local community organisations and a bit of international comparative perspective.

March 2011– The Equality Impact of ‘Big Society’, Middlesex University

The coalition government’s Spending Review, together with the so called ‘Big Society’ agenda and other key policy changes, is now expected to modify radically the ways in which the needs of  ‘equality groups’  (including ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities and the elderly) are addressed. This two-day Knowledge Exchange event brought together academics, Third Sector organisations, local policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss the ‘Equality Impact’ of the economic recession and its effect on poverty and inequality. The first day included a number of presentations on the spending review, key unfolding policy changes and their impact on different equality ‘strands’. The second day was centred around a series of interactive workshops for practitioners and stakeholder on specific service areas as well as on the role of research. This initiative was co-funded by the Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster, part of the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). The programme was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Office for Civil Society and Barrow Cadbury Trust. Further details can be found here.

27 January 2011 – Housing Seminar on Homeless Refugees, New Horizons

The Housing Management Division at Middlesex University together with the Social Policy Research Centre hosted a seminar on Homelessness on the 27th January 2011. The seminar focused on homelessness policy and current trends on homeless service delivery, and the impact of policy and funding changes on Third Sector organizations.  There were specific discussions on homelessness prevention strategies, legal aspects of homelessness including eligibility, the impact of the localism agenda on homelessness and a focus on recent policy changes in the sector. This seminar was intended especially for housing managers within local authorities and housing associations, and other housing professionals working in areas around policy, service delivery, or training.  It also gave participants an opportunity to meet with other housing professionals and researchers working in this field, to generate debate and discuss ways forward. The seminar took place at the New Horizons Centre.

6 December 2010 – Launch of AFSI guide for BME parents, The Barn

In 2010, the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University was commissioned by Action for Social Integration to produce a Guide to the British Educational System for BME parents (including newly arrived migrants and refugees).  In preparing the guidebook, the research team undertook an exploratory Research Project to identify changing migratory and demographic patterns and to explore the key issues facing BME and newly arrived parents in relation to schooling. This seminar, jointly organized by Middlesex University and AFSI, brings together researchers, community organizations, educators and policy makers.  The aim of the event was to explore the challenges facing BME and newly arrived children and parents in relation to education, the role of supplementary schools and community organizations and the policy implications for schools and local authorities. The guide for BME parents was also launched at the seminar.

18 November 2010 – Equality in Enfield: Impact of policy changes, EREC

This event organised by EREC & Middlesex SPRC was aimed around a discussion on the expected equality impact of policy changes (in particular education, welfare, health and social care) on diversity groups in Enfield; as well as identifying how people can be empowered to navigate the new policy context, and knowledge gaps and strategies to gather evidence of the effects of policy changes as they occur and to raise awareness amongst local communities and policy makers. Further topical speaker led discussions included the consequent impact of policy changes on issues of gender, ethnicity and disability, as well as representatives from key stakeholder organisations in Enfield.

8 September 2010 – A New Direction in Housing Policy Seminar

The Housing Management Division at Middlesex University hosted a seminar on the current state of housing policy on the 8th September 2011. John Thornhill from the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Peter Fletcher from the Homes and Communities Agency discussed current issues related to new housing policies, and the state of funding for housing agencies under the new government. The seminar l gave employers an opportunity to find out more about the housing courses offered at Middlesex University (including CPD, undergraduate and postgraduate courses) and highlighted our work based learning scheme, as we asked participants to contribute their ideas to what courses should be offered in future and how they should be delivered.

July 2010 – Researching Elders Conference, Middlesex University

This conference showcased a range of research on local, global and cross-cultural elders’ issues undertaken by researchers across different university departments. The presentations included care needs and provision, migration and ageing and the potential of technology in an ageing society.  The event brought together statutory and third sector providers, elders’ organisations, community groups, researchers, academics and other interested parties, whilst also providing opportunities for networking and sharing ideas.

June 2010 – Migrant and minority community organisations: funding, sustainability and ways forward, Middlesex University & MODA

MODA and Middlesex University worked together on a research project on the subject of funding and resources available to migrant and minority organisations in London. Through a survey and other methods, the project gathered information about the role of these organisations, the services they provide, the community needs they address, the financial and organizational challenges they face and the creative ways they are finding to cope. The research also aimed to explore the effects of the current economic and political climate on the sector and the role played by second tier organisations and other networks. Following on from the research, an event was held to  launch the findings of our research, as well as bring together minority organisations, funders, researchers and other stakeholders in a series of interactive discussions.

May 2010 – Children, Families and the Migration Experience: Opportunities and Challenges, Middlesex University & Multiverse

In 2008, Middlesex University was commissioned byMultiverse to undertake research exploring the transition to schooling of new, mostly Polish pupils from the perspective of schools and families. Following on from this, they received funding from (ESRC) Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Programme to disseminate and further discuss the findings of the research. The workshop then held at Middlesex University was aimed at primary school teachers and EMA coordinators who work not only with Polish pupils but with new arrivals more generally.  In addition to presentations by leading experts, there were workshops on classroom strategies for welcoming and integrating new arrivals, language issues, and working with parents.