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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.


MEAD Seminar Series 2022

The Cruel Optimism of Racial Justice

Professor Nasar Meer (University of Edinburgh)

Wednesday 12 October, 1-2pm (via zoom)

Visit Eventbrite for abstract, speaker bio and register for a ticket.

Overcoming Racism in Higher Education: a personal journey against prevailing trends

Professor Urfan Khaliq (Professor of Public International and European Laws. Pro-Vice Chancellor & Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Professor Sin Yi Cheung (School of Social Sciences)

In this seminar, Professor Khaliq will hold an extended Q&A session.

Wednesday 14 December 12:30-13:45 (in-person seminar, Committee Room 2, Glamorgan Building)

More details including Registration link to follow.

MEAD 2022 Conference

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.

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