Unity out of diversity? Perspectives on the adaptations of immigrants in Britain

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Institute of Applied Social Sciences

Abstract

The number of immigrants coming and settling into Britain has become increasingly important in recent years. As they settled and had British-born children, this also implies that the share of British citizens with some immigration background has also increased: in 2010, close to 30% of the British population had some immigration background. Coupled with a more recent shift in the national origins of the immigrants, this also implies that the ethno-national composition of migrants has also changed in the past few decades, raising important issues with regard to social cohesion and intergroup relations in British society.

Hence, the level of immigrant adaptation (the immigrants' long-term adjustment to the British society, and the society's response to it) in various domains (e.g., educational, economic, social, cultural, political) has become an important topic of academic inquiry and debate among policy makers and the public alike. Yet, a review of the literature on the academic, policy, and public perceptions and understandings of the phenomenon highlights the fact that there is no unified understanding of adaptation within and across these different arenas, either with regard to the terminology used or to the underlying number of dimensions encompassing immigrant adaptation in Britain and the way in which they are interrelated. This implies the need to clarify the commonalities and differences in the various perceptions and understandings of adaptation and trying to reconnect those in order to build an important evidence base for further academic research as well as policy intervention.

This project aims to do just that, by using an original research design that will examine (1) the multidimensionality of immigrant adaptation in British academia (via an analysis of the current literature and data), which will be contrasted with more subjective understandings and perceptions of adaptation in Britain among (2) policy makers and third-sector stakeholders (via an analysis of policy documents and interviews); and (3) minority and majority groups among the British population (via focus groups).

This cross-disciplinary and cross-domain project will produce outputs in the form of conference presentations, academic papers, a website, a final research report and research briefs. The project will seek to actively involve academic and non-academic throughout its duration in order to maximise impact, which will be important and far-reaching. It will provide a thorough and updated understanding of immigrant adaptation research and its dimensionality in Britain, highlighting potential interdependencies between the dimensions and making clear links to the theoretical framework that appears to match said dimensionality. It will also investigate ethnic and generational differences in the dimensionality of adaptation, providing good evidence-base for further academic research and policy. It will highlight areas of adaptation perceived as important by academic stakeholders and communicate it beyond academic circles. The project will seek to actively involve the public in the discussion of immigrant adaptation in an ethical and respectful manner and seek to raise awareness of the nuances in the public's views on adaptation from 'the bottom up' to governmental and third sector stakeholders. This will not only be limited to the project's participants but also to the wider public via the dissemination efforts via the website, publications, and participating organisations. It will also actively involve governmental and third sector stakeholders in all phases of the project, including a discussion with academic beneficiaries in highlighting and contrasting results from the first two stages of the project in an integrated workshop. It will provide key evidence and insights for the formulation and improvement of policy and intervention by identifying aspects of adaptation important in the public's views and in academic research.

Planned Impact

The non-academic beneficiaries of this research are as wide-ranging as the academic beneficiaries. They include individuals and organisations interested in issues related to immigrant adaptation, ethnic minorities, intergroup relations and social cohesion such as:

(1)Government departments, agencies, and groups
The findings from all three streams of the project will form an important evidence base for review, discussion, and policy formulation for government departments, agencies, and groups such as the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, the Departmen and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community. The topic under investigation fits nicely within the recent integration narrative highlighted by the government and deals with an important aspect shaping the level of social cohesion in Britain and will have an important impact at the national level.

(2)Local governments
The project directly feeds into local governments' equalities and integration aims and will allow situating the state of immigrant adaptation at the local level via the policy and the public's perspectives. Dissemination efforts and collaboration will be undertaken with local government organisations such as Bristol City Council's Equalities and Community Cohesion Team; the Black and Minority Ethnic Services of the Glasgow City Council; and Manchester City Council's Multi Agency for Refugee Integration in Manchester.

(3)Politicians and public servants
Individual politicians and senior public servants at both levels of government interested in the issues above will also benefit from the project's output and will be sought for participation in the project's advisory board and data collection.

