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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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Research Statement

Dr Ulrike M Vieten is a Lecturer in Sociology, who joined Queen's University Belfast as one of the QUB Fellows, in 2015.

Dr Vieten was awarded a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) by the University of East London (UEL), England, in 2008, and a MA in Gender & Ethnic Studies by the University of Greenwich, also Britain, in 2004.

She held various post-doc positions and Research Fellowships at the VU Amsterdam, the University of Sheffield and the University Luxembourg, beforehand.

Going beyond the nation state sociological lens she incorporates cosmopolitan and interdisciplinay (feminist-intersectional) methodologies in her research. Theoretically, Dr Vieten is inspired by feminist thinkers such as Nancy Fraser, Iris Marion Young, bell hooks, Kimberle Crenshaw, but also Sylvia Walby with respect to her work on the notion of 'European socialisation'.

Closely working with British scholar Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL) in the past, and further today (Social Scientists Against Hostile Environment -Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment ( ) Dr Vieten explores the historical and contemporary impact of the politics of belonging and racisms on individual positionality, notions of migration and citizenship.

Related to Dr Vieten's publications on racialised and gendered group boundaries ('othering of difference'), culturalism and racism, her expertise on gender, far right populism and racism in contemporary Europe, is internationally recognized and she contributes regularly to media debates ( e.g. EURONEWS feature; BBC/Ulster Radio or political blogs).

In January 2020, Dr Vieten took over responsibility as one of the three Editors in Chief (special responsibility: book reviews) of the refereed European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.


Dr Vieten is preparing her second monograph, Loss and Liquid Citzenship: the postmigration condition in a populist age, commissioned by ROUTLEDGE. The monography investigates the shifting boundaries of the migration-citizenship nexus in different European countries considering the post-Brexit situation and using a de-colonial feminist lens.

Further, she is finalising the co-authored (with Scott Poynting, Sydney) book, From the Extreme to Mainstream: the disrupted normalisation of the global far right, commissioned by EMERALD. The book is thought as a timely intervention in international debates on the normalisaton of far right orientations in the everyday across different societies, also reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and international governance crisis.

Research Focus

Dr Vieten does have particular expertise in Gender, Ethnic and Sexualities Studies.

Her 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. She published widely on the shifting notions of difference and otherness, in the context of gendered cosmopolitanisms, far-right populisms and archives of racisms, in Europe.

Foremost, Dr Vieten is interested in processes of European socialisation, and the emergence of multi-layered transnational identities. She is 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.

Dr Vietens 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. The pilot study 'Loss and the Language of Dance' (2017-2018), for example, explored how the experience of loss can be culturally translated across different countries and collective memories, such as Northern Ireland and Turkey'.

Refugees, displacement and moving bodies: studying loss and the ...



Before 2002

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

The legal commentary in the field of gender equality and German 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

Dr Vieten co-edited with 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


In 2012, Dr Vieten's MONOGRAPH was published with ASHGATE (by now with ROUTLEGE): 

Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Approach


Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe : A Feminist Perspective book cover



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



Dr Vieten's 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 she organised in Amsterdam in 2012; and second, in 2014 to an edited collection:


Revisiting IRIS



Internationally and professionally Dr Vieten is organised with the International Sociological Association (ISA), since 2003. Between 2010 and summer 2018 She was elected Board Member of the ISA Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05). As part of these international activities she was 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, she is member of the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA).

Since January 2020, Dr Vieten is one of the three Editors in Chief (special responsibility: book reviews) of the refereed European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.



TEACHING at QUB - Convenor of:

  • MA Conflict and Social Justice -  Dissertation Module (Mitchell Institute)                                       CSJ7002 (2017-2019)
  • Dr Vieten also contributed with a specially designed slot on 'gender, conflict and justice' to the Theoretical Core Module Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation -  CSJ7001 (2017-2019)

In the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) she convened in 2019/2020

  • MRes Module  - Approaches to Social Research, SOC9012


and continues convenining modules in Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Sociology elective  - Understanding Gender & Migration (SOC2051)  - since 2019/ 2020

This module - newly designed in 2019 - responds to the need to expand an explicit focus on gender in mainstream sociological teaching and thinking in SSESW, and connecting gender to ongoing international debates on migration. In the previous years global, regional as well as intra-Europan migration issues (e.g. EU citizenship, cross border mobility) were prominent, but due to the Brexit situation (post-2020) the module will deliver a slightly revised approach focusing on global migration, also taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, in autumn 2021. 


  • Sociology - mandatory - Qualitative Research Skills, SOC2003 (since 2020/2021)


Dr Vieten also is involved in the curriculum development and delivery of the theory module ('Theories, Frameworks and Concepts') as part of the innovative Integrated PhD (IPhD), launched in 2020.


Before coming to NI, and teaching at QUB, Dr Vieten was involved in teaching, designing and convening modules at British universities (UEL/ London Metropolitan University), in the Netherlands (VU Amsterdam) as well as in Germany (University of Applied Studies, Hanover) on 

Undergraduate Teaching/ modules (between 2004 and 2008)

  • Communication and Media
  • Youth Cultures
  • Media Meaninings
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Globalisation and Society
  • Gender & Race
  • Diversity, Difference and Identity in Organisations, Winter term 2011/2012 (VU Amsterdam)

Postgraduate module/ workshop

on 'Roma Studies' (2001-2002), University of Applied Studies Hanover ('Social Work')


Postgraduate (PhD) supervision:

  • Netherlands

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 (cuma sum laude).

  •  UK/ Northern Ireland

Emily Mitchell-Bajic, The Silencing of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Survivors in the Post-Yugoslav Space). SSESW, since 10/ 2017 (submission planned for end of August 2021) - DfE funded scholarship

Salah Uddin, Forced Migration of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, since 10/2020

Judith Atwell, An Ethnographic challenge to Resettlement as a “durable solution”: Syrian refugees and Northern Ireland. - DfE funded scholarship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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