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SocRel Annual Conference Keynote, 4-6 July 2022
New Book: The Cruel Optimism of Racial Justice
Annual Fuller Lecture 2022, ‘Crisis Ordinariness and Racial Justice'
Nasar Meer is Professor of Sociology in the
School of Social and Political Sciences
and former Director of
at the University of Edinburgh.
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)
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
Fellowships and Awards
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
Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh
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