IRiS research rated 'Excellent' by European research councils

Posted on Monday 3rd March 2014

Research conducted by researchers at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity has been rated ‘Excellent’ by the Arts and Humanities research councils of Europe.

IRiS logoThe research project, Investigating discourses of inheritance and identity in four multilingual European settings, was funded through the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research Programme. A collaboration with Copenhagen University, Stockholm University, and Tilburg University, the project was led by IRiS researchers Professor Adrian Blackledge, Professor Angela Creese, Professor (Emeritus) Marilyn Martin-Jones, and Jaspreet Kaur Takhi.

A research team across the four universities investigated how multilingual young people in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK negotiate identity and belonging in and beyond educational settings. The research also developed innovative research methods, and contributed to policy and practice in the inclusion of minority languages in Europe.

In awarding the project five ratings of ‘Excellent’ the HERA Review Panel said “This is an important project because in multi-cultural societies it is vital to understand how multilingual groups interact”. They said the project’s findings were “of great importance to future policy-makers and educationalists, and certainly deserve to be taken very seriously indeed by European governments”.

Project Leader Professor Adrian Blackledge said, "This is a very welcome endorsement of our collaborative, international work as we continue to investigate multilingualism in superdiverse societies".

Read the project Summary Report