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
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.
Chaos at Kabul Airport: Lessons must be learned
Professor Louise Ryan, Dr Maria Lopez and Alessia Dalceggio from the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre discuss the failures of the evacuation mission last year.
"We are tired of being told it is not a big deal": Institutional Machismo in Mexico
A new paper from London Met’s Dr María E. López argues women suffer from a dominant male chauvinist ideology that is exacerbated by President López Obrador’s administration.
Understanding Brexit from the perspective of London's highly-skilled French migrants
A new study considers how the shock of Brexit exposed but also threatened the previously taken-for-granted privileges enjoyed by this capital-rich migrant population.
Violence against Women in Latin American Women’s Writing
A new book from London Met’s Dr María López and UCL’s Professor Stephen Hart explores the works of female writers in portraying violence against women.
New award winning, open access book from London Met academic
'Revisiting Migrant Networks' which was co-edited by Professor Louise Ryan and awarded the IMISCOE Prize, is available to read and download free of charge.
Understanding the contribution of Irish Nurses to the NHS: an oral history project
A new partnership between the London Irish Centre and London Metropolitan University will capture the stories of Irish women who were recruited to train and work in the NHS.
The 'backbone of the NHS'
Professor Louise Ryan and Grainne McPolin celebrate the historic contribution of Irish Nurses to the UK's National Health Service this International Women's Day.
"This is a Mexican problem, not a women's issue"
This International Women's Day, Dr María E López discusses her research on necropolitics and femicide at the US–Mexican border.
Is it who you know?
Exploring the direct and indirect role of social networks in migrants' accessing labour markets.
Migration in the Making of the Gulf Space
London Met lecturer explores the space inhabited by migrants and former migrants in the Gulf cities in new co-edited volume.