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London Metropolitan University
RA5a: Research environment and esteem
In 2002 North London University (3A in European Studies) and London Guildhall (4 in German and 3A in French) merged. European Studies (ES) research at London Metropolitan has subsequently changed considerably in culture and strategy. Two new research institutes, the Institute for the Study of European Transformations (ISET) and the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) were created in 2002 to manage ES research. The Institutes share a strong commitment to social justice in contemporary multicultural Europe. Their interdisciplinary research is organized around three Clusters - a) Migration and Society, b) Culture, Language, Politics and c) Work and Employment Relations based on our distinctive research strengths in European societies and cultures (including literature, media and language). The main drivers of change have been the merger, our responses to RAE2001 feedback and 1 million University seedcorn support for the Institutes. Major achievements include:
- Seven new appointments in areas of existing strength (clusters a-b) while creating a new work and employment relations cluster.
- 2.7 million external research funding (50,200 in previous RAE).
- Ten grants from research councils (1 previously), and six FP5/6/7 grants.
- Research student numbers doubled in the assessment period.
- Editorships of four international journals, and of eleven themed issues of journals.
This enhanced research environment has enabled staff to deliver internationally excellent research outputs, and collaborate in national and international research programmes, for example funded by ESRC, AHRC and the EU.
Research Structure and Management
University role. In 2002 European Studies was successful in an internal competition for Research Institute status (noted in RAE 2001), with two of seven selected (ISET and WLRI) being in ES. They received 500,000 each in seedcorn funding. The University continues to support their socially significant research by funding five full-time, senior posts. The two Directors, Hickman and Jefferys, report directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), who chairs the University Research and Development Committee responsible for strategic research planning. This Committee reviews the Institutes achievements and strategy every five years, with an interim review every 2-3 years. The Universitys Research Degrees Committee supports postgraduate recruitment, training and monitoring. It is chaired by the Director of the Graduate School (also created since RAE 2001) and is responsible for all postgraduate students in the University.
ISET, WLRI: management of ES research. The Institutes have created a multi-disciplinary research environment bringing together researchers from economics, politics, philosophy, sociology, social policy, industrial relations, history, literary, cultural and media studies, linguistics and geography. They have both core members and associate members (located in teaching departments). The Institutes provide research infrastructure for and management of the three Research Clusters, while also supporting individual researchers. Further coordination is provided by regular meetings between the two directors, and Williamss membership of the management of both Institutes.
The Institutes three Research Clusters have been reorganized since 2001 to reflect the merged University, changes in staff and wider intellectual agendas. The Clusters key role in ES research culture is to provide interdisciplinary spaces for developing ideas, and to support individual and collaborative research. Regular meetings are arranged by Cluster co-ordinators who - with other senior colleagues - read and comment on draft articles, book proposals, funding applications etc. Clusters report directly to the Institutes Management Committees and can request funding for activities.
Collaboration with researchers within and outside the University is fostered, for example through ISETs twice-yearly ES Interdisciplinary Seminar series, and WLRIs monthly seminar (see www.londonmet.ac.uk/iset and www.londonmet.ac.uk/wlri). A joint internal interdisciplinary work in progress seminar, focusing on theory and methodology, meets several times a year. Additional seminar series, conferences and workshops are organised by Cluster members, as part of their wide-ranging national and international activities. There have been three Visiting Professors in this RAE period and two Leverhulme Fellows.
Research quality management. The Institutes Management Committees monitor and support research grant applications, while actively encouraging collaborative research projects within and between the Clusters. Applicants for external funding receive feedback on drafts from senior colleagues, and budgetary assistance from the Administrators and the Universitys Research and Graduate School Office.
All staff have biennial performance review meetings with relevant Directors, Deputy Directors or Chairs to discuss their research activities, especially publications and research funding, and to set targets. Early Career staff have mentors who support grant applications and academic writing; for example, Agustn** with Thomas, Contrepois** with Jefferys, and Holgate** with Moore. New staff also have mentors, for example Mai* with Hickman. All staff present research ideas to the Cluster meetings, and some Clusters organize residential writing retreats.
