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SPRC 25th Anniversary and Prof Ryan's Inaugural Lecture

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START DATE 4 March 2015
START TIME 02:00pm

Committee Room 3, Hendon Town Hall (adjacent to Middlesex University), The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX

END DATE 4 March 2015
END TIME 07:30pm

SPRC 25th anniversary

Social Policy Research Centre: 25 years at the cutting edge of researching diversity, migration and inequalities.

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University is celebrating 25 years (1990-2015) at the cutting edge of researching diversity, migration and inequalities. 

To mark this occasion we are organising a one-day event on Wednesday 4 March to celebrate the work of the centre over the last quarter of a century. We are inviting some of the founder members to reflect on the achievements of the centre and the event will conclude with Professor Louise Ryan's inaugural lecture

There will be presentations from the staff team highlighting our particular contribution to work on family migration policies, migrant children and education, engaging with diverse communities, visual mapping of changing populations, and working with ethnic minority and women's organisation. In addition, we will also take this opportunity to launch a series of new books by members of the SPRC team.

SPRC team at Middlesex Programme

2.00 - 2.30 - Registration and coffee

2.30 - 2.45 - Welcome

Professor Waqar Ahmad (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic) and Professor Joshua Castellino (Dean of School of Law)

2.45 - 3.00 - The origins and development of the SPRC

Professor Susanne MacGregor and Professor Rosemary Sales 

3.00 - 3.30 - SPRC research on migration and inequalities (introduced by Professor Eleonore Kofman)

'Rethinking family migration theory and policy' - Professor Eleonore Kofman and Dr Helena Wray
'Researching migrant families and education' - Professor Louise Ryan and Dr Alessio D'Angelo

3.30 - 4.00 - SPRC supporting and engaging with diverse communities (introduced by Dr Alessio D'Angelo)

'Ethnic minority and women's organisations: opportunities and challenges' - Dr Elena Vacchelli
'Assessing needs, evaluating services (Hounslow Project)' - Dr Lisa Clarke
'Using official statistics to map communities and change' - Neil Kaye 

4.00 - 4.15 - Launch of recent books 

Louise Ryan, Umut Erel and Alessio D'Angelo (2015) Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities, Strategies, Palgrave

Eleonore Kofman and Parvati Raghuram (2015) Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brad Blitz (2014) Migration And Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship and Exclusion. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. 

Dominic Pasura (2014) African Transnational Diasporas: Fractured Communities and Plural Identities of Zimbabweans in Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

4.15 - 4.30 - SPRC into the future

Professor Eleonore Kofman and Professor Louise Ryan 

4.30 - 5.00 - Tea break

5.00 - 6.30 - Professor Louise Ryan's inaugural professorial lecture

'Getting worked up about networks: how to make friends and influence people'

Followed by drinks and buffet


We live in what has been described as a 'networked society'. Advances in online technology have created opportunities for us all to connect with larger networks of 'friends' world-wide. But what does this mean in practice? How do friendship networks emerge and evolve over time? In this presentation, Professor Ryan draws upon over a decade of research with different migrant groups to explore the processes of network formation and change. In particular, she considers how her own qualitative approach to network analysis can shed new insights into the meaning of social ties to a diverse range of people across national borders.

To book your place at the event, please register on Eventbrite by 18 February.

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