(4)National and local organisations, such as charities and think tanks
These beneficiaries, who have important policy clout, will be actively involved in the design and implementation of the project and will benefit from an updated evidence base on the state of immigrant adaptation in British academia, policy, and public circles. Close collaborations and results dissemination will also be undertaken with organisations such as the Runnymede Trust; the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; the Equality and Human Rights Commission; Integrate Bristol; the Govan and Craigton Integration Network (Glasgow); and Refugee Action (Manchester).

(5)Policy and organisational networks
Communication and collaboration will be sought from cross-arena networks such as the UK Race and Europe Network, the Equality and Diversity Forum; the international Cities of Migration networks; the Metropolis network; and Glasgow's Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network. Involvement with such networks will allow to forge new links and widely disseminate results.

(6)Majority and minority groups within the wider public
The research undertaken by this project will have direct relevance for the general public interested in the topic, from the participants of the focus groups to the members of organisations mentioned above and members of the public affected by the project's dissemination efforts. The project will seek to actively involve the public in the discussion of immigrant adaptation in an ethical and respectful manner and seek to raise awareness of the nuances in the public's views on adaptation from 'the bottom up' to governmental and third sector stakeholders.

The detailed plan and schedule for impact can be found in the Pathways to Impact document. It does involve a strong beneficiary involvement throughout the project and a concrete dissemination plan, including the maintenance of a website; inclusion of policy-oriented beneficiaries on the project advisory board; seeking active feedback through an integrated workshop; the organisation of a final conference for the beneficiaries; and the production of a final research report and research brief for dissemination via the above-mentioned organisation

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/K009206/1 01/10/2013 30/04/2016 £253,545
ES/K009206/2 Transfer ES/K009206/1 01/05/2016 30/11/2016 £41,702
 
Description The results from the research, which adopted a multidisciplinary and mixed methods approach, generated rich data and knowledge about the different perceptions of the long-term settlement experiences of immigrants and their descendants (i.e. their adaptation) in the UK in three spheres.
(1) Academic sphere
Results, which focussed on examining academic approaches to adaptation, and using different methodological techniques to look at the issue, suggest that adaptation includes specific dimensions, rather than being a uni-dimensional phenomenon. Moreover, different dimensions link and group in a specific way for different individuals, with culture being an important differentiator. There are thus specific groupings of adaptation outcomes that ought to be considered in conjunction. There is also some evidence that adaptation varies by ethnicity and country of birth, with UK-born individuals generally showing levels of adaptation more in line with theoretical expectations, despite persisting group inequalities. With regard to the terminology used in academic literature, preliminary findings suggest that a discourse based on 'integration' has been more prominently featured on research on the topic, especially in recent years.
(2) Policy sphere
Analyses of elite interviews with policy stakeholders show that understandings of adaptation (in this sphere, the term integration was used, given the broader applicability of the term) are quite complex, and emphasise a dimensionality, dynamism, and multi-directionality of the process, with a strong emphasis on issues of diversity and culture. Main themes of discussion about adaptation can be found, but these greatly overlap. With regard to policy, the research suggests that despite views that localised strategies are more suitable to deal with adaptation, national strategies (and funding) remain important. Analyses of Hansard debates show that issues linked to adaptation are of a cyclical nature in parliamentary debates, with most focus on asylum seekers and refugees, but also linked to more established groups.
(3) Public sphere
Data about perceptions was collected via focus groups conducted in Manchester and Glasgow. Results show that perceptions of adaptation are, in theory, based on the idea of a two-way process, where acceptance of difference and diversity as well as mixing are perceived as important, but where most of the onus is being put on migrants (which is a general trend found in other parts of the research). In practice, however, the boundaries between diversity and conformity, acceptance and rejection seem hard to establish and manage. Individual, societal, and structure struggles appear to be important barriers to achieving adaptation. Moreover, analyses of online survey data suggest that cultural and social dimensions of adaptation as well as national origins matter the most when evaluating the adaptation of migrants.