Research infrastructure. Both institutes have dedicated research rooms housing equipment for research students and staff, including quantitative and qualitative data software, digital recorders, and cameras. The institutes also provide privileged access to archives, which underpin key research areas. The Irish in Britain archive (ISET), collected over twenty years, has recent funding by the Smurfit foundation and Irish Heritage Council to support an archivist and new displays. Researchers have access to the TUC library and the Womens Library, housed at the University. The Work and Employment Relations cluster contributes to the online trade union history hosted by the University library. 4.7 FTE Institute administrative staff support grant applications and events organisation, and manage budgets.
When institutes were established in 2002, several staff transferred from teaching departments: Jefferys, Hickman, Thomas, Soper, and Grahl. They either teach a half timetable or are fully dedicated to research and Institute management. The remaining pre 2002 staff subsequently became associate members (Fischer, Newman, Phillips, Pooley, Stott) and receive teaching relief including short sabbaticals. Financial support is provided for conference attendance and organization.
Several staff moved to prestigious posts elsewhere in this period: Grahl (Professorship, Middlesex), Silvestri (Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cambridge), Strangleman (Readership, Kent), Pollert (Chair, UWE), and Erel (RCUK Fellowship, OU). These provided opportunities to make eight imaginative new appointments. Williams was appointed to a joint ISET/WLRI Professorship from an established chair at Exeter. A further seven new staff are entered in this RAE - Mai, Holgate, Kirk, Moore, Tasiran, Contrepois and Agustn - helping to refocus research in our three Clusters. The Migration and Society Cluster has been significantly expanded by four new appointments; Culture, Language, Politics by two new appointments, while six of the seven members of the new Work and Employment Relations Cluster have been appointed since 2001 (N.B. some staff are in multiple Clusters). These appointments both senior and early career - have ensured an appropriately age-balanced provision of research leadership and long-term sustainability.
Other key aspects of staffing policy include:
a) Institute staff not included in the RAE submission (most work on funded projects) receive mentoring and support to improve their publications.
b) Early career researchers and new staff are mentored by senior colleagues. The Clusters also provide internal peer reviews of outputs, and opportunities for joint grant applications and PhD supervision; for example, all our first-round FP7 applications combined senior and newer staff.
c) There is a rolling programme of University- and Institute- provided staff training and development sessions in areas such as grant application and writing, oral history, visual methods.
Postgraduate numbers increased from 9.5 (7.25 FTE) in 2001, to 20 (9.8 FTE) in 2007, increasing the ratio of FTE students to the number of staff from 0.45 to 0.59 (Note that RA3 headcount 2007 is 18 due to our providing team supervision for students entered into other UoAs and that PT students are excluded from RA3b because our fees are below research council levels). There have been 10.3 doctoral completions in this RAE period.
Postgraduate Facilities and Support. Research students are integrated into the Research Clusters and seminar series whenever possible. As most are part-time and many based abroad, the supervisory team (at least two staff) plays a crucial role. The Graduate School provides certificated training for new and experienced supervisors, who work together in supervisory teams with a minimum level of two completions. ISET organizes regular work in progress seminars, while WLRI supports students to participate in annual European doctoral workshops on Work (hosted by WLRI, 2004). Postgraduates benefit from our extensive international collaboration (taking part in programme events), and are encouraged and funded to present their work to national and international conferences.
University provision. ES staff play leading roles in the Graduate School. Annual monitoring, M.Phil to PhD transfers and registrations are implemented by subject-specific sub-groups of the Research Degrees Committee. Six months after enrolment these groups review students research proposals and advise on training needs. These are met by the Graduate Schools generic modules on research methods and ethics (from the M.Res), and modules from MA programmes, including European Studies, Equality and Diversity, Applied Translation, Interpreting, International Relations, and Labour and Trade Union Studies.
Research income has increased fifty-five fold compared to the previous RAE period, with 2.7 million being recorded, equivalent to 159,000 per capita. The vast majority - ten grants from research councils, six FP5/6/7 projects and one from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation - was peer reviewed. Eleven research assistants/fellows (8.5FTE), funded by the two institutes, work on ES.
