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Dr Demelza Jones

Academic Subject Leader: Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. My main research and teaching expertise relates to migration, and different forms of (super)diversity and inequality. Chevron icon


I joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2018, and prior to that lectured at Aston University in Birmingham. My interests include migration, diasporas, (super)diversity, religion and inequalities. I am currently involved in two research projects. One looks at migrant and minority-ethnic Christian congregations’ use of Anglican church spaces. The other explores diverse young people’s engagement with cultural heritage across nine countries in Europe and Asia.


  • PGCert: Higher Education Teaching, Aston University, 2015
  • PhD: Sociology, University of Bristol, 2013
  • MSc: Social Science Research Methods, University of Bristol, 2009
  • MA: Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, University of Nottingham, 2007

Teaching & Research


I teach on a range of UG sociology modules, and also contribute to some UG and PG criminology modules.


My main interests are in migration and diaspora, (super)diversity (including religious diversity and religion in diaspora) and cultural heritage. I have also researched the experiences of families living with disadvantage, and the use of autobiographical methods in teaching sensitive topics in HE.


More publications from Dr Demelza Jones can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

I convene the online Tamils in Europe Research Network.

Subject for media interview

Tamil migration and Tamil diasporas in the UK

Migration (including refugees)

Ethnic and religious diversity

Hinduism in the UK

Teaching sensitive topics in HE

Impacts of austerity on low-income families in the UK