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Nira Yuval-Davis

Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), University of East London

Professor Nira Yuval-Davis is the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London, established in September 2009. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones, a member of the Sociology panel of the UK 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) and on the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) Sociology sub-panels and since September 2001, an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. She has acted as a consultant to various NGOs and Human Rights organizations such as the UNDP, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Amnesty International, AWID and the international Investigative Women’s Delegation ‘Justice in the Gujarat’. She is also an editor of the book series The Politics of Intersectionality of Palgrave Macmilan.

In her recent major ESRC research project she used participatory theatre techniques as a research methodology working with refugees in East London. She recently completed a major EU research project on ‘Borderscapes’ in which she was leading an international team (WP9) which examined everyday bordering in metropolitan cities and different European border zones from a situated intersectional gaze perspective.

Nira has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersected nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and gender relations in Britain & Europe, Israel and other Settler Societies. Among her written and edited books are Woman-Nation-State, 1989, Racialized Boundaries, 1992, Unsettling Settler Societies, 1995, Gender and Nation,1997, Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms, 2004, The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations, 2011, Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity, 2014 and the forthcoming Bordering (2018). Her works have been translated into more than ten languages.


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    Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), University of East London