The Migration and Society Cluster secured three ESRC research grants, a flagship Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) grant, an ESF-London Development Agency grant, a Higher Education ESF grant, an EU Framework 6 grant (UWT). It contributed to two Advanced Institute of Management (EPSRC/ESRC) programmes on productivity, and on innovation.
The Culture, Language, Politics Cluster won four AHRC grants, while Kirk has secured one of the first new major FP7 projects (SPHERE). The Cluster contributed to two national research programmes: Cultures of Consumption ESRC/AHRC and Identities and Social Action (ESRC).
The Work and Employment Relations Cluster has received three ESRC projects, Leverhulme, British Academy, Nuffield grants, two FP5 projects, three FP6 projects (UWT is also listed under Migrations), and three UK Higher Education European Social Fund projects. Key European collaborations include leading research on: the knowledge society (WORKS, FP6, 2005-9); privatization of service delivery (PIQUE, FP6, 2006-9); a French Ministry of Labour project (2005-8) on French multinationals HR policies in Eastern Europe. Cluster staff contribute to the EU-level pages of the Dublin Foundation European Industrial Relations Observatory news service.
Funding has been deliberately targeted to drive our research agendas, as outlined in the Cluster descriptions below. Links between grants and particular outputs are indicated in RA2.
The overall goal is enabling staff to identify, and lead, new intellectual agendas at an international level, while pursuing the Universitys commitment to social justice. ES aims to make a unique interdisciplinary and post-disciplinary contribution and has five main objectives:
- 1.Recruiting and maintaining a strong staff base.
- 2.Utilising external and internal funding to support and incentivize research by individual staff and Research Clusters through:
- 3.Strategically targeted teaching relief;
- 4.Strong research management and support, especially for early career researchers;
- 5.Building a lively postgraduate research culture.
Future strategy. Our priority is to build on strengths in the distinctive areas where we have international excellence.
- Short term. Four Research Council, three Framework 6, and one Framework 7 project starting or continuing after December 2007 provide a strong initial funding base for future work; we currently await the results of 4 applications to research councils. Additionally, new appointment Pop, strengthens our expertise in Eastern Europe; her PhD thesis at Warwicks Centre for Globalisation, analysing the Europeanization of Romanias domestic policies, was published by MUP (2006). Enever joins us in late 2007 to co-ordinate an EU-EACEA life long learning project.
- Medium term (3-5 years). New lines of research will be developed. The Migration and Society cluster plans new pan-European research on relationships between youth, the life-cycle and the full migration cycle, as well as issues around documentation and citizenship, cohesion, and career progression and employability. The Culture, Language, Politics cluster will develop research on humanitarian interventions; 2007 EU enlargement; socio/linguistics; religion and media; transnational media and reception; representations of class, sexuality, ethnicity and gender. The Work and Employment Relations cluster plans research on European workplace relations and worker organisation, particularly relating to learning, equalities, sustainability, the meaning of work, and its relationship with social identity. The shared interest of all three Clusters in the intersection of stigmatised identities of class, race, gender, ethnicity, faith, sexuality and age is a particular strength we aim to develop. High levels of funding applications, particularly to research councils and the EU, will continue to underpin our work.
- Long term. The clusters will engage with emerging research agendas that we also aim to help shape. The periodic five-year reviews of the institutes, anticipated for 2008 and 2013, will provide a mechanism for formal review, refocusing and redefinition.
In addition to these shifts in research foci, we will further strengthen our research environment and culture. The strong organic links between WLRI and ISET will be further developed via more collaborative events and projects, such as seminar series, and the international colloquium Other Europes: Agents of Transformation planned for February 2008. The two Institutes also aim to consolidate their staff base by transferring more research staff onto permanent contracts, and seeking University and external funding to support new appointments in our medium term research priority areas.
The development of our postgraduate community is also a priority. The Institutes successfully obtained ESRC recognition in sociology (+3 2007-8, and conditionally 1+3 2008-9), with WLRI also obtaining CASE status. The University is strengthening provision of generic postgraduate training by developing on-line modules. This will be particularly helpful for ES students who are often based abroad or part-time. Internal bursaries are planned in both Institutes 2007-2013 budgets.
