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Social Policy Research Centre

At the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) we use innovative methodologies to undertake research on new and emerging topics within the social sciences. Led by co-Directors Professors Eleonore Kofman and Louise Ryan, we initiate and support high-quality research of national and international standing. Current research focuses on multiple and intersectional discrimination, especially in relation to employment and health; marginalise and vulnerable groups such as early school leavers; established and recent migrant communities; and theoretical and empirical aspects of different forms of migration, especially family and skilled. We actively promote inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.

Staff are involved in a wide range of projects funded by research councils, the European Union, equality bodies, local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities. Eleonore Kofman and Helena Wray have set up a Migration Law and Policy Unit within the SPRC.

The SPRC publishes academic papers and books, as well as reports and briefs for policy makers, practitioners and community groups. We hold seminars, conferences, and short courses including research training. Members supervise postgraduate research students and run a MSc Social Science Research Methods.

To learn more about what we do, current projects, recent publications and forthcoming events please visit the SPRC website.

Featured recent projects

  • Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU (FP7 2013 - 2018) Prof Louise Ryan, Alessio D'Angelo, Neil Kaye, Magdolna Lőrinc
  • French Capital: A Study of French Highly-skilled Migrants in London's Financial and Business Sectors (ESRC 2011-2012) (Jon Mulholland and Louise Ryan)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project - Middlesex University and Social Firms UK (2011-2013) (Alessio D'Angelo)
  • Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to and quality of healthcare (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, (2010-2012) (Eleonore Kofman, Alessio D'Angelo, Erica Howard, Mary Tilki, Elena Vacchelli from Middlesex University, Margaret Greenfields, Buckinghamshire New University and Mark Johnson, De Montfort University).

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kofman, E. and P. Raghuram (2015) Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Pasura, D., (2014) African Transnational Diasporas: Fractured Communities and Plural Identities of Zimbabweans in Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Ryan, L. and J. Mulholland (2014) 'French Connections: The networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London' Global Networks, 14( 2): 148–166, April 2014 DOI: 10.1111/glob.12038
  • Ryan, L., Erel, U., D'Angelo, A. (2015), , Palgrave Macmillan
  • Vacchelli, E., P.Kathrecha and N.Gyte (2015) 'Is it really just the cuts? Neoliberal tales from the women's community and voluntary sector in London' Feminist Review 109:180-9.

You can find a full list of recent publications on the dedicated SPRC website.

Contact Us

For general enquiries or to discuss a project please contact us at: Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT


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