Dr Roxana Barbulescu & Dr Adrian Favell

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Brexit and its impact on Diversity and Community Relations in Northern Towns

Responsive Mode Impact Fund


This project seeks to establish a Commission on Diversity in Northern Towns that will facilitate dialogue and knowledge transfers between key stakeholders in the region in academia, local government and civil society. The project furthermore seeks to strengthen civil society by building links between local and national charities.

The commission will examine the challenges that he Brexit vote and the upcoming negotiations on leaving the European Union bring to diverse communities in the North of England. It is thought that migration and race issues in the Brexit vote have increased tensions between White British, British BAME groups, and Central and Eastern European migrants, Roma people, opr other foreign EU nationals, and we hypothesise this may signal the end of the long established post-war settlement based on a vision of Britain as an open, diverse, multi-racial society, built on manageable immigration. The recently published Casey Review: A Review into Opportunity and Integration (Dept. for Communities and Local Government) has also called for a renewed inquiry into British multi-ethnic communities. Working closely with key civil society organisations, the Runnymede Trust and New Europeans, town council representatives and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, West Yorkshire, JUST Yorkshire, and Stop Hate UK, the project will focus on the complex community relations in West Yorkshire and will inform the stakeholders during the first months of negotiations following the triggering of Article 50 when impact is greater. The Centre for Race and Ethnic Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds hosts the commission.

For updates on this project, please see this news article and the  Northern Exposure project website.