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Research Group: Communities, representation and inclusion

Focus of our research

Communities face a number of emerging challenges including demographic change, strained inter-group relations and a rebalancing of the relationship between civil society and the state, compounded by cuts in public expenditure. Such challenges are increasingly negotiated within the context of global events and narratives, shifting the boundaries of what we understand as the local and the national.

To appreciate how communities deal with such challenges and indeed opportunities, the Communities and Change research group is committed to research rooted in local knowledge and the lived experience of residents. In doing so it will create an evidence base which assists communities to successfully adapt to change.

Communities may be defined by interest, commonality, or spatial units. They are viewed as sites of conflict and accommodation. The cluster critically engages concepts of community by providing space for the deconstruction of such commonly held definitions.

An interdisciplinary approach will be employed to analyse themes such as trust and securitisation; democratic renewal, distribution of power and governance; coexistence and managing difference; radicalisation and extremism; embedded within established and emerging theoretical frameworks relating to gender, class, faith, ethnicity and identity.

The Team


Harris Beider (Research Group Leader)

Professor in Community Cohesion and Head of Social Relations

Aurélie Broeckerhoff

Aurélie Broeckerhoff

Everyday Diversity; Consumer Culture and Markets

Joel Busher

Joel Busher

Anti-Minority Mobilisation; Gang Violence; Gender


Kusminder Chahal

Race and racism, community based research, equality and diversity, intersectionality
Frens Kroeger

Frens Kroeger

Trust within and between Communities, Public Trust

Matt Qvortrup

Matt Qvortrup

Referendums; Peace and Governance; Terrorism

Dan Range

Intergroup Contact; Contact Theory; Social Relations

Laura Sulin

Laura Sulin

Intercultural Dialogue; Gender Equality; Conflict Resolution; Civil Society