The project thus generated an important knowledge base for the further understanding of adaptation, with an emphasis on the importance of investigating adaptation in a multi-dimensional and dynamic fashion. This was disseminated to academic and non-academic audiences alike. Various methods and data were used by the project, which helped build the research skills and networks for the PI and the people involved in the project.
Exploitation Route It is believed that the knowledge generated by the research will most likely be taken forward by academic and non-academic audiences. With regard to academic audiences, the data, results and methods associated with the project will be widely disseminated via various academic channels (publications, conferences, data deposit, research blogs, etc.). With regard to non-academic audiences, it is expected that results generated by the research will be useful to government, the third sector, and the general public. Whenever possible, findings from the projects have been made available on the project website (and will continue to do so) and have been disseminated via established networks. They will, whenever appropriate, also be used to produce research blogs as well as provide evidence to governmental bodies.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/unity-out-of-diversity
 
Description The findings from the project have been used by non-academic audiences. As explained in another section of the form, the research arising from the placement at the Runnymede Trust has been used in a government report on social mobility and child poverty, and preliminary results were also included in an ESRC research briefing (which undoubtedly also had some non-academic impact). Moreover, the dissemination outputs generated for the final project events were distributed online and to the participants. The final project event in London was advertised among many networks; it generated discussion with members of the public, academics, and different organisations during the event and via Twitter. It also prompted interest for further collaboration from academic and non-academic colleagues, which have recently materialised. Findings from the research have been submitted as evidence to the British Academy and have been used in their essay collection. The PI was also asked to provide expertise for policy and academic stakeholders.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description DNS workshops
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Discovering Neighbourhood Statistics workshops (March and October 2015) influenced the skills levels of employees in third sector organisations and the general public. In March 2015, we had 18 participants and 5 on Novemebr 2015 (as part of the Festival of Social Science). The great majority of the participants found the training either 'very helpful' or 'helpful' overall. The content of the workshop was defined as adequate ('Just right') , while only a small group of attendees found the course's content either too advanced or too simple. In a follow-up questionnaire, 4 out of 10 participants from the May workshop indicated that they had used the materials presented to them in the workshop and found the training helpful with using the resource again.
 
Description Focus groups as research method
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Social Mobility Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the Government's Race Disparity Audit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-comm...
 
Description BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants SRG 2012-13 Round [co-applicant]
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 08/2014
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science
Amount £90 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 11/2015
 
Description Faculty of Humanities- Strategic Investment Fund
Amount £14,116 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description STDU funding for staff development
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2013 
End 11/2013
 
Description Secondary Data Analysis Phase 3
Amount £163,438 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 10/2017
 
Description University of Manchester - ESRC IAA Pilot grant - Research into Practice [part of the research team]
Amount £45,990 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 07/2014
 
Title Data collection - Glasgow 
Description Data collected in Glasgow via focus groups with members of the public and via interviews with third sector and local government representatives. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact There have been no notable impact(s), as the data collection is still underway, but links with various organisations were made during the process. 
 
Title Data collection - Manchester 
Description Data collected in Manchester via focus groups with members of the public and via interviews with third sector and local government representatives. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact There have been no notable impact(s), as the data collection is still underway, but links with various organisations were made during the process. 
 
Title Data collection - National 
Description Interview data with policy stakeholders at national level. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact No notable impact(s), but it has had a beneficial impact on networks and participation in various events. 
 
Title Data deposit 
Description Data deposit from the Unity out of Diversity project. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Some requests to use deposited data by students. 
URL http://reshare.ukdataservice.ac.uk/852602/
 