The Research Clusters: Culture, Performance and Achievements
Where researchers are members of more than one Cluster, their work is presented in the Cluster central to their interests. New staff are indicated by *, and early career researchers by **.
Migration and Society
This Cluster (convenor, Mai*) includes Agustn**, Hickman, Tasiran*, and Williams*. Other Cluster members research Holgate**, Jefferys and Pooley - is outlined elsewhere. MacEinri (University College Cork) and Balz (Slovak Academy of Science) were visiting Professors, 2005-2007, and 2007-2010, respectively. The Cluster has an international reputation, particularly relating to integration, social cohesion, identities, racialized ethnic groups, errant youth, and human capital. The Cluster has collaborated with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, the Irish Embassy, the Universities of Sussex and Canterbury, and the Framework 6 IMISCOE network of excellence.
Hickman directs the Joseph Rowntree Foundations Immigration and Inclusion programme flagship project: Rhythms and Realities of Everyday Life: new immigration and social cohesion (2005-07). This UK-wide study of the impact of new immigration on social cohesion builds on earlier work by Hickman and Mai on immigrants integration in Europe. Hickman is the leading international expert on the Irish in Britain and her work on disaggregating whiteness reframed debates on race and ethnicity. She had an ESRC grant with Walter (Anglia Polytechnic University) and others to study second-generation Irish, and an ESRC grant with Moore (Liverpool) to analyze the ethnic question in UK censuses 1991, 2001.
Mai*, from Sussex and LSE, focuses on youth, media and sexuality. He is a leading researcher on the Balkans, especially Albania, editing a related theme issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and co-authoring an Oxfam report. His book Out of Albania (Berg, with King, Sussex) will appear in 2008. He was co-applicant on the JRF project and the ESRC Sex Work project (see below).
Agustn** has an ESRC grant (2007-8) with Mai on: Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry. She brings new transnational perspectives, developed in her previous research on trafficking and sex work in Spain and Latin America, to question feminist orthodoxies around sex workers identities in the UK. Previous funding includes the Feminist Review Trust, Global Fund for Women, Mama Cash Foundation.
Williams and Tasiran focus on economic aspects of European Migrations. Williams* examined the learning experiences of Slovakian returned migrants (ESRC, Exeter, 2002-3), had a British Academy Readership (2004-6, Exeter and London Metropolitan) to develop a new theoretical framework for knowledge transactions via migration. An ESRC grant (2007-10, AIM innovation programme) on international migration and innovation, builds on this. He secured two EPSRC grants, 2005-8, on regulation and productivity (Exeter), and knowledge and internationalisation. A Leverhulme grant (Exeter, 1999-2001) analysed transborder mobility, arbitrage and uneven development in central Europe.
Tasirans* econometric research on migration has questioned neo-classical and human capital assumptions about the relationships between education, birth rates, and wages of migrants, particularly in Sweden. He works on two EU FP6 projects, on Undocumented Workers Transitions (UWT) and Productivity and Work in Privatised Services (PIQUE), and leads a DTI-funded study of labour productivity. Grahl (now Middlesex) also analysed European economic issues (director, EU FP5 network), innovatively applying financial integration analysis to broader social issues relating to European convergence. This policy shaping work was published by Gauche Unie Europenne (European Parliament).
Culture, Language, Politics
The Culture, Language, Politics Cluster (convenor Thomas) brings together Fischer, Kirk*, Newman, Pop*, Phillips, Pooley, Soper and Stott. Agustn** and Mai*, described above, are also members. This, our broadest Cluster, focuses on European politics, languages, literatures and cultures. Several researchers share interests in oppositional politics or radical approaches: to consumerism and the environment (Soper); of the left in Europe and of humanitarian interventions (Newman); of class (Kirk*, Thomas); of gender and sexuality (Agustn**, Mai*, Phillips, Thomas). Phillips, Stott, Mai* and Thomas work on transnational and national media. Pooley and Fischer bring a linguistics perspective to the group. Professor Alan Milward (EUI, Florence) was Visiting Professor, 2002-2004, while Niall Bond (Lyon) was Leverhulme Fellow, 2004-5.
