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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

Dr April-Louise Pennant

Dr April-Louise Pennant

Post doctoral Research Fellow


MEAD is pleased to announce our Autumn Seminar Series 2021

All seminars remain online between 13:00-14:00 until further notice. Zoom links will be sent to our mailing list the week of each talk.

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Tuesday 9 November

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

Professor Michaela Benson, University of Lancaster

Wednesday 8 December

‘Rights’ and the wrongs of Prevent

Professor John Holmwood, Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham

Past events

Past external speakers include a mixture of national and international experts:

  • Gurminder Bhambra (Sussex)
  • Gracia Liu-Farrer (Waseda)
  • Foluke Adebisi (Bristol)
  • Jonathan Collins (Brown)
  • Wahida Kent (South Wales)
  • Jenny Phillimore (Birmingham)
  • as well as third-sector organisations such as Race Alliance Wales.

In addition to our regular academic seminars, MEAD also hosted events “Talking with Pictures” to celebrate the International Women’s Day, Black History Month/Black Lives Matter as well as LGBTQ panel discussions.

To find out more about MEAD’s activities please email us at and join our mailing list.

Contact us with any queries.