Claire Dwyer

UCL Department of Geography

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Research Profile

Social geography with research interests in the intersections of migration and multiculturalism, the geographies of religion and ethnicity, and gender and feminist geography

Migration, Transnationalism and Religion
• Transnational geographies of faith communities.
• The design, material culture and popular creativity of transnational suburban faith communities in West London.
• Transnational suburban landscapes of religion in Vancouver
• Transnational commodity culture between Britain and South Asia.
• Religion, multiculturalism and the public sphere.

Geographies of race, racism and ethnicity
• Muslim identities in Britain and the challenges for debates about multiculturalism posed by the presence of Islamic minorities within Europe.
• Muslim schools, the identities of young Muslim men and women, representations of Islam in the public sphere.

Geographies of gender and feminist geography
• the intersections of gender, ethnicity and religion,
• Islam and gendered migration processes.

Co-leader of the department's Culture and Migration Research Group and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit.

1997 PhD, Department of Geography, University College, University of London
1991 MA, Department of Geography, Syracuse University, USA
1998 Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Geography and English) Nottingham University
1987 BA (Hons, Class I) Geography, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Professional History
2018 Professor in Human Geography, University College London
2014 Reader in Human Geography, University College London
2007 Senior Lecturer in Geography, University College London
1997 Lecturer in Geography, University College London (part time 2003-2007)
1995 Temporary Lecturer in Geography, University College London
1995 Visiting Lecturer in Geography, Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey
1992 Geography Teacher, Mount Grace Secondary School, Potters Bar, Herts
1990 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Syracuse, USA
1988 Geography Teacher, Kingdown Secondary School, Warminster, Wilts

Visiting Fellowships
2011 Academic Visitor, Institute of Housing and Urban Research, Gavle and Department of Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden.
2009 Academic Visitor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
2009 Academic Visitor, City Institute/Department of Geography, York University, Toronto

Other appointments and affiliations
ESRC Peer Review College (2015-19)
Advisory Board member ‘Deathscapes and Diversity’, AHRC funded project (Avril Maddrell, University of Reading, 2017-8)
Advisory Group Member, Cultures of the Suburbs Leverhulme funded Network, University of Exeter (2011-14)
Advisory Panel member for the research project ‘Fashioning Diaspora Space’ (AHRC Diasporas Programme), 2007-2010.
Academic Advisor to Anchor and Magnet, an Arts Fund collaborative project in Brixton (2011-2013)
Appointment to Steering Group of the Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC), UCL (2015-)
Appointment to the Steering Group for Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction, UCL (2010-2016)
Member of the Steering Committee, International Geographical Union Commission on Gender (2009-2015)
Member of the Research Advisory Board for Runnymede Trust (2009-16)
Member of IPPR Migration Advisory Committee (June 2010-11)
ESRC Benchmarking Panel for Geography (2011)
Trustee of the Soddy Trust (geographical research grant making trust) (appointed September 2007)
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Committee member of the Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) 1997-2011 (Communications Officer 1997-2003, Undergraduate dissertation prize co-ordinator 2003-7, Treasurer 2007-11)
Founder member of RGS-IBG Geographies of Religion, Spirituality and Faith Working Group, 2010
Member of the Association of American Geographers

International journal activities
Editorial Board Member Migration and Society (2017-)
Editorial Board Member South Asian Diaspora (2009-)
Editorial Board Member Gender, Place and Culture, (2001-2012)
Book Review Editor, Gender Place and Culture (2001-2007)
Editorial Board Member Social and Cultural Geography (2002-8)
Editorial Board Member Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2001-2006)

2016 Leverhulme Trust, £14. 975 Artist in Residence Programme (PI)
2016 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) £18,462 Connected Communities Festival Grant
2015 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) £1, 950 Connected Communities Festival Grant
2015-2018 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for ‘Design, material culture and popular creativity in suburban faith communities’ £563,570 (PI)
2014 Grant from UCL GCII for ‘Gendering Migration’ Workshop, £2,000
2014 UCL/IoE Grant for facilitating a workshop Young People, Identities and Multi-ethnic spaces, £500
2012 UCL Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement, £1,161 (PI)
2012 Leverhulme Trust, £14,300, Artist in Residence Programme (PI)
2011 UCL Grand Challenges ‘Negotiating Religion Seminar Series’ (CI)
2011 Canadian High Commission, Faculty Research Programme, CD$4,800 (PI)
2010-2012 Metropolis British Columbia, ‘Highway to Heaven? New suburban religious landscapes and immigrant integration’ with Professor David Ley, University of British Columbia, Canada, CD$10,940 (CI)
2006-2009 Research funded under the Leverhulme Centre for Migration and Citizenship (£1.3m) ‘National Identity, Citizenship and Religious ‘difference’ with Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) £68,000 (CI)
2003-2005 Research funded under the Leverhulme Centre for Migration and Citizenship (£1.3m) ‘British Pakistanis: Exploring differential outcomes in relation to gender and social capital’ with Professor Tariq Modood £150,000 (CI)
1999-2002 Economic and Social Research Council ‘Commodity Culture and South Asian Transnationality’ with Dr. Philip Crang, Royal Holloway University of London and Professor Peter Jackson, Sheffield University £151,980 (CI)