The Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre is a home for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship that explores migration, diasporas, nations, regions and localities through the lenses of diversity and inequality. The Centre is global in its focus, embracing scholars working on Asia, North, South and Central America and across Europe (from Ireland to Russia/USSR). Whilst we explore the world as a mosaic of peoples connected by shared cultures, we also examine the inequalities that arise from structures of differentiation based upon intersecting markers of identity. We are interested in class, ethnicity, faith, gender, age, generation and race.
Our scholars work within the disciplines of history, media and film studies, politics, sociology, social policy and social work, as well as working across disciplinary boundaries.
Given our global research interests, we plan to expand our areal coverage in the next few years and also to acquire international associate members to enhance our global reach and to foster partnership and co-research.
Our work offers a critical interrogation of important social issues through robust empirical research underpinned by qualitative, quantitative and mixed research. Our units of analysis range from the local and regional, to the national and transnational, including comparative analyses. Furthermore, in recognising that translation fundamentally alters meaning, we encourage native and original language publication, and our scholars use and produce materials in French, German, Spanish, Russian and other languages.
Becoming a member
The Global Diversities and Inequalities (GDI) Research Centre brings together colleagues from across various Schools and disciplines who are attached to the Area Studies unit of assessment for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Moreover, as we look towards REF 2026, we plan to further grow and develop our Area Studies unit. Nonetheless, the Centre is also inclusive and welcoming of other colleagues from across London Metropolitan University, as well as associate members from outside the University. If you are interested in becoming a member or an associate member, regardless of your disciplinary background, please get in touch with Prof Ryan and Dr López for a chat.
The benefits of membership include:
- being part of a vibrant research culture
- opportunities to share your research findings as well as develop new research ideas, attend research events such as book launches, deliver and participate in research seminars as well as training workshops for doctoral and early career scholars
- developing collaborative funding applications
- engaging with external stakeholders
Professor Louise Ryan among top cited researchers in the world
Professor Louise Ryan among the most cited researchers in the world second year in a row
Introduction to the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
Hear from director of the Centre Professor Louise Ryan as she explains the focus and scope of the Centre's work.
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Latest news from the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
London Met Professor publishes pioneering new book on social networks and migration
In a new book Professor Louise Ryan, Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, breaks new ground in understanding social networks in contexts of migration.
From Institutional Racism and Transcultural Psychiatry to Decolonisation
Honorary Professor Emeritus Suman Fernando led an event discussing his work around mental health and wellbeing.
London Met academics invited to present their report on Afghan Migrants to the Home Office
Prof Louise Ryan and Dr Maria Lopez held a seminar presenting their findings directly to government departments.
The contradictions at the heart of post-Brexit immigration policy
A new blog by Professor Louise Ryan and Dr Jon Mulholland delivers a searing critique of post-Brexit immigration policy in the UK.
London Met hosts international seminar on women in militant movements worldwide
The event drew together personal narratives, fieldwork, and literary and popular narratives, and focussed on experiences of women in the Global South.
London Met sociologist curates highly successful lecture series with the London Irish Centre
The series marked the centenary of the years of revolution in Ireland.
London Met academics among the most cited in the world
Five researchers from the University feature in the top 2% most impactful academics globally, according to data from Elsevier and Stanford University.
Irish Nurses in the NHS: the oral history project team meet the Irish Ambassador
Professor Louise Ryan and Grainne McPolin were invited to speak about their research with Irish nurses who had been recruited to train and work in the NHS from the 1940s onwards.
Accessing support in hostile times
A London Met research team launched a new report on Afghan Migrants in London.
Thousands of Afghan refugees living in UK hotels, one year from Taliban takeover
The uncertainty surrounding settlement is deeply affecting the mental health of Afghan refugees in the UK, say London Met researchers, and costing British taxpayers millions weekly.
Broadcasting Britain: the BBC at 100
Visiting Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies, Patrick O'Sullivan, will take part in two events at the BBC at 100 Symposium.
London Met hosts Oral History Society's annual conference
The conference brought together an impressive and diverse range of speakers to discuss the theme of ‘Home’.
The meaning of 'Home' amongst racially minoritised communities in London
London Met lecturer Dr Alya Khan led a research team of staff and students in discussion around the cultural practices surrounding the home.
'Irish Nurses in the NHS: an oral history' project receives a grant from the Irish Government
The funding will enable research leads Professor Louise Ryan and filmmaker Grainne McPolin to significantly expand the focus of their research.