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Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Diversity Research Group

The Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Diversity Research Group (MEAD) is an interdisciplinary research forum based in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

The Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Diversity Research Group (MEAD) is an interdisciplinary research forum based in the School of Social Sciences.

It aims to provide an inclusive platform for debates and discussions of the latest cutting-edge research on MEAD in the UK and beyond.

While primarily sociological and social science oriented, our members also include academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows, doctoral researchers and master’s students from other Academic Schools such as Architecture; English, Communication and Philosophy; Geography and Planning; Healthcare; Journalism; Law and Politics.


  • To create a forum to aid the development of intersectional and interdisciplinary research that involves work on migration, ethnicity, race, or diversity.
  • To provide opportunities for presentation of current research.
  • To foster greater collaboration of projects within Cardiff University and between the university and external organisations, including policy makers, NGOs, and other universities.
  • To develop a network of students, academic scholars, practitioners, policy makers, NGO representatives and partners who share a keen interest in the MEAD research.

To join our mailing list, please email us at

Current and past research of our members range from asylum process, immigrant and refugee integration and settlement experiences, mental health and well-being, faith and schooling, ethnic and racial inequalities in education and employment, incarceration of black mothers and so on.

We hold regular seminars to examine theoretical, methodological and policy issues. Interdisciplinary collaborations are highly encouraged and valued, as is knowledge co-production with non-academic users of our research.

Academic staff

Professor Sin Yi Cheung

Professor Sin Yi Cheung

Professor of Sociology

Dr Asma Khan

Dr Asma Khan

Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2087 5069
Dr April-Louise Pennant

Dr April-Louise Pennant

Post doctoral Research Fellow

+44(0) 292 087 0911

Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Diversity (MEAD) Research Group Seminar Series


All seminars remain online 1-2pm until further notice

Forced Migration, Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Integration: Effects, Risks and Protective Factors

Professor Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham

Wednesday, October 13

Hong Kongers and the coloniality of British citizenship: from decolonisation to ‘Global Britain’

Professor Michaela Benson, University of Lancaster

Tuesday, November 9

Reviewing Prevent, Misrepresenting British Muslims: Why the Shawcross Review is a threat to Democracy

Professor John Holmwood, Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham

[Co-hosted with the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK]

Wednesday December 8

(Rescheduled to 26 January 2022)

Global Multiple Migration: Class-Based Mobility Capital of Elite Chinese Gay Men

Professor Susanne Choi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tuesday 12 January 2022

The Disruptive Politics of Brexit: Rural Communities, Dependency and Migration

Professor Sarah Neal, The University of Sheffield

Wednesday 9 February 2022

Kept Apart: Routine Family Separation in the UK’s Family Immigration System

Professor Katherine Charsley, University of Bristol

Wednesday 9 March 2022

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Perspectives in the New Curriculum: Exploring a Research Agenda

Professor Charlotte Williams, OBE, Bangor University

Wednesday 13 April 2022

Book via Eventbrite

Set in Stone? Statues, Memorials, and Headstones

Professor Gaynor Legall, Chair of the Heritage & Cultural Exchange

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Book via Eventbrite

Disability Under Siege: Constructions of Disability in Jordon, Lebanon and Palestine

Professor Dina Kiwan, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Book via  Eventbrite

MEAD 2022 Conference: Migration, Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Post-Brexit Pandemic Britain


Wednesday 13 July, 2022


Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms 1 & 2, School of Social Sciences, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

We have pleasure in announcing details for our much-anticipated 2022 MEAD Conference. This will be our first in-person event since the pandemic. We very much look forward to seeing many of you there.

Please do share this information via your networks.

Welcome Address

Professor Urfan Khaliq, Pro Vice Chancellor, Head of College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Alexis, Race Equality Charter Panellist (UK), Advance HE; EDI Associate for Arts Council Wales; former Chair of Race Equality Steering Group, Cardiff University
'From Maisonette to Main Building: Tackling inequalities from the inside'

Professor Steve Garner, Head of Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, USA
‘Counter Acts: institutional obstruction of antiracist advances in the age of cancel culture’

Dr Katy Greenland, Reader, School of Social Science, Cardiff University‘
Definitional boundaries of discrimination’

Conference Committee Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to join the conference committee.

If you wish to learn how to organise a conference, please do email us via

PGR Student Bursaries

We have a modest travel budget to support research students outside Cardiff.

To apply, please email for an application form.

Contact us with any queries.