Staff from all areas of the arts and social sciences are involved in the study of communities in transition. Applicants are welcome to approach any member of staff, but some of our key projects, centres and areas of expertise include:
Third Sector Research Centre
The TSRC (www.tsrc.ac.uk) examines communities as represented in the third sector: that is, all groups and organisations operating outside the formal state or public sphere. It aims to explore the role, value and evolution of the sector through a range of workstreams including the longitudinal research programme “Real Times” and “Below the Radar” focus on micro civil society groups and actions.
Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
IRiS is currently under development. The institute brings together over 50 academics from across Birmingham for the interdisciplinary study of superdiversity. IRiS examines the presence and effects of superdiversity in a range of different environments as well as problematising the concept as a category for analysis.
Active citizenship and counter-terrorism
This strand focuses upon active citizenship within counter-terrorism policy. It examines the challenges for policy makers attempting to involve and engage with communities in counter-terrorism purposes and the implications of the responsibilitisation of communities.
Musical Communities in Transition
Music provides an important barometer of change and transition in shifting and resettling communities. This field focuses upon the diasporic experience as reflected in music in general, and in communities associated with Birmingham in particular.
Professor Andrew Kirkman (Head of Department of Music)
MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism
MOSAIC provides a forum for the development of new, interdisciplinary lines of enquiry related to bilingualism/multilingualism, multilingual literacy, bilingual education, second language learning and contemporary discourses about linguistic and cultural diversity.
The University of Birmingham's Heritage and Cultural Learning Hub and Ironbridge Institute are concerned with the preservation and examination of communities in transition, in the past through to the present using methods such as digital media.
Centre of West African Studies
This interdisciplinary centre focuses on how processes of transformation affect ordinary people. It explores communities through stages of slavery, liberation, revolution, state formation, crisis and the diaspora beyond the African continent.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
This Leverhulme Trust-funded project examines the roles of NGOs in modern Britain (www.ngo.bham.ac.uk) and the wider world. It explores how new community formations around values and interests have led to the creation of new forms of activism and institutions.
Cultural Intermediation: Connecting communities in the creative urban economy
This AHRC-funded ‘Connect communities’ project is one part of a wider interest among cultural geographers in the city as both a manifestation of cultural activity and a space through which uniquely urban cultures are brought into being cultures are brought into being