Past Projects


An Evaluation of AVA Community Group Programmes for Children and Young People 

AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) commissioned Middlesex University to evaluate the community group programmes they run in 32 London Boroughs.

BME Children in London: Educational Needs and the Role of Community Organisations. An evaluation of the education services of ‘Day-Mer, Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre’

This partnership project between Middlesex University and Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre investigated the educational needs of Turkish and Kurdish children and families in London and discussed the role of community organisations in providing supplementary education and supporting schools in integrating these children.

PROSINT – Promoting Sustainable Policies for Integration 

The PROSINT project has examined re-configurations of integration policymaking in a number of European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) in the past decade.


Chinese Older People in Haringey: Meeting the needs of the ‘invisible’ community

The aims of this research project were to provide evidence of current and future needs for health and social care services by Chinese older people and to identify issues and propose a number of recommendations which policy makers need to be aware of in planning future services.

Exploring the River of Flowers: Wildflowers, community engagement and participatory mapping

This project was a partnership between AHC and Middlesex University to carry out preliminary research among organisations and groups involved with or interested in the River of Flowers. The study aimed to investigate their ideas, needs and expectations and to collect information about current initiatives as well as the location of existing or possible wildflower areas.

GEMMA: Gender and Migration. Enhancing Policy through European Research

GEMMA is a dissemination project that sought to strengthen the dialogue between different stakeholders in the field of Gender and Migration.  This initiative was  funded by the European Union 7th Framwork Programme.

GendeRace –The Use of Racial Anti-Discrimination Laws: gender and citizenship in a multicultural context

The GendeRace project researched the effectiveness of racial discrimination laws from the point of view of the target group and also a gender perspective. The research took place between 2008 to 2010 in six European Member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK, and was funded by the European Union 7th Framework Programme.

Migrant & Minority Community Organisations: funding, sustainability and ways forward

This project has gathered information about the role of minority and migrant organisations, including details about the services they provide, the community needs they address, the financial and organizational challenges they face and the creative ways they are utilizing to cope.

Muslim Women: Communities, Identities and Aspirations

This project examined the concerns, experiences and aspirations of Muslim women, specifically mothers, exploring women’s active involvement within communities, and identifing what barriers may inhibit their involvement and questions what can be done to encourage greater levels of civic participation.

Muslim Youth in Barnet – Exploring Identity, Citizenship and Belonging Locally and in the Wider Context

The study aimed to explore the ways in which young Muslims construct and negotiate their identities within British society and how these were expressed and experienced in local contexts as well as in broader national and international settings.

Newly Arrived Migrant & Refugee Children in the British Educational System

This piece of research 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.


Polish Pupils in London Schools: A Dissemination and Knowledge Exchange Project

Project was funded by ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), September 2009 – May 2010. Grant holders Louise Ryan and Alessio D’Angelo

Ethics and Linguistic Chaplains: A Research Study

This project was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and aimed to review the work of ethnic chaplaincies in providing pastoral care to migrants.

London’s Chinatown: Diaspora, identity and belonging

This research project focuses on London’s Chinatown and its role in the construction and maintenance of diasporic identity, it highlights the importance of Chinatown to Chinese people from a range of backgrounds.

National Mapping of Older People’s Services provided by the Catholic Community in England and Wales

Middlesex University was commissioned by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) to undertake research into the services to older people provided by the Catholic Community in England and Wales.

The Changing Chinese Community in London: New Migration, New Needs

This two-year research project examined recent Chinese migration to London and aimed to provide information about the needs of the changing Chinese community.

The Equality Implications of Being a Migrant in Britain

This  report  assesses the equality and human rights implications of managed migration, in particular the Points-Based System, in  relation to gender, age, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

Young Refugees in London: An exploratory research

This report is based on an exploratory research project focusing on the causes of homelessness among young refugees.


Cityscapes of Diaspora: Images and Realities of London’s Chinatown

This research project was funded by the AHRC through its Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme, sought to provide a critical understanding of the relationship between Chinatown and diasporic identities and practice.

Civic Stratification, Gender and Family Migration Policies in Europe

This project provided an historically informed analysis of family-related modes of entry; different categories of migrants and according to gender; investigated the rationale behind conditionalities and restrictions placed on family migration; and finally, investigated the empirical consequences of gender-differentiated family migration policies on migrants and how migrants in turn responded to and challenged restrictive rules on family migration.

Engaging Muslim Youth: A Study in the London Borough of London

Barnet’s Muslim Youth Steering Group commissioned the research to find out more about the lives, beliefs, and aspirations of Barnet’s Muslim communities, by gaining a deeper insight into their experiences and attitudes, expectations of young people in the borough, their perceptions of extremism and the communities’ sense of belonging.

Kurdish Community Organisations in London: a Social Network Analysis

This analysis contributes to the debate on ethnic community organisations and social capital by examining the structures and functions of networks among Kurdish community organisations in London.

New Ethnic Minority Business Communities in Britain: Challenges of Diversity and Informality for the UK Business and Policy Frameworks

The paper addresses the challenges of the current understanding of the nature of entrepreneurship among new and emerging ethnic minority business communities; and the relationship between such enterprise activity and the UK institutional business framework.

Measuring Integration? Exploring socioeconomic indicators of integration of third country nationals

MITI (Migrants Integration Territorial Index) was an international project funded by the European Union within the INTI programme.  The project included the creation and analysis of a database of comparable statistics from the participating countries.

Polish Pupils in London Schools: Opportunities and challenges

This short research project commissioned by Multiverse provides resources to teacher educators and student teachers to promote the educational achievement of pupils from diverse backgrounds.


Formalisation of New Arrival Enterprises

This project built an initial evidence base for policy makers and those delivering business support, concerning the economic and social basis of informal enterprise among refugees, new arrival communities, and existing and possible responses.

New Migrant Communities in the UK

The research firstly  mapped new migrant communities in selected areas, reviewing available information about demographics, needs, services used and available, and likely future developments; and, secondly,  identified possible opportunities for the RHA to develop services with these communities.

Recent Polish Migrants in London and European Enlargement: social networks, transience and settlement

This one-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) examined the experiences of recent Polish migrants to London.


Inter-Generational Change and Minority Ethnic Women in the Labour Market: A Qualitative Pilot Study

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the objective of this pilot study was to understand inter-generational change among different black and minority ethnic women in their employment experience and job aspirations, with particular interests of women of  African Caribbean, West African, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin.

Young Women, Sex and Choices: a study of young motherhood in Haringey

This project was set up to look at the sexual behaviour and decision-making processes of young women in Haringey.


Young Women, Sex and Choices: a study of young motherhood in Shropshire

This project, commissioned by the Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinator for Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust, examined the sexual behaviour and decision-making processes of young women in Shropshire, predominantly in Telford.