Dr Varun Uberoi

BA (Hons), D Phil (Oxon), FHEA

Pronouns: He/him
  • Research and Innovation Director (International Relations, Politics and History)
  • Reader in Political Theory and Public Policy

Dr Uberoi is a Reader in Political Theory and Public Policy.  A symposium of articles in the journal Ethnicities is devoted to the significance and value of Uberoi’s research and that of his co-authors. He is on the Editorial board of the journal Nations and Nationalism and co-edits the Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series for Palgrave Macmillan. His work has been used by the UK Cabinet Office and the Home Office, the UK Parliament, the Canadian Department for Citizenship and Immigration and the Australian Senate Committee for Strengthening Multiculturalism. His work also features in public debate as it is referred to in parliamentary debates, by the BBC, The Independent and Gazetta and by think tank researchers at Policy Exchange, The Runnymede Trust, The Dialogue Society and the Association for Canadian Studies. He has also won grants from the ESRC, The British Academy, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, The International Council of Canadian Studies, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and the Indian Council of Social Scientific Research.

Uberoi did his doctoral and post-doctoral work at the University of Oxford and he is now Reader in Political Theory and Public Policy at Loughborough University. He is a political theorist of multiculturalism and his research has four related aims. First, he examines historically why political theorists began to focus on multiculturalism in the late 1980s and early 1990s; and he shows how this change relates to broader changes in political thought in a number of countries. Second, he adapts, synthesises and then justifies different contextual approaches to the political theory of multiculturalism so as to form his own approach. Third, he uses this approach to show why and how the members of contemporary Western societies can become united enough to not fear their racial, religious and cultural differences as this will help to reduce the different forms of discrimination and exclusion that minorities often have to endure. Fourth, he uses this research to inform policymakers and public debate; and to promote reforms that his research justifies.

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • History of Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Chibuzor Tina Amada: The Influence of Christian Interest Groups in the UK
  • Vivek Yadev: Untouchability, Democracy and Recognition Theory. Commonwealth Scholar. Pass with no corrections
  • Harun Muratgullari: Turkish Minor Political Parties. Awarded in 2018. Pass with minor corrections.
  • Elisabetta Mecca: Multi-level governance and environmental policy: the role of transnational municipal networks in the definition of local policy-making. Awarded in 2015. Pass with no corrections.

Uberoi, V, Sealey, T, Meer, N (ed) (2024) “The Resilience of Multiculturalism: Ideas, Politics, Practice”, Edinburgh University Press.

Modood, T, Uberoi, V, Thompson, S (2022) The centre for the study of ethnicity and citizenship: Multiculturalism, racialisation, religion and national identity twenty years onEthnicities, 22(4), pp.511-526, ISSN: 1468-7968.

Uberoi, V. (2021) 'Oakeshott and Parekh: The Influence of British Idealism on British Multiculturalism'. History of Political Thought, 42 (4). pp. 730 - 754. ISSN: 0143-781X
Uberoi, V. and Modood, T. (2019) 'The Emergence of the Bristol School of Multiculturalism'. Ethnicities, 19 (6). pp. 955 - 970. ISSN: 1468-7968
Uberoi, V. (2018) 'National Identity – A Multiculturalist’s Approach'. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 21 (1). pp. 46 - 64. ISSN: 1369-8230
Uberoi, V. (2016) 'Legislating Multiculturalism and Nationhood: The 1988 Canadian Multiculturalism Act'. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 49 (2). pp. 267 - 287. ISSN: 0008-4239
Uberoi, V. and Modood, T. (2013) 'Inclusive Britishness: A Multiculturalist Advance'. Political Studies, 61 (1). pp. 23 - 41. ISSN: 0032-3217
Uberoi, V. (2009) 'Multiculturalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms'. Political Studies, 57 (4). pp. 805 - 827. ISSN: 1467-9248
Uberoi, V. (2007) 'Social unity in Britain'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33 (1). pp. 141 - 157. ISSN: 1369-183X
Uberoi, V. (2008) 'Do policies of multiculturalism change national identities?'. Political Quarterly, 79 (3). pp. 404 - 417. ISSN: 1467-923X