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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.

Become a member

Membership is open to all researchers, doctoral and master’s students at the University. Associate Membership is available to external members.

To join the group or the mailing list, or to find out more about the group, please email us at for more details.


  • 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.

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

Postgraduate students


Laura Shobiye

Research student

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Monica Thomas

Research student

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Ourania Vamvaka-Tatsi

Research student

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

These monthly meetings provide opportunities for members to present their work, with occasional external speakers.

There will be plenty of scope for debate and discussion on existing research, recently published work, and opportunities for collaborations for future research.

Our meetings also support and develop research proposals for members, as well as workshops and events that are suitable for professionals and practitioners. Past events include “Talking with Pictures” to celebrate the International Women’s Day.

Black History Month: Black Lives Matter

Speakers: Francesca Sobande (Cardiff University), Cindy Ikie (Cardiff University), Craig Pinkney (SOLVE), Jonathan Collins (Brown University)

Over 120 participants attended the event. Watch the panel discussion on YouTube.

LGBTQ+/PRIDE Intersectional Event

A discussion on LGBTQ+ research and community activism led by a diverse LGBTQ+ panel.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:00-14.00.


  • Discuss current issues of LGBTQ+ research
  • Explore the relation between community activism and academic LGBTQ+ led research
  • Present current LGBTQ+ research of MEAD members and doctoral researchers of Cardiff University.

Registration closing date: Sunday 29 November 2020.

Please register on Eventbrite.

Please send any queries to


Name: Professor Sin Yi Cheung (Convenor)
Research area: different forms of social inequalities in Britain and in comparative perspectives, ethno-religious penalties in the labour market, migration, refugee integration, discrimination, education and employment.

Name: Laura Shobiye (Co-Convenor) 
Research area: Learning experiences of forced migrant mothers in Wales

Name: Monica Thomas (Co-Convenor)
Research area: Experiences of mothering amongst black female prisoners

Name: Ourania Vamvaka-Tatsi (Co-Convenor)
Research area: Experiences of black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and LGBTQ refugees in Wales

Contact us with any queries.