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This project is one of 25 research projects funded as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Programme on Identities and Social Action. The 25 projects explore different aspects of the processes involved in the making of identities.

This particular project will provide systematic empirical evidence about the contemporary identity practices of post-conflict refugee and asylum seeker children in the UK . Drawing on research with young Somalis aged between 11 and 18 living in Sheffield , the project will seek to understand the complex ways that these children’s identities are spatially constituted through their diverse histories of mobility and are accomplished in specific geographical sites. The findings will highlight the identity practices that make a difference to young asylum seekers’ integration in order to develop policies to support their social inclusion. The project runs from February 2005 to July 2007.

Principal Investigators: Dr Deborah Sporton, University of Sheffield and Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield.

Research Associate: Katrine Bang Nielsen, University of Sheffield

Please browse our website for more information on project activities, research findings and publications.


NEW Policy Workshop Publication: Identities on the Move. Click on button to download (pdf).

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Last updated: 11 Jan 2008

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