Dr. Claire Dwyer
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Department of Geography,
University College London,
26 Bedford Way,
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 5526
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 7565
I am the:
- co-editor of
- co-editor of
- Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit.
Claire Dwyer grew up in Letchworth Garden City in Herfordshire. She graduated in geography from thein 1987. Having gained a PGCE from in 1988 she worked as a secondary school geography teacher for several years.
In 1991 she returned to academic study and gained a Masters Degree in Geography from the(USA) and then moved to the department of Geography at where she completed her PhD in 1997. Claire has been on the teaching staff in the department of geography at UCL since 1995.
Claire currently serves on the editorial boards of Gender, Place and Culture and South Asian Diaspora. She has previously served on the editoral boards of Social and Cultural Geography (2002-8) and the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2001-2006).
Claire is treasurer of the Women and Geography Study Group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. In 2009 she was appointed to the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on on Gender and Geography Steering Committee.
Geographies of race, racism and ethnicity. My research in this area has been concentrated on Muslim identities in Britain and the challenges for debates about multiculturalism posed by the presence of Islamic minorities within Europe. I have published on the debates surrounding the building of Muslim schools; the identities of young Muslim women and women; representations of Islam in the public sphere. Recent research has been funded under the, a joint initative between the Migration Research Unit [add link] and the .
, co-edited by myself and Caroline Bressey was published by Ashgate in 2008.
Transnationalism and diaspora identities. My collaborative research on transnationalism and commodity culture focused on food and fashion in Britain and South Asia and sought to challenge existing definitions of transnationalism and extend current theoretical work on commodity culture and multiculture as well as making a contribution to new fashion theory.
Current work explores the transnational geographies of new suburban faith spaces in the UK and Canada. Research funded by Metropolis British Columbia in collaboration with Professor David Ley of UBC explores the evolution of a suburban religious landscape in the suburb of Richmond, Vancouver. Ongoing collaborative work with Professor David Gilbert and Dr Bindi Shah explores ‘faith in suburbia’ in West London though a comparative historical and inter-faith perspective.
Geographies of gender and feminist geography. My main research interests are in the intersection of gender, ethnicity and religion, particularly in relation to Islam. I am also interested in the development of feminist methodologies.
In 2009 I was appointed to the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Gender and Geography Steering Committee.
April 2010-2011 Grant from Metropolis British Columbia ‘Highway to Heaven?’ New suburban religious landscapes and immigrant integration’ (with Professor David Ley, University of British Columbia)
October 2006-2008 Research funded under the Leverhulme Centre for Migration and Citizenship (£1.3m) ‘National Identity, Citizenship and Religious Difference’ with Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) c.£68,000
October 2003-October 2005: Research funded under the Leverhulme Centre for Migration and Citizenship (£1.3m) ‘British Pakistanis: Exploring differential outcomes in relation to gender and social capital’ with Professor Tariq Modood & Dr. Suruchi-Thapar (University of Bristol) c.£150,000
March 1999-2002 Holder of ESRC grant (with Dr. Philip Crang, Royal Holloway University of London and Professor Peter Jackson, Sheffield University) ‘Commodity Culture and South Asian Transnationality’ £151,980 (Award Number: L214252031)
- GEOG1006 Ideas in Geography (Course Contributor)
- GEOG 2016 Society and Space (Course Convenor)
- GEOG 3015 International Migration (Course Contributor)
- M.Sc. Modernity, Space and Place (Contribute to core teaching and teach a specialist module: Postcolonial Theory and the Multicultural City)
- M.Sc. Global Migration (Course contributor).
- M.Sc. Gender, Society and Representation (Course contributor).
- Postgraduate Teaching: Contributor to the Core Social Science Research, Methods and Methodologies Course
- Editorial Board Member: Gender, Place and Culture; South Asian Diasporas
- Trustee: The Soddy Trust
- Treasurer: Women and Geography Study Group of the RGS-IBG
Ruth Judge (2011 entry, full-time, ESRC funded, ‘From the council estate to the African Orphanage: the impact of low-income youth’s voluntary encounters overseas on class and race identity’)
Jasper Tjaden (2011 entry, part-time) ‘Migrant Integration and Public Opinion – non-European migrant population’s opinion towards citizenship test policy in Germany, Spain and the UK’
Adefemi Adekunle (2009- full time ESRC-CASE funded with the Runnymede Trust) ‘Territorial identities, conflict and futures: Charting the dynamics in youth culture in inner-city London’
Caitlin O’Neil (2008-, full time, ESRC funded) ‘Coming of age in the United States, Becoming Mexican(-American): A study of how young Mexican women engage with ideas of womanhood, family and ‘Mexicanness’ in San Diego, California’
Samina Raman (2007-, full time, Commonwealth Scholarship, Gender Studies) ‘Marriage, identity and young British South Asian Muslim Women’
- Nadia Robb (2007 entry, part-time, self-funded) 'Romanian migrants and transnationalism'
- Stephen Catling, (2006 entry, ESRC funded) ‘Sexuality and Citizenship in the Middle East'
- Gayle Munroe (2005 entry, part-time, self-funded) ‘Transnational activities of Bosnians and Kosovars in Britain’
Previous Research Students
Dr Lauren Wagner (Awarded 2011, Departmental Teaching Assistant) ‘Negotiating diasporic mobilities and becomings: interactions and practices of Europeans of Moroccan descent on holiday in Morocco’
Dr Lia Shimada (Awarded 2010, ORS and NSF funded) 'Transforming Earth and Fire: New narratives of identity and place in the Northern Ireland Peace Process'.
- Dr Violetta Parutis (awarded 2008, jointly supervised with Professor George Kolankiewicz, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, part-time, self-funded) ‘Lithuanian and Polish migrants in London’
- Dr Elaine Ho (awarded January 2007) 'Debating Migration and Citizenship in a Transnational world: highly skilled Singaporeans in London'
- Dr Yvonne Robinson (awarded March 2004, ESRC funded) ‘The Cultural politics of Community Theatre.’
- Dr Jason Lim (awarded 2003, ESRC funded) ‘Ethics and embodiment in racialised, ethnicised and sexualised practice’.
- Dr Sarah Glynn (co-supervised with Richard Dennis, awarded 2003, ESRC funded) ‘The Home and the World: Bengali political mobilisation in London’s East End and a comparison with the Jewish past.’
- Dr Caroline Bressey (co-supervised with Richard Dennis, awarded 2003, ESRC funded) ‘Forgotten Geographies: Historical geographies of Black women in Victorian and Edwardian London.’
- Dr Divya Tolia-Kelly (awarded 2002, ESRC funded) ‘Iconographies of Diaspora: Refracted landscapes and textures of memory of South Asian women in London.’