Research Grants: Transnational Spaces
Dr Caroline Bressey
- The black presence in 19th century Britain
Leverhulme Trust: 2010-2012: £70,000
Dr Caroline Bressey has been awarded a 2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize, awarded to outstanding young scholars who have made a substantial contribution to their field of study, recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise. The prize is supporting Caroline’s research on the black presence in 19th century Britain, and will enable her to visit archives in Australia and the United States.
Dr. Claire Dwyer
- Ethnicity and Citizenship programme: This joint programme, between the UCL Migration research Unit and the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, under the Leverhulme Centre for Migration and Citizenship, consists of eight linked projects, examining three elements in human mobility and its consequences: the diversity of migratory movements today; the settlement of previous generations and descendants; and the impact on and interaction with 'receiving' societies.
- National Identity, Citizenship and Religious ‘difference’
Leverhulme Trust: 2006-2009: £68,000
Undertaken with Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol), this project has analysed discourses about ‘British national identity’ and the role of ethno-religious minorities, particularly Muslims. The selected arenas for analysis have been: political discourses about ‘community cohesion’ policies; media debates about the wearing of the niqab/hijab; and public debates about faith schools. It follows an earlier (2003-2005) project on British Pakistanis: Exploring differential outcomes in relation to gender and social capital (with Professor Tariq Modood & Dr. Suruchi-Thapar), which interviewed young people from Pakistani Muslim background in Slough and Bradford, to explore their educational experiences and outcomes.
Professor Paul Longley
- The Genetics of the people of the British Isles and their Faces
Wellcome Trust: 2009-2014: £35,821
The project involves the geographical analysis of population DNA and facial characteristics in the British Isles as part of a collaborative £2 million Wellcome Trust programme with Oxford University. The UCL contribution will seek to analyse the relationship between the British geography of family names and these important biological characteristics. Work so far has involved the geocoding of samples, producing a classification to highlight surnames that concentrate in specific areas, and comparisons of historical surname distributions with those we see today. Future work will investigate the applications of advanced spatial analysis to genetics research, with the aim of improving sample design and our understanding of the geography of genes.
Dr. Pablo Mateos
- Census Geographic Information Visualisation (Censusgiv)
ESRC Census Development Grant: 2009-2010: £81,745
This project, in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis ( ) and co-directed by Professors Paul Longley and Mike Batty, involves innovative research, “to investigate and develop prototype technologies for intuitive geographic visualisation of the UK 2011 Census of Population at small area level.” The technologies will be accessible to the general public as well as specialist users, via an easy-to-use website focussed on exploring the data geographically using freely available mapping mashups. The mapping interface will build on the experience developed at UCL as part of the Spatial Literacy in Teaching project ( ) and National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) nodes at CASA ( and ), each of which relate thematic maps to easy-to-understand "real geography".
- The Geography and Ethnicity of People’s Names
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: 2007-2008: £116,000
The Fellowship addressed the development and application of innovative ethnicity classification methods to the spatial analysis of people's names at a range of scales, and their dissemination to a wide audience in the social sciences, policy analysis and the general public. The work may be linked to a wide range of population issues, including international and internal migration, ethnic and social inequalities, residential segregation, and historical population processes.
- Socio-economic segregation in Mexico City
Initial stage 2009-2010: SPLINT fellowship £5,000: UNAM international collaboration £4,000.
This is a research collaboration with Dr. Adrian Guillermo Aguilar, at the Mexico National University (UNAM). The aim is to develop studies of socioeconomic segregation in Latin American cities. It is adapting UCL experience in spatial analysis, the creation of geodemographic classifications of neighbourhoods, and the use of advanced clustering techniques to the Latin-American context. UNAM is contributing extensive knowledge of the history and structure of Mexico City, highly spatially disaggregated socioeconomic data, and large scale cartography. Both universities are sharing resources and skills in Geographic Information Systems applications.
Dr JoAnn Mcgregor
- The Transnational Politics of Exile and Solidarity: Zimbabweans in Britain from 1965.
ESRC/FeC: 2010-2012: £99,535.
Examines the history of Zimbabweans in Britain since 1965, and explores their transnational engagements. Based on oral histories and archival research, it revisits the perspectives of the generation of exiles and students who fled the illegitimate Rhodesian Front regime and mobilised at a distance to help end white minority rule. Reconstructing the politics of this period will enable comparison with the more recent phase of migration and exile, reacting to Zanu-PF rule in the late 1990s, and the modern growth of diaspora communities in Britain, also mobilizing to bring about political change in their homeland. The study will explore how the networks and strategies developed by the first generation of colonial exiles and solidarity activists influenced the experiences and activities of the subsequent, postcolonial, generation.
It will also enhance understanding of the nature of historical connections between Britain and Zimbabwe, through the lived experience of Zimbabwean migrants/exiles and British activists, and its broader impact on the public spheres of both countries.
- Narratives and Legacies of Detention: Zimbabwean Asylum-seekers’ Experiences in Britain.
Nuffield Foundation: 2009: £7,454.
The number of asylum seekers and others detained in Britain has expanded rapidly during the last decade as part of the ‘deportation turn’ in western state policy. Unlike other types of confinement oriented towards integration into British society, immigration detention centres are oriented towards exclusion and removal, even though some detainees are subsequently released on a temporary or longterm basis.
How do those detained construct their experiences of detention? How does a period of confinement affect their attitudes towards self and other, to the law, justice and belonging? What problems do detainees face in rebuilding their lives after release? What are the impacts of detention on broader communities of friends, relatives, compatriots and others?
The research has been conducted in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Association, a registered charity and community-based asylum seeker support organization.
- Crossing the Zambezi: The Politics of Landscape on a Central African Border
Book: Oxford and Rochester NJ: James Curry/Boydell and Brewer.
ISBN-10: 184701402X; ISBN-13: 9781847014023. March 2009
This book is the outcome of research funded by the British Academy and the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund. It is a history of claims to the Zambezi, focussed on the stretch of the river extending from Victoria Falls downstream into Lake Kariba, which today constitutes the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is a story of 150 years of conflict over the changing landscape of the river, in which the tension between the Zambezi's 'river people' and more powerful others has been central.
Professor John Salt
- Ethnicity and Citizenship
Leverhulme Trust: 2003-2010: £1.3m.
This joint programme, between the UCL Migration research Unit and the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, consists of eight linked projects, examining three elements in human mobility and its consequences: the diversity of migratory movements today; the settlement of previous generations and descendants; and the impact on and interaction with 'receiving' societies. The UCL projects under Professor Salt have investigated, 1) the influence of multinational corporations on the international movements of highly skilled labour, 2) the international movement of students into higher education.