Dr Demelza Jones


Demelza Jones

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I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Sociology in 2013. My research interests include international migration and diaspora, ethnic identifications, religion in diaspora, and inequality and disadvantage. My PhD (awarded in 2013 by the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies) explored the everyday identifications experienced by Tamil migrants in the UK through qualitative research with Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore in the Midlands and South West of England, and I convene the Tamils in Europe Research Network.

More recently, I have undertaken research in collaboration with Aston University colleagues looking at the experiences of families living in disadvantage in the West Midlands, and pedagogical research into teaching and learning around 'race' and racism in an ethnically diverse university. I am currently working in collaboration with Canon Dr Andrew Smith of the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham to research the relationship between the Anglican church in Birmingham and migrant or minority ethnic-led Christian congregations.

Research interests

International migration, diaspora, ethnicity, religion in diaspora, inequalities and disadvantage.


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Aston University (2015)

PhD Sociology, University of Bristol (2013)

Master of Science in Social Science Research Methods, University of Bristol (2009)

Master of Arts in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, University of Nottingham (2007)

BA (Hons) English and Drama, University of Birmingham (2005)

Teaching Activity

Race and Racisms

Global Society 

Understanding Social Divisions

Final Year Sociology and Policy Dissertation

Globalisation and Social Change (PG)

Membership of Professional Bodies

British Sociological Association

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