This cluster addresses questions around the dynamics of security and insecurity, the structural patterns of global poverty and disadvantage, and the evolving international balances and imbalances of state power. The Global Insecurities Centre, Centre for East Asian Studies , and International Politics Group generate activities that contribute to this theme.
Topics include the changing patterns of ethnic relations and identification; multiculturalism, religion and liberal democracy; Muslim minorities in the West; migration, return migration and transnational communities; and transnational elite migration. The Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship and the Migration reading group advance this research agenda.
Studies focus on European governance and the European Union; the relationship between European Union institutions and national policies; European civil society; Europeanization processes, and the transformation of the European public sphere. This research is supported by the activities of the European Governance reading group.
Research in this theme addresses the 'state of the art' issues of: gender; family and work; poverty and class; and social justice. The Townsend Centre on Poverty, Innocence Project, Class and Power Network and Gender and Governance Group carry their relevant activities forward in this theme.
Research in this cluster advances theory in the disciplines of sociology and politics. Work has considered themes of distributive justice, feminism theory, history of political thought, Marxism, masculinities and postsecularism.
This cluster explores the EU-Asia relationship, party politics in South Asia, the development of diasporic identities, historical and contemporary perspectives on globalisation. The Centre for East Asian Studies and the South Asia reading group encourage research in this area.