We recognise the importance of ethnicity and migration to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion.
Our research projects promotes the study of ethnicity in three broad areas:
- ethnicity, politics and citizenship
- ethnicity and inequalities
- migration and transnational networks.
The following Centre research projects and programmes have had particular influence on public debates and policies.
Changing attitudes towards British Muslims
Fostering a deeper understanding of multiculturalism and steering improvements in standards of equality.
Marriage Migration and Integration
This project combines analysis of relevant quantitative data sets, with qualitative research with the two largest ethnic groups involved (Indian Sikhs and Pakistani Muslims), to compare transnational ‘homeland’ marriages with intra-ethnic marriages within the UK.
Building the Bridge: Muslim community engagement in Bristol
The Building the Bridge project is being carried out within a major new research initiative at the University of Bristol, the ‘Productive Margins Programme’ that is funded by the ESRC/AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme: Productive Margins. The project will: examine the history and development of Building the Bridge; work with Muslim community groups in Bristol to co-produce research exploring opportunities for and obstacles to Muslim engagement in local democracy; and create a collaborative space for communities and academics to deliberate future directions for community engagement in a climate of spending cuts.
This large project explored how British government strategies and policies recognise and respond to Muslim religious difference and enable Muslim participation in governance.