Queen's University Belfast Research Fellow, The George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast

Work: Before joining Queen’s University Belfast as a Research Fellow in March 2015, I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Luxembourg (2014-2015), and beforehand, at the University of Sheffield on an ERC research project ('Living with Difference') 2013-2014.
Between 2009 and 2013 I held a VSB award and was based as a Research Fellow (‘Inclusive Thinking’) at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Here, I conducted a study on ‘The modes of social complexity and “new” citizens’ inclusion in the Netherlands, Britain and Germany’.

Education: In 2008, I was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) by the University of East London (UEL) following a scholarship that enabled me to conduct research on ‘Situated Cosmopolitanisms; the notion of the Other in discourses on cosmopolitanism in Britain and Germany’. In addition, I do hold a MA in Gender & Ethnic Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Greenwich (UK), and studied Social Science and Law (BA) in Oldenburg and Bremen (Germany).

Research expertise: My research engages theoretically and empirically with the (de-)construction and shift of racialised, classed and gendered group boundaries, particularly in the context of cosmopolitanism, nationalism, migration and citizenship. My comparative empirical studies focussed on England, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Currently, I am looking into historical and racist patterns of far-right populism, e.g. gender and intersectionality, and more locally, at the sitaution of asylum seekers and refugees in NI.

International activities: I am Executive Board Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA)/ Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (RC05) since 2010, and contribute regularly to international conferences; e.g. co-editing and publishing academic outcomes, also of these international conferences. Also, I am Member of the Irish Sociological Association since 2017.

Publications: I publish on concepts such as normalisation, cosmopolitanism and gender, difference and otherness, race and ethnicity, migration, belonging, diaspora and intersectionality. My Key Publications include: in 2006, 'The Situated Politics of Belonging' (co-edited with Nira Yuval-Davis and Kalpana Kannabiran), London: Sage. My first monograph 'Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective', (2012) Farnham: Ashgate (now Routledge). My edited collection, 'Revisiting Iris Marion Young on Normalisation, Inclusion and Democracy' (Palgrave Macmillan-Pivot), 2014; a special themed issue with the Refereed Journal CITY – analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action vol. 19 (4) ‘European Urban Spaces in crisis’ (with G Valentine), 2015; as well as the recent special issue (with Scott Poynting) on 'Contemporary Far-right racist Populism in Europe', Journal of Intercultural Studies (2016).


  • –present
    Queen's University Belfast Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2008 
    University of East London, Doctor of Philosophy