Newman (Jean Monnet chair) is internationally known for researching European political thought and democracy in context of European integration. He developed his work on left-wing European thought through his acclaimed biography of Miliband and through research on the 1968 Czechoslovak crisis (Labour Focus on Eastern Europe, 2003). His earlier book Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (1996) generated several publications on democracy and the EU in this RAE period. Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention (Hurst 2008) represents his recent research.
Sopers work in the philosophy of gender and environmental philosophy is internationally renowned. Her 1995 landmark book, What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the non-Human, has been reprinted twice, leading to numerous invited presentations throughout this RAE period. Soper contributed a synoptic essay to a book resulting from a major Leverhulme project on women, gender and the Enlightenment (Taylor and Knott 2005). Recently she and Thomas held an AHRC/ESRC Cultures of Consumption programme grant on Alternative hedonism and the theory and politics of consumption. This ground-breaking project combines philosophy with media studies, and produced two edited books.
Thomas, in addition to the ESRC/AHRC grant with Soper, has a BBC/AHRC Knowledge Exchange Scheme project in 2007-8 on Online Listener engagement with BBC Radio programming (with Birmingham City University and Cardiff); this extends her earlier research on radio audiences. Her new research on Ernaux, like Kirk, raises the forgotten issue of class.
Kirk* has developed historical and theoretical approaches for understanding working-class identity as articulated in various discursive forms, drawing particularly on cultural studies. He was Research Fellow on the ESRC work identities project, and co-applicant in the successful FP7 first-call project on Space, Place and the Historical and Contemporary Articulations of Identities (SPHERE).
Phillips, an internationally renowned Sade scholar (three books and five articles since 2001) has consolidated his reputation as a leading scholar in literary and cinematic representations of sexuality, writing an innovative interdisciplinary work on transgender in cinema (output 2). He co-edited a two-volume, 1700-page landmark Encyclopaedia of Erotic Literature (Routledge, 2006) with Gatan Brulotte.
Stott researches film reception and cultural policy with regard to western feature film imports in the GDR, 1970s and 1980s. This original research in an area hitherto unaddressed in this field has contributed to the development of an integrative and international perspective on East German cinema.
Fischers work on valency theory and German-English syntactic contrasts is internationally recognised. His monograph Satzstrukturen im Deutschen und Englischen: Typologie und Textrealisierung (2008) challenges established claims about the two languages. He is collaborating with Roe (Reading) and Cornell (Plymouth) on a valency-based learners dictionary of German.
Pooley is a leading variationist sociolinguist on European French, and the acknowledged leading UK authority on modern Picard and sociolinguistic variation in northern France; he has undertaken a large-scale, original study in Lille. His work spans historical and contemporary varieties of French, engaging with issues of migration, youth and language policy.
Work and Employment Relations
This Cluster (coordinator, Moore*) includes Contrepois**, Holgate**, Jefferys, Tasiran* and Williams* (see Migrations Cluster for latter two). The Cluster has shared theoretical and methodological interests in comparative European studies, and the internationalisation of work and the workplace. In June 2007 it hosted the prestigious biennial Journes internationales de la Sociologie du Travail conference in London. Professor Bernard Friot (Universit de Paris X) was visiting Leverhulme Fellow, 2004-5.
Jefferys is a leading researcher on European employment relations, trade unions, and labour market disadvantage. His earlier research in France and the UK has broadened out to collaborative EU research. He was principal applicant in the EU FP5 RITU project and co-applicant in the SMALL project; he was also co-applicant in the FP6 WORKS and PIQUE projects; and co-director with Strangleman of a project on how work contributes to social identity (ESRC Identities programme). Strangleman (now, Kent) directed the HE ESF Older Mens project, and organised an ESRC seminar series: Working Class Lives: Geographies and Sociologies, 2003-2005.
Jefferys collaborates with Contrepois** a leading researcher on French syndicalism (output 1). She held a rare post-doctoral fellowship at the CNRS Gender Mobility and Work centre in Paris before returning to WLRI to research whether French multinationals export the French social model to Eastern Europe. She has a grant on workplace organization from Frances Agence Nationale de la Recherche .
