University announces establishment of new Research Institute into Superdiversity

The University of Birmingham announed the establishment of a new research institute, the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) on the 24 October 2012. The development of IRiS is the culmination of four years of work by academics from across the University.

IRiS aims to consolidate the expertise of over 60 academics from a range of disciplines and to provide a platform for advanced interdisciplinary research. This Institute will be the first of its kind in the UK.

Ideally located within Britain's largest and most diverse minority/majority city, to develop a ground-breaking research programme of international importance. A major feature of the Institute will be the development of a Practitioner Research programme which will ensure civic engagement with superdiverse communities across the UK.

Plans are currently being made for a number of launch events and an inaugural conference in addition to interdisciplinary research projects around health histories, sociolinguistics, faith and identity, assets and inequality and the development of new methods for mapping superdiverse civil society activities.

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For more information about IRiS contact Ann Bolstridge,