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Prof. Claire Dwyer

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cdwyer.jpgDepartment of Geography,
University College London,
26 Bedford Way,

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Claire Dwyer grew up in Letchworth Garden City in Herfordshire. She graduated in geography from the University of Oxford in 1987. Having gained a PGCE from Nottingham University 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 University of Syracuse (USA) and then moved to the department of Geography at University College London where she completed her PhD in 1997.  Claire has been on the teaching staff in the department of geography at UCL since 1995.

Claire has served on the editorial boards of South Asian Diaspora (2009-), Gender, Place and Culture (2001-12), Social and Cultural Geography (2002-8) and the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2001-2006). She was a committee member of the Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) 1997-2011. She served on the Gender and Geography Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union (IGU) from 2009-2016.

She has been the Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, UCL since 2010.


Dwyer, C.L., Worth, N. (Eds.), (2016). Geographies of Children and Young People Volume 4: Identities and Subjectivities. Singapore: Springer.

Dwyer, C., Bressey, C. (Eds.), (2008). New Geographies of Race and Racism. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jackson, P., Crang, P., Dwyer, C. (Eds) (2004). Transnational Spaces. London: Routledge.

Limb, M., Dwyer, C. (2001). (Eds)  Qualitative Methodologies for Geographies: Issues and Debates. London: Arnold.

Laurie, N., Dwyer, C., Holloway, S., Smith, F. (1999). Geographies of New Femininities. New York: Longman.



Dwyer, C.L. (2018). Suburban miracles: encountering the divine off Highway 99. In Bartolini, N., MacKian, S., Pile, S. (Eds.), Spaces of Spirituality. London: Routledge.

Dwyer, C.L. (2017). Spiritualising the suburbs: new religious architecture in suburban London and Vancouver. In Hegner, V., Margry, P.J. (Eds.),Spiritualising the City: Agency and resilience of the urban and urbanseque habitat. (pp. 115-130). London: Routledge.

Dwyer, C.L. (2017). Migration, Transnationalism, Catholicism: Transnational geographies, spaces and practices. In Erdal, M., Pasura, D. (Eds.),Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism Global Perspectives. (pp. 337-347). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dwyer, C.L. (2017). Transnational religion, multiculturalism and global suburbs. In Garbin, D., Strhan, A. (Eds.), Religion and the Global City. (pp. 173-188). London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Dwyer, C.L. (2016). Everyday negotiations: religion in urban life. In Guesnet, F., Laborde, C., Lee, L. (Eds.), Negotiating Religion Cross-disciplinary perspectives. (pp. 139-150). Routledge.

Dwyer, C.L. (2014). Reinventing Muslim space in suburbia: the Salaam Centre in Harrow, North London. In Bruun, S. (ed) The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics. New York: Springer.

Dwyer, C.L. (2013). Diasporas. In Cloke, P., Crang, P., Goodwin, M. (Eds.), Introducing Human Geographies. London: Routledge.

Dwyer, C.L., Crang, P. (2012). Fashioning ethnicities: the commerical spaces of multiculture. In Bauman, G., Vertovec, S. (Eds.), Multiculturalism.London: Routledge.

Dwyer, C.L., Modood, T., Sanghera, G., Shah, B., Thapar-Bjorkert, S. (2011). Educational achievement and career aspiration for young British Pakistanis. In Modood, T., Salt, J. (Eds.), Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness. (pp. 177-204). Palgrave MacMillan.

Uberoi, V., Modood, T. , Dwyer C. L. (2011). Feeling and Being Muslim and British. In Modood, T., Salt, J. (Eds.), Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness.(pp. 205-224-). Palgrave MacMillan.

Dwyer, C.L. (2010). British Asian Retail Spaces: from suitcase to showroom. In Breward, C., Crang, P., Crill, R. (Eds.), British Asian style. (pp. 148-159-). Victoria & Albert Museum.

Dwyer, C. L(2010). British Asian Retail Spaces: from suitcase to showroom. In Breward, C., Crang, P. (Eds.), British Asian Style. (pp. 148-159). London: Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dwyer, C.L. (2010). Diasporas and Economies. In Knott, K., McLoughlin, S. (Eds.), Diasporas. (pp. 87-90). .

Dwyer, C. L. (2010). Multicultural Britain: Current Geographical Debates. In Zehner, K., Wood, G. (Eds.), Großbritannien Lesebuch. (pp. 159-166). Heidelberg: Springer.

Dwyer, C.L. , Uberoi, V. (2009). British Muslims and 'community cohesion' debates. In Phillips, R. (Ed.), Muslim spaces of hope: geographies of possibility in Britain and the West. (pp. 199-221). London: Zed Books.

Dwyer, C. L. , Bressey, C. (2009). Introduction: Island geographies: New geographies of race and racism. In Dwyer, C. Bressey, C. (Eds.), New Geographies of Race and Racism (pp. 1-13), Ashgate: Aldershot

Dwyer, C. L.  (2009). Jackson, P.. In Kitchin, R., Thrift, N. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 6. (pp. 1-3). Oxford: Elsevier.

Dwyer, C., Shah, B. (2009). Rethinking the identities of young British Muslim Women. In Hopkins, P., Gale, R. (Eds.), Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities. (pp. 55-73). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Dwyer, C.L. (2006). Fabrications of India. Transnational Fashion Networks. In Breward, C., Gilbert, D. (Eds.), Fashion's World Cities. (pp. 217-233). Oxford: Berg.

Dwyer, C., Crang, P. (2006). Fashioning ethnicities: the commercial spaces of multiculture. In Welters, L., Lillethun, A. (Eds.), The Fashion Reader. Oxford: Berg.

Dwyer, C. (2005). Diasporas. In Introducing Human Geographies. (pp. 495-315). Edward Arnold.

Kneale, J., Dwyer, C. (2004). Consumption. In Duncan, J., Johnson, N., Schein, R. (Eds.), A Companion to Cultural Geography. (pp. 298-315). Oxford: Blackwell.

Dwyer, C. (2004). Tracing transnationalities through commodity culture: a case study of British-South Asian fashion. In Jackson, P., Crang, P., Dwyer, C. (Eds.), Transnational Spaces. (pp. 60-77). Routledge.

Dwyer, C. (2003). Feminist Geographies: Intersections of space and gender. In Rogers, A., Viles, H. (Eds.), A Student's Companion to Geography.(pp. 129-133). London: Blackwell.

Dwyer, C. (2003). Where are you from? young British Muslim women and the making of 'home'. In Postcolonial Geographies. (pp. 184-199). London: Continuum.

Dwyer, C., Limb, M. (2001). Introduction: Doing Qualitative Research in Geography. In Limb, M., Dwyer, C. (Eds.), Qualitative Methodologies for Geographers. (pp. 1-22). London: Arnold.

Dwyer, C. (1999). Migrations and Diaspora. In Crang, P., Cloke, P., Goodwin, M. (Eds.), Introducing Human Geographies. (pp. 287-295). London: Edward Arnold.

Dwyer, C., Smith, F. (1998). Gendered Geographies. In Unwin, T. (Ed.), A European Geography. (pp. 274-290). London: Longman.

Dwyer, C. (1997). Contested identities: challenging dominant representations of young British Muslim women. In Skelton, T., Valentine, G. (Eds.),Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Cultures. (pp. 50-65). London: Routledge.

Dwyer, C., Meyer, A. (1996). The establishment of Islamic schools - a controversial phenomenon in three European countries. In Shadid, W.A.R., van Koningsveld, P.S. (Eds.), Muslims in the margin: political responses to the presence of Islam in three European countries. Kampen: Kok Pharos.

Dwyer, C. (1993). Constructions of Muslim identity and the contesting of power: the debate over Muslim schools in the United Kingdom. In Jackson, P., Penrose, J. (Eds.), Constructions of race, place and nation. (pp. 143-159). London: UCL Press.


Journal articles

N. Ahmed, Dwyer, C. and D. Gilbert. (2019 in press) ‘Faith, planning and changing multiculturalism: constructing religious buildings in London’s suburbia.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies

D. Gilbert, Dwyer, C., Ahmed, N., Cuch, L. & Hyacinth, N. (2019) ‘The hidden geographies of religious creativity: place-making and material culture in West London faith communities’  Cultural Geographies 26 (1), pp.23-41

D. Gilbert,  Dwyer, C. & Ahmed, N. (2019) ‘Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the Politics of Suburban London’ The Political Quarterly 90 (1), p.72-80.

Ahmed, N., Dwyer, C. (2017). ‘Living, changing light’: stained glass art and gendered creativity in the suburban church. Culture and Religion, 1-17. doi:10.1080/14755610.2017.1376695

Dwyer, C., Tse, J., Ley, D. (2016). ‘Highway to Heaven’: the creation of a multicultural, religious landscape in suburban Richmond, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (5), 667-693. doi:10.1080/14649365.2015.1130848

Dwyer, C. (2016). Why does religion matter for cultural geographers?. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (6), 758-762. doi:10.1080/14649365.2016.1163728

Gilbert, D., Cuch, L., Dwyer, C., Ahmed, N. (2016). The Sacred and the Suburban: Atmospherics, numinosity and 1930s interiors in Ealing, London. Interiors, 6 (3), 211-234. doi:10.1080/20419112.2015.1125616

Dwyer, C.L., Gilbert,, D., Ahmed, N. (2015). Building the Sacred in Suburbia: Improvisation, Reinvention and Innovation. Built Environment, 41 (4), 477-490.

Dwyer, C. (2015). Photographing Faith in Suburbia. Cultural Geographies, 22 (3), 531-538. doi:10.1177/1474474014545300

Dwyer, C.L. (2014). Faith in Suburbia: a shared photography journey. Material Religion: the journal of objects, art and belief, 10 (1), 119-121

Dwyer, C., Parutis, V. (2013). "Faith in the system?' State-funded faith schools in England and the contested parameters of community cohesion. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38 (2), 267-284. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00518.x (Republished in an online special issue of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers on geographies of education)

Dwyer, C., Gilbert, D., Shah, B. (2013). Faith and suburbia: Secularisation, Modernity and the changing geographies of religion in London's suburbs. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00521.x

Shah, B., Dwyer, C., Gilbert, D. (2012). Landscapes of diasporic religious belonging in the edge-city: The Jain temple at Potters Bar, Outer London. South Asian Diasporas, 4 (1), 77-94.

Meer, N., Dwyer, C., Modood, T. (2010). Beyond "angry Muslims "? reporting Muslim voices in the British press. Journal of Media and Religion, 9 1-16.

Meer, N., Dwyer, C., Modood, T. (2010). Embodying Nationhood? Conceptions of British national identity, citizenship, and Gender in the ‘Veil Affair’. The Sociological Review, 58 (1), 84-111.

Shah, B., Dwyer, C., Modood, T. (2010). Explaining Educational Achievement and Career Aspirations among young British Pakistanis: Mobilising ‘Ethnic Capital’?’. Sociology, 44 (6), 1-19.

Dwyer, C.L., Davies, G. (2009). Qualitative methods III: animating archives, artful interventions and online environments. Progress in Human Geography, 34 (1), 88-97.

Dwyer, C. (2008). Book reviews in Gender, Place and Culture: some analysis and reflections. Gender, Place and Culture, 15 (1), 11-14.

Dwyer, C., Shah, B., Sanghera, G. (2008). 'From cricket lover to terror suspect'-challenging represenations of young British Muslim men'. Gender, Place and Culture, 15 (2), 117-136.

Davies, G., Dwyer, C. (2008). 'Qualitative Methods II: minding the gap'. Progress in Human Geography, 32 (3), 399-406. doi:10.1177/0309132507084403

Smith, F.M., Jamison, J., Dwyer, C. (2008). Work and wonder at the weekend: On emotions in feminist geographical praxis. Gender, Place and Culture, 15 (5), 533-545. doi:10.1080/09663690802300878

Jackson, P., Thomas, N.D., C. (2007). Consuming transnational fashion in London and Mumbai. Geoforum, 38 908-924.

Davies, G., Dwyer, C. (2007). Qualitative methods: are you enchanted or are you alienated?. Progress in Human Geography, 31 (2), 257-266. doi:10.1177/0309132507076417

Jackson, P., Crang, P., Dwyer, C. (2004). Introduction: The spaces of transnationality. Transnational Spaces, 1-23. doi:10.4324/9780203647219

Dwyer, C., Jackson, P. (2003). Commodifying difference: selling EASTern fashion. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21 (3), 269-291. doi:10.1068/d349

Dwyer, C., Jackson, P., Crang, P. (2003). Transnationalism and the spaces of commodity culture. Progress in Human Geography, 27 (4), 438-456. doi:10.1191/0309132503ph443oa

Dwyer, C., Crang, P. (2002). Fashioning Ethnicities: the commercial spaces of multiculture. Ethnicities, 2 (3), 410-430.