Moores* research on changes in employee representation has been funded by ACAS and DTI within the UK (2003, 2004 and 2006), by the EU FP5 SMALL project (2002-6), and two ESF projects on workplace learning (2004-5) and European trade unions and restructuring (2004-7). She had HE ESF funding (2005-6) to lead research into continuing gender and age discrimination. In 2006 (with Tasiran* and Jefferys) she received a DTI grant to analyse workplace representation.
An important strand of research focuses on relationships between international migration, ethnicity and working conditions and employment relations. Holgate** (ESRC postdoctoral fellowship, QMC), focuses on the organisation of migrants and ethnic minorities in the workplace, industrial relations and trade unionism. She also researches identities and networks in workplace organisation, via a Nuffield grant (2006) and a major ESRC research grant (2007-10). Pollert (now UWE) directed an ESRC project on unorganised workers (WLRI and Greenwich), and co-ordinated an ESF project on ethnic minorities in hotels and catering.
All staff are encouraged to contribute to wider academic and user communities by serving on professional and other committees and contributing to national and international organisations. All staff regularly review for leading journals (so not listed below).
Four international journals are currently edited or co-edited by our staff (Feminist Review, European Urban and Regional Studies, Journal of Labor History, and Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation). Also members of eleven journal editorial boards and guest editors of eleven special themed issues.
Migration and Society Cluster
- Guest editor, special theme issue of Sexualities (Sage), 2007, on The Cultural Study of Commercial Sex.
- Invited speaker at twelve international conferences: including Special UN Session (New York) on Beijing +5.
- Consultant to EUs Daphne Programme, evaluating projects to prevent violence against women and children.
- Consultant to International Labour Organisation on child trafficking in Latin America.
- EU Network of Excellence, IMISCOE Panel Organizer, Sex, Money and Love in Migration, International Sociology Association Sociology of Migration meeting, 2004-5; and Alternative Modes of work for Gender, Work and Organization Conference, Keele, 2007.
- Visiting Professor, 2002, Europe-Australia Institute, Victoria University, Melbourne.
- Plenary addresses at New York University, Queens Belfast, Humanities Foundation, Charlottesville, USA, Merriman Summer School, Ireland, and Dublin City University
- Member, Irish Governments Task Force on Policy regarding Emigrants (2001-02).
- Academic Advisor, Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, on ethnic minorities labour market achievements (2001-2).
- Member, Academic sub-group, Office for National Statistics, 1998-.
- Commissioned by British Council to organise five-day seminar in Cork on Philosophies of Integration (2004) and to write for Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined
- External examiner, PhDs: Glasgow, Huddersfield, Open University.
- Editorial board, Translocations and Irish Studies Review
- Speaker and advisor on Irish in Britain and immigration: GLA, Innisfree Housing Association, Irish Counsellors, London Churches Group for Social Action
- Invited speaker at Commission for Racial Equality 30th anniversary conference and contributor to final edition of their journal Catalyst.
- External Examiner for first Masters course in Migration and Diaspora Studies in Ireland at UCC, 2007-2010.
- Invited by Ethnicities (6(4), 2006) and Economy and Society (36(2), 2007) to write pieces on religion and ethnicity and multiculturalism respectively for extended reviews.
- Morris Ginsberg Fellow, LSE, 2003-5
- Commissioned to co-author report for Oxfam (2004) Exploding the Migration Myths: Analysis and Recommendations for the EU, the UK and Albania.
- Guest editor, themed issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2003), on Albanian migration.
- Research consultancies: Save the Children Italy project on Romanian minors in Rome (2005); and PACA, French Regional Authority, project on young adult male migrants selling sex, (2005)
- Member, IMISCOE, EUs network of excellence in migration research. IMISCOE panel organiser with Agustn (see above).
- Organised international conference on 'Balkan Masculinities', (with Bracewell and Schwandners-Sievers, SSEES, 2002)
- Organised panel, ISA conference, "From Emigration to Immigration Countries in Europe", Normandy (2005).
