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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 Statement

Dr Ulrike M Vieten is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology (of Gender, Migration and Racisms), 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. In Germany she read Law (Bremen) and Social Sciences (Oldenburg, MA), and worked on gender equality implementation and law in the 1990s.

Before coming to Belfast, Dr Vieten held various post-doc positions and Research Fellowships at the VU Amsterdam, the University of Sheffield and the University Luxembourg, and was living in Leeds (Yorkshire) until 2015.

Going beyond the nation state sociological lens she incorporates cosmopolitan and interdisciplinay (feminist-intersectional) methodologies in her research. She is a comparativist, looking at the transformation of (European) societies and considering the increasing meaning of transnational identities.

Theoretically, Dr Vieten is inspired by feminist thinkers such as Nancy Fraser, Iris Marion Young, bell hooks, Kimberle Crenshaw, Nira Yuval-Davis, but also Sylvia Walby with respect to her work on the notion of 'European societalization'. Since 2020 Dr Vieten is an active member of  the English activist-academic group 'Social Scientists Against Hostile Environment -Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment (wordpress.com) )

  • Dr Vieten's expertise on racialised and gendered group boundaries ('othering of difference') also in the context of global and European far right populism and racism is recognized internationally. She contributes regularly to media debates ( e.g. EURONEWS feature; BBC/Ulster Radio or political blogs). 
  • Her (international) expertise in the field of gendered migration and the situation of refugees is esteemed, particularly. Dr Vieten was appointed External Examiner to the MA Refugee Integration, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, in 2022.
  • In September 2022, she published her second monograph (co-authored with Scott Poynting), Normalization of the Global Far-Right: Pandemic Disruption? (2022, Emerald Points). The book is a timely intervention in ongoing debates on everyday racisms, and the normalization of extremist views, globally (e.g. in Europe, but also Australia) also taking into account the post March 2020 pandemic situtation and implications for this debate.


  • Since January 2020, Dr Vieten is Editor-in- Chief of the peer reviewed European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, one of the flagship journals of the European Sociological Association (ESA).


  • Currently, Dr Vieten is working on a new monograph, Loss and Liquid Citizenship in Europe: the postmigration condition in a populist age, commissioned by ROUTLEDGE. The monograph investigates the shifting boundaries of the migration-citizenship nexus in different countries considering the post-Brexit situation and using a de-colonial feminist lens. The argument is inspired by Zygmunt Bauman's notion of liquid modernity combining it with Judith Butler's work on temporality, violence and mourning.
  • Between April and July 2023, Dr Vieten was a Visiting Research Fellow in Australia, based at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Alfred Deakin University, Melbourne (Australia).


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 normalization and the critique of it. Another way of capturing this is asking how othering operates in discourses and in different situated historical contexts and how the tension between difference and alterity plays out. Dr Vieten 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 societalisation, 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 first MONOGRAPH was published with ASHGATE (by now with ROUTLEGE): 

Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Approach




Book Reviews are here: 

Leanne Dawson in the Journal of Contemporary European Studies (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14782804.2013.766468) • Maki Kimura in Gender & Education http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540253.2013.868859#.Uwn2V4UtWls

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



Last year (2022), she published her second monograph (with Scott Poyinting), Normalization of the Global Far Right: Pandemic Disruption?


(Emerld Insight)



  • Dr Vieten was a Visiting Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia), at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, between mid of April and beginning of July 2023.



Her talk at the ADI in MAY 2023 had been recorded and is available via YOUTUBE:




  • 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 convened and contributed 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).

The 2023 ISA World Congress took place enf of June until beginning of July, in Melbourne, and Dr Vieten convened a RC05 panel on the Normalization of the Global Far Right (with Prof Scott Poynting), and gave  a paper at another panel releated to her new book project, on 'Liquid Citizenship and the post-migration condition'.

  • Since 2019, Dr Vieten is member of the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA).
  • Since January 2020, she is Editor-in-Chief of the refereed European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.




TEACHING at QUB - Convenor of:

  • MA Conflict and Social Justice  (MItchell Institute)-  Dissertation Module       -  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 convenes since 2019/2020 in the Undergraduate Program

  • 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 beginning, global, regional as well as intra-Europan migration issues (e.g. EU citizenship, cross border mobility) were prominent, but due to the post-Brexit situation, affecting NI and Ireland in particular ways, the module delivers a revised approach focusing on global migration, also taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, since 2020.


  • Sociology - Mandatory - Qualitative Research Skills, SOC2003 (2020/2021; 2021/22)
  • Dissertation Modules (CRM3002/ SOC3007) in spring term 2024.


Dr Vieten was 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 Meanings
  • 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')


Successfully supervised PhDs:

  • 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 (2022), The Silencing of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Survivors in the Post-Yugoslav Space, Belfast, DfE funded scholarship


Ongoing PhD supervision:

Salah Uddin, Forced Migration of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh

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


In September 2022, Dr Vieten was appointed as the External Examiner to the MA program 'Refugee Integration', Dublin City University, Ireland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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