Description CoDE Associate Membership 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Became associate member of CoDE, based at the University of Manchester. Collaborated with CoDE members on the University's IAA grant application (as part of the research team), which was successful. Policy placement and outputs related to the placement were produced as part of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Added me to the IAA grant and provided opportunities for collaborations with members of the team.
Impact Policy briefing (reported in publications).
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Antoine Bilodeau 
Organisation Concordia University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Discussions about studying immigrant adaptation in the UK and Canada, including public perceptions.
Collaborator Contribution Discussions about studying immigrant adaptation in the UK and Canada, including public perceptions.
Impact No outputs yet. Collaboration with Political Science.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Gareth Mulvey 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to paper on comparing integration policies and outcomes in the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to paper on comparing integration policies and outcomes in the UK.
Impact Papers for the PSA and MPSA conferences. Work will also be submitted to an academic journal.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Helga de Valk and Rosita Fibbi 
Organisation Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Department Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Production of book chapter on the second generation in Europe
Collaborator Contribution Production of book chapter on the second generation in Europe
Impact Book chapter on the European Second Generation. Multi-disciplinary collaboration with demography
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Helga de Valk and Rosita Fibbi 
Organisation University of Neuchatel
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Production of book chapter on the second generation in Europe
Collaborator Contribution Production of book chapter on the second generation in Europe
Impact Book chapter on the European Second Generation. Multi-disciplinary collaboration with demography
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with MODRN project 
Organisation University of Agder
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Added as expert to the 'integration model'.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in residential workshop, production of paper(s).
Impact Paper under consideration for a SSCR Special Issue on Simulation Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity. Presentation to Norwegian policy makers and at workshop linked to the Special Issue. Multi-disciplinary collaboration involving scientific study of religion, public policy, and computer modeling.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Maria Sobolewska 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on the topic of dimensionality of integration in public opinion; statistical analysis and theoretical expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on the topic of dimensionality of integration in public opinion; statistical analysis and theoretical expertise.
Impact CMIST working paper; conference presentations; journal article under review. Multi-disciplinary collaboration with Politics.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Rahsaan Maxwell (member of project advisory board) 
Organisation University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Statistical and theoretical expertise provided for ongoing work on the dimensionality of adaptation in Europe.
Collaborator Contribution Data, topical, and theoretical expertise provided for ongoing work on the dimensionality of adaptation in Europe.
Impact No output as of yet, but plan to have paper and panel at APSA annual meeting in September 2016. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: sociology and political science.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MPI collaboration 
Organisation Population Europe
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited, and participated, as national expert for the project 'The inclusion and exclusion of migrant communities sharing similar cultural backgrounds with their host societies'.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in a workshop in Berlin in November 2017. Production of an essay to be published in Spring 2018 to be disseminated to academics and wider public.
Impact Essay to be published in Spring 2018
Start Year 2017
 
Description Runymede Trust 
Organisation Runnymede Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I have helped with the production of research briefings during by policy placement (and beyond). I have attended meetings on their behalf.
Collaborator Contribution They have helped me meet with other policy organisations and have provided support for the production of the policy briefings.
Impact Policy briefing on employability of Russell Group graduates, which is reported in the publications section.
Start Year 2014
 
Description 'Working with Policymakers' workshop [RA] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participated in the workshop (organised as part of the Runnymede Emerging Scholars' Forum in collaboration with the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity) that involved policymakers and was aimed at discussing how collaborations between academic experts and policymakers can be developed (attendee, did not present).

Participation in this workshop has allowed to get in touch with potential participants for the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description APSA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at the APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (August 2014).
Presentation did generate discussion, questions, and feedback.

No notable impact aside from feedback from the discussant, which helped in updating the conference paper (which is now under review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description APSA panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Organiser (with Rahsaan Maxwell) and presenter in panel on Categorical Precision in the Study of Immigrant Integration at the APSA meeting in September 2016.
Presentation generated discussion and interest from audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/apsa/apsa16/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Event&selected...
 
Description ASA presenation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation of paper based on policy placement at the ASA Annual meeting in August 2016. Roundtable presentation generated fascinating talk and research ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description BSA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Roundtable presentation produced interesting discussion on the topic.

Two new academic contacts were established after the presentation. One of the contacts established led to further meetings to help with the analysis of the paper presented (and may spark further collaborations).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BSPS conference (Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation of results from the inter-marriage model to the BSPS conference in Leeds, 7-9 September 2015, entitled 'Changes and trade-offs in ethnic and educational preferences in inter-ethnic partnership formation: an agent-based approach' (Lessard-Phillips, Meyer, and Vasey). The results presented generated a lively discussion during and after the presentation, with interest in the project being shown by audience members and other presenters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CES conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at CES conference in July 2015 on dimensionality of integration in public opinion. Presentation sparked questions and potential collaborations with a US and UK colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Corpus Linguistics Training [PI] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation in online Corpus Linguistics course provided by the University of Lancaster (via the FutureLearn platform).

This training has helped gain knowledge of a method of data analysis for part of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description DCLG/Compas roundtable discussion on integration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a roundtable discussion on 'What is Integration?', organised by DCLG and COMPAS. There were discussions on (immigrant) integration, to which I participated/

After my talk, I liaised with various participants, with the aim to contact them in the future for the data collection phase of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Discovering Neighbourhood Statistics workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The workshop was meant to introduce people from local organisations to the Neighbourhood Statistics website in a hands-on manner. The workshop generated a lot of interest and also discussion about the provision of targeted training for local organisations. Positive feedback was received from the participants.

