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Migrations and diasporas; national (re)formations; ethnic and ratial differentiations and discriminations; comparative processes of social cohesion
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Mary J. Hickman is Professor of Irish Studies and Sociology at London Metropolitan University. She established the Irish Studies Centre at the former University of North London in 1986 as a teaching, research and archival base for Irish Studies, gaining recognition for study of the Irish in Britain. She is now Director of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations (ISET) which she establsihed in 2002 after leading a successful bid for funding. Previously she was also Programme Director for European Studies, 1993-1995, and Reader in European Studies, 1995-2001, in the School of Languages and European Studies, University of North London. She has been Visiting Professor at: Ireland House and the European Studies Centre, New York University 1997-98, the West European Institute, Columbia University, 1997, the Europe-Australia Institute, Victoria University, Melbourne, 2002, and the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin, 2010.
She founded the Archive of the Irish in Britain in 1989 which is now housed in ISET. She was a member of the Irish Governments Task Force on Policy Regarding Emigrants (2001-2002). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) a multi-disciplinary consortium of eight higher education institutions funded by the Irish government. She was an advisor to the Sectarianism in Scotland working group of the Public Interest Research Network in 2007. She has been a member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Consultative Forum since 2006. For the British Council in 2005 she co-organised a five-day seminar on the theme ‘Migrations: Philosophies and Practices of Integration’. She was an academic advisor to the Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, London, for the project ‘Improving the labour market achievements of ethnic minorities’ in 2001-2002. She was a member of the Academic sub-group of the Office for National Statistics, London, 1998-2001.
She is a member of the British Association for Irish Studies and was a member of its Executive Committee in the 1990s. She is also a member of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand and of the New York Irish History Roundtable. She is a member of the editorial boards of Irish Studies Review and of Translocations: Migration and Social Change An Irish Inter-Disciplinary Open Access E-Journal www.translocations.ie. She is a member of the Standing Committee of Heads of European Studies and of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies and is an ESRC panel member.
Reviews for: American Anthropologist, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, Ethnicity and Health, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Feminist Review, Journal of Historical Sociology, Irish Studies Review, Nations and Nationalism, Global Networks, Irish Journal of Sociology, Irish Historical Studies, European Journal of Culture, Social and Cultural Geography, Women’s Studies International Forum, History of Education Journal, Economy and Society, Journal of Baltic Studies, Urban Studies.
Referee reports for: Economic and Social Science Research Council, Leverhulme Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences and various publishers.
Media work for BBC (including Newsnight, BBC 2, Woman’s Hour and Today Programme, Radio 4), ITV, RTE, Sky News, CNN, local radio in UK and Ireland. Innumerable interviews about the Irish in Britain, Northern Ireland or general ethnic integration issues for news programmes and documentaries.