Dwyer, C. (2001). Linking research and teaching: a staff-student interview project. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 25 (3), 357-366.

Dwyer, C. (2000). Negotiating diasporic identities: young British South Asian Muslim women. Women's Studies International Forum, 23 (4), 475-486.

Dwyer, C. L. (1999). Contradictions of Community: questions of identity for British Muslim women. Environment and Planning A, 31 53-68.

Dwyer, C. L. (1999). Veiled meanings: British Muslim women and the negotiation of differences. Gender, Place and Culture, 6 (1), 5-26.

Dwyer, C., Varley, A. (1996). Giving women a voice? Current debates about feminist research methods in geography. Bloomsbury Geographer, 23 34-41.

Dwyer, C., Meyer, A. (1995). The institutionalisation of Islam in the Netherlands and the UK: the case of Islamic schools. New Community, 21 (1), 37-54.


Working/Discussion Paper

Dwyer, C., Tse, J., Ley, D. (2013). Immigrant integration and religious transnationalism: the case of the ‘Highway to Heaven’ in Richmond, BC.Vancouver: Metropolis British Columbia.


I am a social geographer with research interests in the intersections of migration and multiculturalism and geographies of religion and ethnicity.

Migration, Transnationalism and Religion

I am interested in the transnational geographies of faith communities. My current research Making Suburban Faith focuses on the design, material culture and popular creativity of transnational suburban faith communities in West London. Previous work has focused on the transnational suburban landscapes of religion in Vancouver and transnational commodity culture between Britain and South Asia.

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 men and women; representations of Islam in the public sphere. I am currently working with UCL colleagues to explore ongoing debates about religion, multiculturalism and the public sphere through the Negotiating Religion Series

Geographies of gender and feminist geography. My main research interests are in the intersection of gender, ethnicity and religion, particularly in relation to Islam and the ways in which migration processes are gendered.

I co-lead  the department's Culture and Migration Research Group and am Co-Director of  the Migration Research Unit.

Making Suburban Faith is a research project which involves collaboration with a range of different local and community groups. We have collaborated with Brentside School and architects Mangera Yvars on a student architecture project with exhibitions at Ealing Library, UCL and Somerset House. The project also involves collaboration with Gunnersbury Park Museum with contributions to their permanent collection and temporary exhibitions 'Fabric of Faith' (2018) and 'Faith in Suburbia: a photographic journey' (2013). The project has also provided advice to Ealing SACRE and the architecture project has been developed for student projects in Hong Kong and Barcelona.

The Migration Research Unit provides briefing and policy papers and organises an annual student conference as well as collaborating in organsining evens such as the Refugee in a Moving World Series.

MSc Global Migration: Course Convenor


  • GEOG 1006: Ideas in Geography (Course Convenor)
  • GEOG3048: Migration and Transnationalism (Co-Convenor)


  • GEOGG202: Issues in Global Migration (Course Convenor)
  • GEOGG201: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration ( Contributor)
  • GEOGG036: Migration and Urban Multicultures (Course Convenor)

Current PhD Students

  • Shayan Moftizadeh (2016, first supervisor) Exploring identities amongst second generation Kurdish diaspora in the UK
  • Katie Taylor-Heaps (2016, second supervisor) Violence and gendered national identity in Lebanon and Palestine
  • Suriyah Bi (2015, Second supervisor) 'Spousal migration and domestic violence'
  • Kat Eghdamian (2015, Second Supervisor) 'Representations and experiences of Syrian religious minority refugees in Turkey and Jordan
  • Laura Cuch (2015, First Supervisor) 'A visual exploration of religous and domestic material culture'
  • Sarah Kunz (2015, Second supervisor) 'The Expatriate: opening up a category'
  • Chia-Yuan Huang (2015, First Supervisor) Taiwanese highly skilled migration to Shanghai and Singapore
  • Alex Ma (2015, First Supervisor) 'Myanma labour migration to Singapore and Remittances'
  • Ruth Slatter (2013, Second supervisor) 'Methodism as designed space'
  • Caroline Ford (2013, First Supervisor) ‘Contested new religious spaces in Britain’
  • Kristin Hartmann (2013, Second Supervisor) ‘New Islamic architecture in Kosovo’