After the workshop, there were follow-up discussions with regard to the provision of similar training. Participants in the workshop made use of the course materials (and the website) after the training.
Plans have been made to conduct another workshop in the future (given the positive response).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at ESA conference in Prague (Silvia Galandini). Presentation sparked questions and discussion, as well as potential research links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Essex Summer School - Summer 2014 [RA] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact RA's participation in course 'Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations' (Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis).

The course allowed Silvia to gain more in-depth knowledge of studying marginal populations and suggestions for the fieldwork, which have been taken into account in the development of the data analysis phase of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description FRL information talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation in talk about the Future Leaders scheme in September 2014.

Potential participants contacted me after the talk to discuss their projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Festival of Social Science - Discovering Neighbourhood Statistics workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop was an improved version of the DNS workshop that we ran in March 2015, and ran as part of the Festival of Social Science. The aim was to introduce people to the Neighbourhood Statistics website in a hands-on manner. Positive feedback was received from the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Final event in Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Event organised in Glasgow to disseminate the results of the project on 30 November 2016 at the Albany Centre. Small group in attendance. Session focussed on presenting and discussing the main results. Lively discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/unity-out-of-diversity/2016/11/17/final-project-event-in-glasgow-on-30th-nov...
 
Description First Advisory Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The first advisory board meeting of the project was organised on 22 September 2014. The advisees include (aside from the PI, RA, and mentors) colleagues from Manchester (Bridget Byrne, Ken Clark, Ed Fieldhouse, Anthony Heath, James Nazroo), from other universities in the UK (Shamit Saggar) and the US (Rahsaan Maxwell, UNC), and a policy expert (Zamila Bunglawala). Past and future work was discussed.

The board was able to advise of various aspects of the research (ongoing publications, fieldwork, etc) and allowed for academic networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description First results events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact We have organised the first dissemination event in Manchester, held on 26th October 2015. During the event, involving academics, policy stakeholders and Third Sector representatives, we presented three outputs covering the academic, policy and public opinion spheres of the research. These outputs are the quantitative findings on the dimensionality of integration - using EMBES data (academia); draft policy briefing on integration bringing together quantitative evidence about integration outcomes and preliminary findings from the interviews with national and Local (Manchester) policy makers and Third Sector (policy); findings from the focus groups conducted in Manchester (public opinion). The workshop sparked many interesting discussions and questions from the audience, as well as desire to be kept informed about future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description GMCVO event participation - Getting to Know Each Other - Exploring Community University Partnership Working 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation of RA in half day seminar designed to bring range of third sector organisations (including voluntary groups, social enterprises and cultural organisations) together with University of Manchester researchers, to discuss collaboration and joint funding opportunities. The event was hosted by GMCVO (Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation).

No notable impact aside from discussions with academic and local organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description IMISCOE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Galandini presented the paper Defining migrant integration: a comparison of national and local policy frameworks at the IMISCOE conference (30 June-2 July 2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IPPR report launch [attendee] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attended IPPR report launch on 20th October; did not present.

We networked with individuals present at the launch, who could be potential research participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description IPSA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Panel at the IPSA Congress in Montreal, July 2014.
Chair of the session where the paper with Maria Sobolewska and Silvia Galandini was presented [in conjunction with the BA Small Grant work, which is along the topic of this project]. This stimulated many discussions

After the session, I discussed with an academic from Concordia University about the paper and this project. A few weeks after this meeting, I was invited to come and present my work in Montreal in January 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description IRiS presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at IRiS conference 'Rethinking Integration'. Presentation sparked debates and questions. As part of the conference, a research participant (who was among the participants) was found.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ISA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented research outputs from the project at the ISA World Congress in Yokohama, Japan.
Presentation resulted in making contact with the chair of the session, with whom further emails about the research were exchanged.

