Professor Harris Beider, Head of College for Social Sciences at Birmingham Metropolis College (BCU) has just lately been awarded an Superior Analysis Collaborative (ARC) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship on the Metropolis College of New York (CUNY) Graduate Centre.

The Graduate Centre, residence to the worldwide centre of analysis excellence at CUNY, annually awards 10 people all over the world with Visiting Fellowships, every carrying nice esteem amongst students from all over the world.
Commencing in spring 2024, Professor Beider’s Visiting Fellowship will embrace a journey allowance, an workplace on the Graduate Centre in addition to the thrilling alternative to affix CUNY’s prestigious educational neighborhood.

I used to be delighted to learn of the private award of a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at CUNY, the Graduate Centre is the preeminent place of interdisciplinary world analysis excellence bringing collectively students who’ve acquired nationwide and worldwide prizes.
This needs to be seen not solely as a private award and recognition for my work, but in addition for BCU as a post-1992 college when different recipients are based mostly in research-active universities from internationally.
Professor Harris Beider, Head of College for Social Sciences at BCU

Exploring America’s ‘left behind’ communities
As a part of the Fellowship, Professor Beider can be engaged on a analysis mission – ‘Recognizing Loss and Constructing Hope in Left Behind Locations in New York Metropolis: A Case Examine of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn’ – throughout his time in New York Metropolis.

My mission focuses on recognising loss and rebuilding hope in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn within the context of the 2024 Presidential Elections, constructing on the networks that I developed within the neighbourhood in the course of the writing of my 2020 guide ‘Different America’.
While neighbourhoods in Bay Ridge space have modified considerably in recent times on account of demographic shifts and gentrification, there are nonetheless emotions of disconnection and displacement amongst communities.
Bay Ridge may very well be seen as being ‘left behind’ spatially, politically and economically from the remainder of the town with experiences of each loss and hope.
This has been performed out on the native and nationwide stage by means of the totally different narratives of the Obama and Trump administrations, the devastation of the Covid pandemic, the homicide of George Floyd and the widespread BLM protests and persevering with financial insecurity.
This mission will have interaction with stakeholders together with activists, companies and lecturers partnering with non-profit organisations and coaching Bay Ridge residents to be neighborhood researchers to recognise the influence of loss and the best way to go about constructing hope.

The Visiting Fellowship would require Professor Beider to generate funding to assist the analysis, which might ultimately be used to assist form coverage and observe in Bay Ridge and comparable locations throughout NYC and the nation.
All analysis carried out by the BCU College of Social Sciences and its related analysis centres goal to make an authentic contribution to information and create real-world influence throughout the themes of sociology, psychology and criminology.


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