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SPS academic’s article receives Highly Commended Award from The Sociological Review



Nasar Meer article highly commended in Sociological Review


SPS’ Professor Nasar Meer has been honoured by a leading sociology journal for his work on asylum and gentrification. 

The paper, The role of asylum in processes of urban gentrification, received a Highly Commended Article Award in The Sociological Review Journal Article of the Year Awards. 

The awards celebrate the excellence and range of scholarship published by the journal. Eight articles in total received the Highly Commended Award, with one outright winner.  

The paper by Nasar, Emma Hill (University of St Andrews) and Timothy Peace (University of Glasgow) analyses the relationship between the accommodation of dispersed asylum seekers and urban gentrification in the UK. It argues that asylum seekers are vulnerable to strategies associated with gentrification – such as neighbourhood dumping, containment and territorial stigmatisation – and calls for further research into the asylum border in urban spatial economies.  

Praise from the judging panel:  

“…essential reading for sociologists, policy-makers, and, indeed, anyone interested in the callous inequalities of contemporary urban economies.” – Dr Daryl Martin, chair of the jury panel  

“An excellent example of innovative work being undertaken on an urgent contemporary issue…” – Dr Vik Loveday, jury member  

Find out more and read the winning articles here