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- Gender and intersectionality - Gender, (institutional) violence and far right populism - Migration, minorities and citizenship - Loss, displacement and the spatial-social nexus - Cosmopolitanism and nationalism in Europe - Far-Right populism, racism and gender


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Personal profile

Research Focus

My research focuses on Comparative Studies of Minorities, Citizenship, Migration and Gender in Europe, anchoring my interdisciplinary and international expertise in Gender & Ethnic Studies

Apart from being a Fellow of the Mitchell Institute, I am also one of the founding members of the Centre for European and Transnational Studies, 2019, based in the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.




Research Statement

I am a Lecturer in Sociology, based in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work here at QUB. I joined QUB via the prestigious QUB Fellowship (March 2015 - June 2019, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice).

My research engages theoretically and empirically with the (de-)construction of racialised, classed and gendered group boundaries, looking at processes of normalisation and the critique of it. I publish on these issues in the context of gendered cosmopolitanism, populism and archives of racisms as shifting axes of difference and otherness, for more than 10 years. My focus is on Europe, looking at processes of European socialisation and the emergence of multi-layered transnational identities. I am a comparativist, who applies a range of qualitative methods (e.g. Critical Discourse Analysis; visual methods/ semiotics; narrative methods).

Having worked academically in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and England before coming to Northern Ireland, countries of expertise include: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Poland, Austria and Turkey.

My research has been funded by the British Council/ Newton Fund; Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE)/ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Stormont.

Currently, I am writing two books: my second monograph, Loss and Liquid Citizenship: the post-migration condition in a populist age looks at the fragile conditionality of citizenship rights as well at the migration and mobility nexus in a populist age (with ROUTLEDGE). The second book is co-authored (with Scott Poynting, Autralia) and concentrates on the normalisation of the global far right.

This book is commissioned by Emerald Publishing, and was chosen to be included in the Knowledge Unleashed program, to make it accessible as open access title.

Research Interests

Before 2002

Before migrating to London/ UK, in 2002, and embarking on an academic career, I worked professionally (Organisational Sociology) on gender equality implementation as far as Germany is concerned.

The legal commentary on legislation in the field of gender equality and anti-discimination law was published in 2002:

'Frauengleichstellungsgesetze des Bundes und der Laender', (2002), co-authored with Prof Dr Dagmar Schiek, Prof Dr Heike Dieball et al., published with the BUND Verlag in Frankfurt/ Main.


 Beyond 2002

I co-edited with my dearest mentor, friend and colleague Prof Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL), 'The Situated Politics of Belonging' (also with Prof Kalpana Kannabiran), published in 2006 (with SAGE).

 The Situated Politics of Belonging

My first monograph, Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: a feminist perspective' was published with ASHGATE (now ROUTLEDGE),  in 2012.



Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective (Hardback) book cover


In 2016, I published the co-edited book (with G. Valentine) 'Cartographies of Differences: Interdisciplinary Perspectives', this book is now available (August 2018) as OPEN ACCESS.



My theoretical interest in the tension between processes of normalisation (and the critique of it) on the one hand and notions of democratic inclusion led first to a symposium I organised in Amsterdam in 2012; and second, in 2014 to an edited collection:

 Revisiting IRIS Marion Young



I am internationally and professionally organised with the International Sociological Association (ISA), since 2003. Between 2010 and summer 2018 I was elected Board Member of the ISA Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05). As part of these internatuional activities I am convening and contributing to different ISA Forum and World Congresses of Sociology, e.g. in Durban/ SA (2006), Goeteborg/ Sweden (2010) Buenos Aires/ Argentina (2012), Yokohama/ Japan (2014), Vienna/ Austria (2016), Toronto/ Canada (2018) and Porto Allegre/ Brazil (2020).

Further, I am member of the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA), here with the RN15  (global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology) and RN32 (political sociology), connecting to my expertise on gender, ethnicity and transnational Europeanisation. 

From January 2020, I am on the new editorial team (special responsibility: book reviews) of the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.




I convened the MA Dissertation Module of the Mitchell Institute's Master programme, 2018/ 2019, and 2019/2020. Further, I taught 'gender, conflict and justice' as part of the theoretical module of the Master programme, in 2017/2018, and 2018/ 2019.

Since June 2019, I am convening SOC9012 (Approaches to Social Research) as part of the MRes program, in 2019/ 2020, and convene 'Understanding Gender & Migration' (SOC2051).


Postgraduate (PhD) supervision:

Dr Melanie Eijberts (2013). Migrant Women Shout It Out Loud. The Integration/ Participation Strategies and Sense of Home of First- and Second-Generation Women of Moroccan and Turkish Descent. VU University Amsterdam.



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Research Output

Cultural and political sociology for the new decade

Blokker, P., Eranti, V. & Vieten, U. M., 12 Mar 2020, In : European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 7, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Populism (Far-Right)

Vieten, U. M., 14 Feb 2020, (Accepted) Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. (Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Thinking and Writing in the Time of Pandemic Covid-19

Vieten, U. M., Eranti, V. & Blokker, P., 06 May 2020, In : European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 7, 2, p. 117-122 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

African asylum seekers and refugees in both Irelands

Murphy, F. & Vieten, U. M., Jul 2019, Immigrants as outsiders in the two Irelands. Fanning, B. & Michael, L. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 58-71 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Vieten, Ulrike M (Recipient), 24 Jun 2019

    Prize: Appointment

  • PhD Scholarship

    Vieten, Ulrike M (Recipient), Jun 2003

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Gendered Islamophobia and its transnational normalisation

    Ulrike M Vieten (Advisor), & Scott Poynting (Advisor)

    14 Jul 202018 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Talk by Prof Linda Rabben on 'Asylum and Sanctuary

    Ulrike M Vieten (Participant)

    10 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology (Journal)

    Ulrike M Vieten (Peer reviewer)

    01 Sep 201901 Sep 2022

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Social Inclusion (Journal)

    Ulrike M Vieten (Peer reviewer)

    01 Nov 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Populism in New Media Democracies: The case of Gerrmany and the AFD

    Ulrike M Vieten (Advisor)

    30 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk