Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)
Nira Yuval-Davis has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersected nationalisms, racisms...
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis is the Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at UEL. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, a member of the Sociology sub-panel of the British Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008 and is an editor of the book series ‘the Politics of Intersectionality’ of Palgrave MacMillan.
Nira is one of the founder members of the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones and of Women Against Fundamentalism and has served as an expert and consultant to various international organizations such as Amnesty International, the UNDP and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. In her recent major ESRC research project she used participatory theatre techniques as a research methodology working with refugees in East London.
Nira Yuval-Davis has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersected nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and gender relations in Britain & Europe, Israel and other Settler Societies. Among her written and edited books are Woman - Nation - State (Macmillan, 1989); Racialized Boundaries (Routledge, 1992); Unsettling Settler Societies (Sage, 1995); Gender and Nation (1997, Sage); Women, Citizenship & Difference (Zed Books, 1999); Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms (WLUML, 2004) ; and The Situated Politics of Belonging (Sage, 2006) The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations (Sage, 2012) . Her works have been translated to more than ten different languages.
Previous posts held
Supervision of research students (PhD)
Nira is the Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)
The Centre brings together the interdisciplinary work carried out within the School, in the related areas of migration and refugee studies; diasporas and social cohesion; racism, nationalism and political religions; as well as citizenship, identity and belonging.
CMRB also collaborates with individuals, academic institutions and organisations outside UEL on research, conferences and seminars, in order to build knowledge on these crucial issues and provide a space for debate and creative thinking.
Financed though the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, EUBorderscapes, is a new international research project that tracks and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders. It is a large-scale project with a consortium that includes 22 partner institutions from 17 different states, including several non-EU countries. The EUBorderscapes project will study conceptual change in relation to fundamental social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades. In addition, major paradigmatic shifts in scientific debate, and in the social sciences in particular, will also be considered.
This ESRC research project brought together theatre and social sciences in the study of the lives and identities of Refugees.
The research explored constructions and politics of identity and belonging among refugee communities in London - Kosovan, Kurdish, Somali and a mixed refugee course. These Identity constructions were narrated and performed during interactive community theatre events and consequent reflections in several community centres in London.
Further information about the project is available www.uel.ac.uk/ipsa/
August, 2001, Organized an Interim Conference of the Research Committee on Race and Ethnicity of the International Sociological Association in the NGO Forum of the UN World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa.
February, 2002, Organized a Memorial Conference for Tijen Uguris on Gender, Ethnicity and Place, University of Greenwich, London
July, 2002, Organized the fifteen panels’ stream on Race, Ethnicity and Minority Relations at the International Sociological Association Conference, Brisbane, Australia and in charge of two panel on Gendered Racisms and on Indigenous People.
August, 2004, Co-organizing the interim conference of ISA RC05 and IRC32 on ‘Racisms, Sexisms and Contemporary Politics of Belonging’, London
July 2006, on the organizing committee of the congress of the International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa; co-organized the semi-plenary symposia as well as the eighteen panels of the RC05.
September 2007, co-organized an international workshop on “Feminisms and Activism: Transversal Politics in Contemporary Europe and Across the Globe”, funded by the European Science Foundation and the Global Fund for Women which took place at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Inter-College, Cyprus
March 2008, co-organized a multi-disciplinary national conference on the ‘Methodological, Theoretical and Political Aspects of Participatory Research among Refugees’, ESRC Identities and Social Action research Programme & UEL.
Refereeing publications and editorial work:
Reviewed articles, refereed articles, monographs and proposals for book series as well as endorsed books among others for the American Sociological Review, Capital and Class; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnicities; Feminist Review; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Signs, Sociology; International Sociology; Sociological Review; Theory, Cullture & Society; Citizenship Studies; Journal of Middle East Studies; Ashgate Press, Blackwell Publications, Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Polity Press, Routledge and Sage Publications.
Reviewed research proposals for the ESRC, the ESF, the SSRC, the Australian Social Sciences Research Council, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the Icelandic Research Fund, the Nuffield Foundation, the Australian Marshallplan Foundation, the Viennese Social Sciences and Humanities Council, Newcastle University in Australia, University fo Vienna, Danish Agency for Science, UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva
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