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Dr Victoria Redclift
27-28 Woburn Square
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Victoria is an Associate Professor of Political Sociology in the Social Research Institute at the UCL IoE. After an MSc in Social Policy and Development Studies at the LSE for which she was awarded the Richard Titmuss Prize for outstanding performance, she won the LSE's first four year Bonnart-Braunthal PhD scholarship in the Department of Sociology. The monograph that resulted from her PhD, entitled Statelessness and Citizenship: Camps and the creation of 'political space' (Routledge, 2013), was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first and sole authored book in Sociology. Her work pays particular attention to spatial formations of political exclusion, the long term impact of historical displacement, and the negotiation of local and transnational citizenship. She has worked at the LSE, the University of Manchester and the University of Surrey, and joined UCL in 2018.

Victoria became a Trustee of the Bonnart-Braunthal Trust, which funds postgraduate research into the study of religious, racial and cultural intolerance, in 2016, and she is on the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum.

Research Summary

Victoria Redclift's research interests are in the sociology of migration with particular focus on citizenship and political exclusion. Her work is orientated around four main areas:

- Citizenship and statelessness - particularly as they relate to conditions of colonialism and coloniality

- The intersections of 'race', class and gender in the reproduction of political exclusion

- Diaspora and transnationalism

- Intra-minority identity, hidden minorities and racialized health inequality

Following her PhD, and funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SG121376 - April 2013 - April 2015), Victoria spent two years conducting research into the historical legacy of conflict in the formation of identities and relations among South Asian Muslims in the UK and the US. Tracing the stories of North Indian 'Bihari' Muslims who fled East Bengal as a result of the Liberation War in 1971, establishing themselves in various cities across the UK and North America, the research considered how 'intra-minority' relations interrogate Muslim identities in different diasporic contexts. Victoria was subsequently awarded a Phillip Leverhulme Prize, for a project entitled 'From Brick Lane to Little Bangladesh: Transnational Political Space in London and Los Angeles' (PLP-2014-221 - October 2015-March 2021) and an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant for a project on 'Transnational Practices in Local Settings: Experiences of Citizenship among Bangladesh-origin Muslims in London and Birmingham (ES/N000986/1 - April 2016 - December 2020). The research takes the form of a trifocal study into experiences of citizenship among Bangladesh-origin Muslims in London, Birmingham and Los Angeles, developing the concept of 'transnational political space' in order to better understand the impact of receiving society conditions on transnational identities and relations. She also works on the impact of 'race' and racism (in intersection with other minority identities) on health inequality. She currently co-leads a UCL Health of the Public Grant on LGBTQ+ ethnic minority mental health and is Co-I on the NIHR funded CICADA-ME study 'Coronavirus Intersectionalities - Chronic conditions and disability among minoritized ethnic groups'.

Teaching Summary

Victoria teaches a third year undergraduate module on 'Citizenship, political exclusion and the racialized state'. She is the academic lead for Widening Participation in the Social Research Institute and also the Careers Liaison for the department. She is on the BAME Awarding Gap Committee and the Liberating the Curriculum Working Group. She is passionately committed to improving access and support to minoritized students in the department and those from widening participation backgrounds. 

She welcomes inquiries from doctoral students conducting research in the areas of:

-Citizenship and statelessness

-Diaspora and transnationalism

-Anti-Muslim racism

-South Asian Muslim identities in the UK, the US and Bangladesh

-Forced migration, displacement and 'the camp' as a social form

-Racism and health inequality 

-Qualitative methods - especially semi-structured and narrative interviews, inter-generational methods, ethnography and case studies.

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