Members of the Centre have recently been involved in the following collaborative projects:
Public Spirit features contributions from a wide range of authors on: the how and who of questions of religious representation; the implications of‘muscular liberalism’ for faith and integration; the role offaith groups andvalues in social action; and finding the right balance between promoting equality and recognising religious difference.
Ethnic Parties and National Unity
Ethnic Parties and National Unity is a three-year project examining the impact of ethnic group-specific party campaigning on ethnic relations and social cohesion. We are interested in whether and how the presence of ethnic parties affects the way people perceive the ethnic “other” and the nation. Ethnic parties could positively influence social cohesion because they integrate ethnic minorities. Or ethnic parties can have a negative impact, by emphasizing and politicizing ethnic differences. To address these questions, we conduct a global comparative analysis of party and survey data as well as in-depth studies of selected countries to examine the nature of these links. In doing so, we provide a new evidence base to inform policy and practice with regard to ethnic parties both in the UK and internationally.
Deportability and the Family: Migrant Men's Negotiations of the right to respect for Family Life
This is a 3 year, ESRC funded qualitative research project examining the intersection of immigration enforcement and family life. Working with UK-based migrant men who are at risk of removal or deportation, and their British or EEA national partners, the project explores the private realm experiences of those with a precarious immigration status, as well as the perspectives of British citizens who are not themselves subject to immigration controls, but whose intimate lives are nonetheless shaped by immigration objectives.
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.
Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance
The research analysed the participation of Muslim actors within a range of governance arrangements at local and national levels. It aimed to understand: how current government strategies and policies relating to citizenship recognised and respond to Muslim religious difference; how participatory forms of governance engaged with Muslim groups, religious values and identities; and the impact of Muslims’ participation in governance on policy processes and outcomes and for the organisation of and relations between Muslim civil society organisations more broadly.
Building the Bridge
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.
ACCEPT: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion (Britain and Hungary)
ACCEPT was concerned with the increasing cultural diversity that characterises European societies and the ways in which it was possible to enhance societal cohesion while respecting ethnic, religious and cultural plurality. ACCEPT debated the principles, practices, and institutional arrangements that are needed to promote tolerance and acceptance of cultural differences. The British and the Hungarian contributions to ACCEPT were coordinated at the Centre.
EURISLAM: Finding a Place for Islam in Europe
EURISLAM examined how Muslims are portrayed in the mass media and relate this to migrant groups' own perceptions, identities and cultural behaviour that are gauged by opinion data. This approach allowed the research team to examine the extent to which mass-media representations of 'culture clashes' and Muslims' cultural demands are similar to, or different from, the experiences of ordinary people. It also showed to what extent public discourses over the position of Islam - often repeated in academic and policy debates - are representative of the real demands and cultural issues that confront Muslims, and over which they have concerns and opinions.
The Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship
The Leverhulme Trust awarded a grant of over a million pounds to a joint research programme of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, hosted by the Department of Sociology, and the Migration Research Unit, based in the Department of Geography, University College London.This joint Programme, consisted of eight linked projects over 5 years and looked at three elements in human mobility and its consequences.
EMILIE: A European approach to multicultural citizenship
This interdisciplinary project was a response to the current “crisis of multiculturalism” and the lack of a common EU intellectual framework to discuss the relevant challenges. The nine partners were selected from nine countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain, UK) so as to represent different experiences of migration and integration, including those still in transition with regard to migration.