News from 2016

Grant: Helen Drake (PHIR) has been awarded an ESRC grant worth £300,000 entitled ‘28+ perspectives on Brexit: a guide to the multi-stakeholder negotiations’. Over the course of the next 18 months Helen and a team of co-investigators, drawn from across the University, will conduct new research designed to inform the UK’s Brexit negotiations in real time. With reference to the forthcoming national elections in key EU member states (including France and Germany), the team will analyse the significance of populist pressures on the setting of national ‘red lines’ towards Brexit, and will explore the processes by which ‘Brussels’ aggregates national positions. Thanks to a network of partners and consultants (including Loughborough alumni), the project will maintain a dynamic stakeholder map in order to identify and benefit as many end users as possible. The project co-investigators are Nicola Chelotti (Loughborough London), Borja Garcia Garcia (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences), Elena Georgiadou (School of Business and Economics) and Stijn van Kessel (School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences), and work begins in April 2017.

Visiting scholar: Dr Martin Lundsteen, assistant professor at the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), will spend one month (March 2017) in Loughborough, thanks to a Santander Mobility Award. He will be working with Marco Antonsich on a grant proposal.

Parliamentary meeting: Michael Skey has been invited to attend a meeting organised by the UK Parliament to reflect on Brexit at Westminster on 10 November 2016. He will be discussing his research on the ethnic majority and how their attitudes towards migration, cultural change and European integration have shaped the current political landscape in Britain.

Visiting scholar: Mette Strømsø, a doctoral researcher from the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, will spend October in Loughborough, working with colleagues in LUNN.

Grant: Iris Wigger has been awarded one of the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants for her new research project: “The end of tolerance?! Race, Sex and Violence in Germany’s media discourse on migration’. Her research – starting in February 2017- will provide a critical discourse analysis of the role and overlapping of racist and sexist stereotypical perceptions of migrant men in Germany's current print media discourse on migration and discuss their representation in wider social and historical context.

Interview: Michael Billig speaks about the British Royal Family and Nationalism in an interview with for Social Sciences Bites (1 Sept 2016)

Key-note: Marco Antonsich, ‘Lived experiences of the everyday nation’, PRIO workshop, Oslo, 9-10 June 2016

New Book: Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Phd Studentship: Building inclusive nations in the age of migration. Due to start: October 2016. Advisors: Dr Marco Antonsich and Professor Sabina Mihelj.