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
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.
Upcoming events and seminars
Latest news from the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
Domestic politics and foreign policies
London Met's Dr Angelos Chryssogelos will discuss whether European foreign policy populism is all that different, at a British International Studies Association conference on 23 June.
Chicago, Theory, and the Discourse of the Irish Emigrant Letter
London Met academic to deliver paper as part of international conference.
London Met academic elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Sociological Association
Professor Louise Ryan will serve as chair of the largest sociological network in the UK for a two-year term.
Journalism and human rights in Mexico: how to preserve the voices of the killed
The final seminar from the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre this academic year will explore the danger facing Mexico's journalists.
25th Anniversary of the Irish Writers in London Summer School
The Ambassador of Ireland, Adrian O’Neill, hosted a virtual celebration at the Irish Embassy to commemorate the occasion.
The climate crisis and gender inequality: an intimate relationship
'How Women Can Save the Planet', a new book from London Met’s Professor Anne Karpf, will be launched at an event on June 10.
New Turkey's new diasporas
A one-day workshop, open to all, will explore Turkey’s authoritarian turn under the Erdogan regime.
Irish Writers in London Summer School returns for 25th year
The Summer School, taking place in June 2021, provides an informal but informed setting for participants to read and discuss contemporary Irish literature.
Exploring diversity sensitive parliaments
London Met hosted a research seminar on Diversity Sensitive Parliaments as part of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre seminar series.
Supporting inclusive recovery in London
Professor Diana Stirbu has won Transformation funding for a new research and knowledge exchange initiative.
LGBTQI+ Lambeth residents invited to take part in COVID research project
The project is looking to learn more about the experiences of LGBTQI+ communities, to influence policies and services that enable LGBTQI+ people in Lambeth to thrive.
Exploring migrants' experiences of ageing
A new research paper from London Met and the University of Sheffield looks into the challenges that migrants face with regard to ageing.
Is there a populist foreign policy?
A new paper from Dr Angelos Chryssogelos focuses on the broader approaches that populists take to questions of foreign policy beyond Europe and in their attitudes to Atlanticism.
Political violence against women in the northern Mexican border
Dr María López recently presented her research work for her book, addressing how the crisis of violence and security provision impacts migrant women at the US–Mexico border.