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.
Latest news from the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
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.
Angels of Mercy
Professor Louise Ryan featured on a podcast exploring the story of the women who left Ireland to train and work as nurses in England.
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.
Pontins and 'No Irish Need Apply': the prejudice that refuses to die
Professor Louise Ryan and Professor Don MacRaild explore the enduring anti-Irish prejudice in Britain following the reveal that holiday firm Pontins holds a blacklist of Irish surnames.
Public shaming in Russia
A new research project will explore public shaming in Russia from the post-Stalin period to the present day.
What's driving foreign policy in Turkey?
A new policy report by London Met’s Dr Ahmet Erdi Öztürk argues that Turkey’s post-2016 foreign policy rests on ideas of militarisation, Islam, civilisation and power.
Religion, Identity and Power
A new book from London Met lecturer Dr Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, which explores the ethnoreligious transformation of Turkey and the Balkans, was launched last week.
How relationships changed in lockdown
A new study aimed to find out how confinement had impacted upon our domestic, work, social and leisure habits.
From protest to institutional change - Architecture, Race, Gender and Education
Over 200 attended an online event at which keynote speaker Lesley Lokko engaged with issues raised by MASS: Metropolitan Architecture Students Society. MASS asks, now what?
Hollywood's 'A Star Is Born': Melodramatic Celebrity and the Stardom Film
Professor Mandy Merck and Dr Karen McNally will give talks on stardom and genre in the A Star Is Born films followed by a Q&A.
Exploring migrants' responses in contexts of 'unsettling events'
Senior Professor of Sociology and Director of London Met’s Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, Louise Ryan, gave the keynote lecture at a recent migration conference.
Racialising pandemics: lessons from history
Professors Louise Ryan and Don MacRaild explore the ways in which nations and their people have historically been stigmatised by disease.
Turkey and the Balkans: Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation
London Met lecturer to co-chair major conference.