Working Paper series

IRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversityIRiS Working Paper Series: Reimagining society in the age of superdiversity

IRiS is one of the first research institutions globally that works to advance and promote expertise in the field of superdiversity. Our aim is to encourage discussion and provide up-to-date analysis at the forefront of this field.

The new IRiS working paper series aims to provide a platform for research that is theoretically and methodologically innovative, empirically grounded and policy relevant on the emerging field of superdiversity. Papers will address a range of topics including issues surrounding population dynamics, security, cohesion and integration, identity, global networks, rights and citizenship, service delivery, well-being, social exclusion and opportunities superdiverse societies offer to support economic recovery.

The IRiS working paper series is edited by Dr Nando Sigona and Dr Aleksandra Kozlowska at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham. We welcome proposals for IRiS Working Papers Series from researchers, policy makers and practitioners. For queries and proposals, please email:

List of Working Papers


IRiS WP 8-2015 [PDF]
Superdiverse Britain and new migrant enterprises

by Trevor Jones, Monder Ram, Yaojun Li, Paul Edwards and Maria Villares
Abstract: Diversity has been framed either as positive for economic dynamism and prosperity in British urban spaces, contributing to greater competitiveness, attractiveness of cosmopolitan lifestyle as well as the growth of a variety of migrant enterprises, or as having a negative impact on average wages, job availability and welfare provision. [more...]

IRiS WP 7-2015 [PDF]
Migration and integration, A local and experiential perspective
by Gary Craig
Abstract: This working paper was originally produced for the KING programme, an interdisciplinary and international programme of research funded by the EU, exploring the factors facilitating or impeding the integration of migrants. [more...]

IRiS WP 6-2015 [PDF]
Social networks, social capital and migrant integration at local level - European literature review
by Marta Kindler with Vasselina Ratcheva and Maria Piechowska
Abstract: This Working Paper examines the state of knowledge concerning the relationships between social networks, social capital and migrant integration at local level. [more...]

IRiS WP 5-2015 [PDF]
The challenges of superdiversity for social housing
by Gail Walters
Abstract: The changing nature of many urban communities in the UK is providing challenges to traditional models of managing social housing. [more...]


IRiS WP 4-2014 [PDF]
Causes and experiences of poverty among economic migrants in the UK
by Simon Pemberton, Jenny Phillimore and David Robinson
Abstract:  Poverty is an important driver of migration. Many people migrate to escape poverty. [more...]

IRiS WP 3-2014 [PDF]
Integration practice in the European Union. Initiatives and innovations by institutions and civil society
by Rachel Humphris
Abstract: This paper reviews integration practices undertaken by civil society and local institutions across European Member States that have been identified as [more...]

IRiS WP 2-2014 [PDF]
Researching social relations in super-diverse neighbourhoods. Mapping the field
by Susanne Wessendorf
Abstract: There has been a surge in studies on immigration-related diversity and, more specifically, superdiversity [more...]

IRiS WP 1-2014 [PDF]
Poverty among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. An evidence and policy review

by Jennifer Allsopp, Nando Sigona and Jenny Phillimore
Abstract: This WP review focuses on the experiences of poverty among refugees, asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers, including women [more...]


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