About us

The University of Glasgow Centre for Research on Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism (CRREN) was established in 2005 to promote the comparative study of the historically specific ways in which racism, ethnicity and nationalism have shaped the development of modern society.

To promote and conduct high quality, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary comparative research on racism, ethnicity and nationalism.

To be an international research facility for the study of racism, ethnicity and nationalism

To provide a context for debate between researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the region and beyond.

To facilitate capacity building through the intellectual development of the next generation of scholars and practitioners in the area of racism and nationalism studies.

Over the past 15 years, these objectives have been pursued through funded research, outputs, PGR supervision, teaching across the UG and PGT curriculum and extensive knowledge exchange activity consolidating CRREN’s reputation as one of the world’s leading research centres in the areas of racism and ethnicity. 


Over the course of the last five years, 11 staff have been integral to CRREN’s activities, including eight permanent staff (Neil Davidson, Robert Gibb, Gareth Mulvey, Teresa Piacentini, Giovanni Picker, Francesca Scrinzi, Andrew Smith, Satnam Virdee and three research assistants: Hirsch (left for Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017); Liinpää (left for the Scottish Government in 2019) and McBride (currently research fellow in the School of Education).


Current members:

Dr Robert A Gibb

Mr Neil Davidson

Dr Maureen McBride

Dr Gareth Mulvey

Dr Teresa Piacentini

Dr Giovanni Picker

Dr Francesca Scrinzi

Prof Andrew Smith

Prof Satnam Virdee (Centre Director)