Expanded professional network to include academic from Canada interested in the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Integration Hub blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog post for 'Integration Hub', based on collaboration with Maria Sobolewska.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.integrationhub.net/the-people-versus-the-academics/
 
Description Invited talk at ISER 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar presentation at ISER (University of Essex) of paper based on collaboration with Rahsaan Maxwell on 16 May 2016.
Talk generated debate & discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/events/seminars/monday/2016-05-16
 
Description KET 1 workshop - London - participant 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in the initial workshop of the Knowledge Exchange Trials, led by ISC: 'Interactive Academic Engagement with Policy Stakeholders: Knowledge Exchange Trials - Workshop 1', Institute for Government, London, 26 September 2013.

Exchange and discussion on academic engagement in policy and knowledge exchange.

After the workshop, I exchanged with the head of the UK Data Service, where we discussed issues related to data use in research and dissemination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description KET 4 workshop - Manchester - participant 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation in the KET workshop 'Civil society - mobilising communities to take-up localism rights', held on 11 December 2013 at the University of Manchester.

No notable impact arose from this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description KET 7 workshop - London - participant 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in the KET workshop 'Civil Society: Mobilising Communities to Take-up Localism Rights', held at DCLG on 19 February 2014. There were many discussions on the topics covered by the workshop with academic and policy peers.

Some contacts were made with policy actors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Launch of policy briefing - House of Commons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Launch of policy briefing 'When education isn't enough' at the House of Commons on 24 June 2014.
This generated lively discussion with a variety of panellists and attendees; the event was presided by Lisa Nandi.

Dissemination of policy briefing to wide audience; networking opportunities with individuals from many organisations, including the Russell Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Leadership presentation at University of Manchester [PI] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation in 'Leadership workshop' held by the University of Manchester to discuss what makes a research leader to postgraduates and early-career researchers.

Provided useful information to potential participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description MODRN workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in residential workshop of MODRN project (see section on collaboration), where work on the integration model was conducted and presented to workshop's participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MPI presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation for the workshop 'Inclusion and exclusion of immigrants with similar cultural background', organised by Population Europe in Berlin on 20 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Manchester Policy Week event - Ethnicity and inequalities in education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of this Policy Week event that I chaired, we presented research evidence on ethnic inequalities in education, which were discussed by member of the Equality and Diversity Office of the University of Manchester.
The talks and reactions sparked questions and debate on ethnic inequalities and the types of policy responses required to deal with the issues.

After the event, we received many questions about the presentation, disseminated our policy briefing, and made contacts with people from within/outside the university (including community organisations).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Meeting with BA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in invited discussion with representatives of the British Academy to discuss interdisciplinarity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Migrant families event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at the Migration and Families in Europe conference, held at Manchester University on 7-8 February 2017. 20-30 participants at the event, where the 'Damned if' book chapter was presented and discussed with the audience, which consisted of the individuals mentioned above.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/code/research/projects/Family-migration-storify_2.pdf
 
Description Migration Work 5-year anniversary roundtable [participant] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited participation in a roundtable organised by Migration Work, as part of their 5-year anniversary.

Participation in this roundtable event allowed to network with potential research participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description NatCen Training - Depth interviewing [PI] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training in in-depth interviewing at NatCen for PI in November 2013.

No known impacts (aside from improving own skills).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description NatCen Training - Moderating Focus Groups [PI] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended NatCen training in moderating focus groups in March 2014.

This improved the PI's knowledge in moderating focus groups, one of the data collection methods of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description One-day symposium, Concordia University on 'Immigration, integration, and the role of the state' (in French) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk, based on the paper on integration and public opinion, sparked a lot of debate.

Expansion of professional network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description PSA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation stimulated debate and allowed opportunities to publicise the project and form new contacts with academic outside existing network.

No notable impacts yet, aside from extending network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Participation in CoDE event at Cumberland Lodge - Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where's The Harm? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in workshop (did not organise the activity).

Dissemination of the project was one notable impact, as well as liaising with potential research participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Participation in Festival of Social Science event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Lessard-Phillips participated in the "Unequal me? Why Inequality Matters for Everyone" event on 11th November 2015. The aim of this event was to showcase to students how social science statistics can help describe/assess the issue of inequality and develop informed arguments about this topic, as well as help students reflect on the value of quantitative skills and how these could be applied to future career choices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Participation in GRAMNET event - Migration and intimate life workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Attended workshop with other researcher on the project, in order to meet academics working in Glasgow (site of the project). Attendance generated discussion with the people involved, as well as with other workshop participants.

