Dr Demelza Jones: Belonging and identity in the everyday lives of Tamil migrants in the UK The research explores how Tamil migrants of different state origins come to identify with a ‘Tamil diaspora’ in the UK and illustrates the value of studying diaspora as a permeable, non-static process which allows for varying modes and intensities of identification amongst nominally unitary communities. Dr Demelza Jones: A Super-diverse Diocese: Minority Congregations within the Anglican Diocese of BirminghamThis collaborative project between Demelza Jones at Aston University and Canon Andrew Smith at the Church of England Anglican Diocese of Birmingham, explores the use of Anglican Diocese-owned church spaces within the Birmingham city-region by ethnically, nationally and linguistically diverse congregations.
Dr Gary Fooks: Standardised Tobacco Packaging: a health policy case study of corporate conflict expansion and adaptation Research conducted by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the Universities of Bath and Aston has examined tobacco industry political activity during the lead up to the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in the UK (2015). The findings highlight the key role tobacco companies played in expanding the policy conflict through financial subsidies to opponents of the policy and by underwriting public campaigns aimed at bringing large numbers of ordinary people into the conflict. The study has several important implications for implementation of Article 5.3 the World Health Organization Framework on Tobacco Control, which aims to prevent tobacco industry interference in health policy.