Professor Nasar Meer

  • Professor in Social and Political Sciences (Sociology)


Nasar Meer is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social & Political Sciences.

He is Co-Investigator of The Impacts of the Pandemic on Ethnic and Racialized Groups in the UK (UKRI, 2021-2023) and Principal Investigator of the Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe's Refugees (GLIMER) (JPI ERA Net / Horizon-2020).

​He was a Commissioner on the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (2020-2021) Post-COVID-19 Futures Inquiry, a Member of the Scottish Government COVID-19 and Ethnicity Expert Reference Group and the British Council's Outreach Program, and formerly elected co-Chair of Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), and elected Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the Social Policy Association (SPA).

He is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), and Trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation.

He is currently co-Editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; co-Editor of 21st Century Standpoints (BSA and Policy Press) and co-Editor of Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series (PPICS)

Research interests

Nasar’s research is interdisciplinary and spans a number of topics that orbit around the study of citizenship. These include arenas of political participation, education policies, approaches to anti-discrimination, migration and asylum, public and media representation, and the ways in which collective membership is conceived and operationalized. Secondly, he is engaged in a reading of the African-American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois, and the relationship between his concept of 'double consciousness' and notions of identity and misrecognition. Thirdly, and running through each concern, is a focus on both contemporary and historical racialization, and the evidence of shared racial logics working across different racial projects.


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Nasar supervises students working in different areas of the Social and Political Sciences, including in social and public policy; race and ethnicity; citizenship; multiculturalism and interculturalism; identity; religion and society; print media; public discourse; and education.

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Fellowships and Award​

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), 2018
  • ​Awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Thomas Reid Medal, 2016
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), 2017
  • Minda de Gunzburg Fellowship, Harvard University, 2012-2013
  • Resident Visiting Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2012-2013