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Dr Varun Uberoi

Dr Varun Uberoi
Reader - Political Theory and Public Policy

Marie Jahoda 231

Research area(s)

  • Normative political theory
  • Public policy
  • Multiculturalism
  • National identity

Research Interests

My reseach combines normative political theory and public policy. In my theoretical work I have published extensively about  the concept of multiculturalism, national identity and unity among culturally diverse citizens. And in my empirical work I have published extensively about the nature and origins of policies of multiculturalism in Britain and Canada. My sole authored research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and the Indian Council of Social Scientific Research. I have also participated in large collaborative research projects that have been funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Outside academia, my research has been used by the UK House of Commons, the Canadian Department for Citizenship and Immigration, the Australian Senate Committee for Strengthening Multiculturalism and various think tanks..  

I welcome applications to supervise PhD students who want to work on the normative political theory and public policy of multiculturalism, national identity, secularism, race and ethnicity.

Research supervision

Vivek Yadev: Untouchability, Democracy and Recognition Theory. Commonwealth Scholar.

Elisabetta Mecca: Multi-level governance and environmental policy: the role of transnational municipal networks in the definition of local policy-making. Awarded in 2015. No corrections.

Harun Muratgullari: Turkish Minor Political Parties. Awarded in 2018. Minor Corrections.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research- Indian Conceptions of Multiculturalism, F.No3-212019/20/ICPR). Varun Uberoi (CI)

Indian Council of Social Scientific Research- Indian Conceptions of Multiculturalism,  F.No:11-35/2/IMPRESS-ICSSR/SWC 2018/19.  (CI)

Economic and Social Research CouncilInclusive Britishness-A Multiculturalist Advance RES-622-26-669 Varun Uberoi (PI)

Social Science and Humanities Research CouncilCultural and Religious Diversity in Four Contexts: A Comparative Study of Identity and the Regulation of The Religious Varun Uberoi (CI)

International Council of Canadian Studies Faculty Research ProgrammeMulticultural Nation-Building$3900 Varun Uberoi (PI)

British AcademyNation-Building Through Multiculturalism£4079.83 Varun Uberoi (PI)


ESRC Post Doctoral FellowshipThe Theory and Practice of Fostering Unity Amongst Culturally Diverse Citizens(PTA-026-27-2736)£93,564.52 Sept 2009 - April 2011 Varun Uberoi(PI)