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 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 GDI Research Centre brings together colleagues from across various Schools and disciplines who are attached to the Area Studies unit of assessment for REF 2021. Moreover, as we look towards REF 2026, we plan to further grow and develop our Area Studies unit. Nonetheless, the GDI 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 Lopez for a chat.
The benefits of membership:
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 and engaging with external stakeholders.
Introduction to the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
GDIRC events and seminars
Kashmir as a Borderland
Dr Antía Mato Bouzas will present the research from her new book, which explores the implications of the Kashmir dispute from a borderland perspective.
London Met expert takes part in Cambridge Union debate
Professor Sunny Singh joined other activists and researchers to discuss ways the national conversation on racism can be expanded and made more fruitful.
London Met joins Horizon2020 project MIMY
The project aims to improve the situation of young migrants throughout Europe.
New Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre launches seminar series
The programme of events was launched with a session on 'Thinking and practice on violence against women in the Global South.'
From Irish Fever to Chinese Flu: the racialisation of epidemics
A unique poetry evening on 3 December will consider the ways in which nations and their people are stigmatised by disease.
Louise Ryan appointed visiting Professor at University College Cork
Professor Ryan will build links between London Met and her alma mater, particularly among scholars interested in Ireland.
London Met policy expert awarded Fellowship with Welsh Parliament
Professor Diana Stirbu will build on her previous work to investigate the effectiveness of parliamentary committee activity.
London Met academics present COVID-19 research to Lambeth Council
Researchers from across the University showcased the work they are doing to address the challenges of the pandemic.
London Met Professor nominated for major book award
Professor Alistair Ross's 'Finding Political Identities: Young People in a Changing Europe' has been nominated by his publisher for the Mackenzie Book Prize.
Launching the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
The GDIRC will bring together researchers from across the University to explore a range of issues relating to diversity and inequality.
The untold sexual violence of the Irish war
In a new documentary, Cogadh ar Mhná, Professor Louise Ryan shares her innovative research into suppressed stories of violence against women.
Lecturer awarded major grant to explore Turkey's diasporas
Dr Ozturk has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship for his project, DIASPORALANDS.
Sharing expertise on bereavement and social work
A new book, journal article and two conference talks from Dr Denise Turner will explore death and dying in the social work profession.
Unsettling events: the possible impact of Brexit and the pandemic on EU migrants in the UK
Professor Louise Ryan explores the impact of the Brexit vote and COVID-19 on Europeans in the UK, and whether these events make them more likely to return to their countries of origin.