During the workshop, we exchanged with other participants and exchanged information about local organisations in Glasgow that would be suitable for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Participation in roundtable discussion - DCLG and COMPAS - 'What is integration?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participated in roundtable discussion on the topic of integration.

Made further links for research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Participation in workshop entitled: Onward migration and integration [PI, RA] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in event at Manchester Town Hall, organised by Emma Stewart for her project on the onward migration and integration of refugees in UK cities. Participation involved discussion on appropriate responses to the study's result.

Participation in this workshop has allowed to get in touch with potential participants for the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Policy@Manchester workshop - Migrants in Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participation in workshop held by Policy@Manchester: 'Migrants in Manchester: Can local policy make Manchester a welcoming place?'. Roundtable discussion where local organisations working with migrants presented some of their work.

This talk allowed to gather information about organisations dealing with migrants in Manchester, which was useful for the data collection phase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation - Home grown talent seminar - University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation was followed by debate.

No notable impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation - Nuffield College Sociology seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation sparked interesting debate about the results and analyses of the paper.

No notable impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation - Talks on Diversity - Concordia University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation elicited debate and discussion.

No notable impact aside from building and expanding professional networks, with potential for future collaboration outlined.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at MPSA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Galandini presented a paper at the MPSA annual conference in April 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Project management course [PI] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PI participation in project management course provided by the University of Manchester [focus more on project management from the administrative side rather than academic side].

Discussion were made with course leader to develop a short course for academic audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Redefining integration event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Final project event, organised with the Runnymede Trust, entitled 'Redefining integration'. Held on 28 November 2016 at NCVO office in London. Format of the day: 3 roundtable sessions with presentation of results, expert discussion, and reactions from the floor in the morning; and discussion sessions in the afternoon. Highly successful event in the room and on Twitter. Many discussions, networking, and plans for future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/unity-out-of-diversity/2016/11/17/final-project-event-in-london-on-28th-nove...
 
Description Research Europe interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Interviewed by journalist working for Research Europe about the Future Leaders scheme [telephone interview].

No known impact, but assume that information provided (although not all accurately reported) did reach potential applicants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Response to Integrated Communities Green Paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog responding to the chapter on the labour market in the Integrated Communities Green Paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://superdiversity.net/2018/03/16/increasing-economic-opportunity-addressing-ethnic-inequalities...
 
Description Second advisory board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The second advisory board meeting of the project was organised on 26 October 2015. It occurred after the 'first results' meeting. The advisees included (aside from the PI, RA, and mentors) colleagues other universities in the UK (Shamit Saggar) and the US (Rahsaan Maxwell, UNC), and a policy expert (Zamila Bunglawala). Past and future work was discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Short workshop on using focus groups in research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an interactive workshop where we shared our experience with running focus groups with researchers from local community organisations. This workshop elicited discussion.

Potential impact include increased visibility of team members and project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Weber World Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Participation as table host/international expert for the Weber World Cafe on Diversity - Limits and Opportunities. Organised by the Max Weber Stiftung at the University of Gottingen, 24 November 2016. Interactive discussions about the concept of superdiversity with a range of individuals, mostly postgraduate students at the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://wwc.hypotheses.org/1954
 
Description Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creation of the project's website to share information with the public, research participants, and academic audiences.

Information about the project disseminated.
The project's website was advertised on the CoDE website in April 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://projects.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/unity-out-of-diversity/
 
Description Workshop on Ethnic Diversity and 'Integration', University of Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in workshop on Ethnic Diversity and 'Integration', held at the University of Liverpool in January 2014. This prompted discussion with the workshop's participants.

Participation in the workshop allowed to expand the PI's network, which has had an impact on research (and the research's impact).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Young Fabians roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Panel participant: A Nation Divided: Immigration & Integration roundtable, Westminster, 27 June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.youngfabians.org.uk/a_nation_divided_immigration_integration
 
Description nVivo Training Workshop - University of Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact PI and RA participation in a 2-day nVivo training workshop, which is the tool that will be used to analyse the collected focus group and interview data.

This training allowed us to familiarise ourselves with the software further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014