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 Prof 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
London Met researchers to present Irish Nurses project for IWD at the London Irish Centre
Irish Nurses navigating British Society: Essential Carers and Unwanted Migrants is an online symposium celebrating International Women’s Day.
London Met academics and partners win major grant for Afghan resettlement project
£268,792 award from the Nuffield Foundation will support the crucial work of Professors Louise Ryan and María López, and their partners, into the Afghan resettlement scheme.
London Met launches new Gender and Sexual Diversity Research Group
The new research group was announced at an informal gathering in the Rainbow Room on 16 November 2023.
London Met Professor recognised for outstanding contribution to radio and sound studies
Dr Peter Lewis's exceptional achievements were acknowledged at the 2023 ECREA conference.
New book edited by London Met scholar published by Edinburgh University Press
London Met’s Ahmet Erdi Ozturk co-edited the largest English-language volume covering a wide array of perspectives on contemporary Turkey.
London Met's Head of Nursing Studies hosts panel discussion on migrant nurses in the NHS
Dr Julie MacLaren was joined by esteemed panellists from the NHS and academia as part of the ‘Migrant Nurses in the NHS’ Conference.
London Met hosts community event for oral history project on the Andover Estate
Professor John Gabriel and Dr Alya Khan with Gulser Rose Kaya presented findings from their ongoing community research project ‘Life on the Andover Estate’ at The Great Hall.
London Met hosts research conference celebrating migrant nurses in the NHS
The conference provided an in depth look into current challenges and historical legacies of nurses who have migrated to the UK to work in the National Health Service.
London Met professor launches new book at the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre
Professor Louise Ryan’s new book ‘Social Networks and Migration’, published in January by Bristol University Press, was officially launched at the GDIRC
London Met signs partnership agreement with music charity Musiko Musika
The partnership, coordinated by the London Met Lab: Empowering London, is part of the University’s commitment to giving back to the city.
US-Mexico Border Migrant Crisis: If you don't pay, you don't pass.
Reader in Sociology Dr María López discusses the recent fire in Ciudad Juarez and the added threat of institutional violence facing migrants.
Expert comment: Is the 'warm welcome' for Afghan evacuees cooling down?
London Met academics Louise Ryan, Maria Lopez and Alessia Dalceggio react to the government's plan to end hotel accommodation for Aghan refugees.
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.