- Member, international program committees of two Turkish economics associations: Economic Research Centre, Middle East Technical University; and Turkish Economic Association.
- Co-organiser, Conference on Turkey and the EU: Work, Employment and Trade Unions', Ankara (2007), Middle East Technical University, and WLRI.
- Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.
- Full Visiting Professorship in Labour Economics, University of Vxj, Sweden (2006), and Full Visiting Professorship in Econometrics, University of Karlstad, Sweden (2005)
- Academician of Social Science (2002-).
- British Academy Readership (2004-6)
- Member, ESRC Research Grants Board, 2001-5; chair ESRC/NERC Transdisciplinary Seminars Panel (2005); deputy chair ESRC First Grants Panel (2006); member ESRC CASE Studentships panel (2007-). Also on Commissioning Panel for One Europe or Several programme.
- Royal Geographical Society with IBG: Chair, Annual Conference (2005); Chair, Research Groups Sub-Committee (2004-6); Council Member 2005-6.
- Managing editor, European Urban and Regional Studies (1994-, Sage); European editor, Tourism Geographies (2000-, Routledge).
- Editorial board member: Mobilities, Annals of Tourism Research, and Perspectives on European Politics and Society.
- Guest editor, theme issues: International Journal Population Geography 2002 (mobility and regulation); Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2006 (Older migrants in Europe)
- Adjunct Professor, University of Canterbury (2004-7); Williams Evans Visiting Professorship, University of Otago (2003).
- Co-organiser, European Urban and Regional Studies conferences, Barcelona 2002, Warsaw 2004, Copenhagen 2006, Istanbul 2008.
- External examiner, 14 PhDs since 2001, including: Victoria (NZ), Melbourne, Lisbon, and Roskilde.
Culture, Language, Politics
- Member, Advisory Board, Phrasis: Studies in Language and Literature
- Invited speaker on German linguistics in Romania, Dresden, Erlangen, Ghent, Trier.
- External examiner, PhDs: Ghent, Surrey.
- Co-organiser, strands at Dritte Tagung Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft in Italien, 2008 and the IVG (International Germanists) in 2010.
- Co-organiser, Joint Meeting of Forum for Germanic Language Studies and American Society of Germanic Linguistics, 2003.
- Invitations by Drscheid to contribute to WSK 1.2 Syntax (deGruyter) and by gel to co-write article for Handbook of Linguistic Analysis (OUP).
- Invited speaker, Working-Class Writing and Space, Warwick University (2005); Working Class Studies Association Conference, Minneapolis (2007); Journees Internationales de la Sociologie du Travail, London (2007).
- Review article: The Promise of Cultural Materialism, Textual Practice, 2004.
- Author of successful EU FP7 five-country research (2008-11) project on Space, Place and the Historical and Contemporary Articulations of Identities (SPHERE).
- Editor, UACES European Studies on-line essays (-2006).
- Director, London European Research Centre: organized two joint seminars with European University Institute in Florence on 'Allegiance and European Integration' (2001).
- Keynote speaker, What kind of EU in the 21st Century? Mendel University, Brno (2004).
- Launch of Miliband book (see outputs) with participation by Tony Benn, Tony Giddens, Leo Panitch, Mary Kaldor and Hilary Wainwright (2002).
- National representative (2003-), European Studies panel, Tuning programme. Since 2005, Chair of subject panel and member of Tuning Management Committee.
- External examiner, PhD: Loughborough.
- Organised several innovative European Studies seminar series and conferences, including Britain between two Continents? (2004) with Federal Trust and UACES, and first national conference on the Tuning programme, 2006
- Visiting Professor, University of South Florida (2009-10).
- Keynote speaker on Sade, Tate Modern (2001).
- Invited speaker, BBC Radio 4, Four Corners programme (2001), and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, two hour programme Pleasures of the flesh (2005)
- Chaired session on Sade, French Studies (2007).
- Invited paper, Socit des Dix-neuvimistes, Edinburgh, 2006.
- External examining, PhD: York University (2004); Birkbeck (2005).
- Editor, Cahiers of the Association for French Language Studies (1999-).
- Invited contributor, themed volumes on French sociolinguistic variation, Journal of French Language Studies, Nottingham French Studies, Studies in French Applied Linguistics.
- Elected member, Philological Society (2005).
- External examiner, doctoral jury, Universit de Franche-Comt (2003).
- Invited speaker, Journes de la sociolinguistique urbaine, Rennes II (2001); Journes PFC (Phonologie du Franais contemporain) Paris X (2003); Lille III (2004) ; Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2006).
- Three keynotes and nine plenaries since 2001: Norway, France, Tunisia, and the US; the Universities of Liverpool, Aberystwyth, Lancaster, Dundee, Brighton, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge and London.
- Invited participant, Birgitta Forum international symposium on Utopian Thinking and Sustainable Development, Linjoping University, Sweden (2004).
- Invited address, US National Endowment for Humanities, New York (2007)
- Co-organiser (with Frank Trentmann), international invited workshop, Citizenship and Consumption, Kings College, Cambridge (2006).
- Participant, British and Irish government funded Encounter Round Table on Post-Christian Ireland, Dublin (2003) and UK Government Foresight Scoping meeting on Obesity (2005).
- Speaker, citizenship and consumption, H.M Treasury (2004).
- One of three keynote speakers, BSA conference, 2008.
- Invited speaker, colloquium of German historians, Centre for American Studies Heidelberg University (2004)
- Invited speaker, conference for leading British scholars of East German history, organised by Centre for East German Studies, the 'Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur' and 'Deutschland-Arciv'.
- Member, Editorial Collective, Feminist Review, 1999-.
- Editor of five special issues of Feminist Review since 2001 (Globalization, Drugs, Fashion and Beauty, Fiction and Theory, Reflections of 25 Years)
- Plenary address, MECCSA - Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association - Womens Network (2002).
- Member, panel on fan cultures research, MECCSA main conference (2002).
- Invited speaker: Sussex, Manchester, Leicester, London, de Montfort Universities, and first international lifestyle television conference (Salford 2007).
- Invited plenary speaker, first international conference on Annie Ernaux, Arras (2002), contributing chapter to resulting book (Thumerel, 2004).
- Invited speaker, conference on Ernaux, Toronto 2008
- Co-organized international conference, sociology of reception study, University of Versailles-St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (2003).
- External examiner, PhDs: Leeds, Gloucestershire.
Work and Employment Relations
- Member of research team, secured prestigious 3 year project from Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France (2007-10).
- Member, research team, secured three year project, Ministry of Labour, , France - Direction de l'Animation de la Recherche et des Etudes Statistiques (2005-8).
- Post-doctoral fellowship, Paris Regional Council (2006-7).
- Editorial board, Histoire et socits, revue europenne d'histoire sociale (2000-4).
- ESRC Postgraduate Fellowship (QMUL, 2004-5)
- Invited speaker, several conferences US and UK, including British Universities Industrial Relations conference (2005), Wales TUC (2007), Oxfam (2006),
- Member, organising committee, international conference on Global companies, global unions, global research, New York (2006).
- Member, Editorial Board, Equal Opportunities International.
- Editorial board: Labor History, Historical Journal of Industrial Relations, and Socialist Register.
- Guest editor, special Racism issue, European Trade Union Institute review, Transfer (2007).
- Joint organiser, 11th biennial meeting of Journes internationals de sociologie du travail (Sociology of Work) Conference, London, 2007
- Chairperson, Lipman-Miliband Trust, established by Ralph Miliband (2001-).
- External PhD examiner: Nottingham Trent, Birmingham, Gothenberg, Manchester, CNAM-Paris
- Visiting Professor, Toulouse University (2007-8).
- Co-organiser, International Working Lives doctoral school, Keele (2002), Gothenberg (2003), Evry (2004), London (2005), Bristol (2006)
- Executive member, British Universities Industrial Relations Association.
- Guest editor, special theme issue on small firms, European Trade Union Institute review, Transfer (2007)
- Research cited, TUC submissions to government concerning 2005 Warwick Agreement.
- Private presentation, Under Secretary for State, DTI, Facility Time research (2007).