Bethan is a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Sociology and has been at Manchester since 2007. She holds degrees from the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester. Before joining academia, Bethan worked as an immigration lawyer in Bradford and as an international election observer for the OSCE.
Bethan’s research interests are in racism and ethnicity, youth, urban citizenship, devolution and nationalism. She is the author of the book, Talking race in young adulthood (Routledge, 2017). Her current research looks at how different forms of devolution contribute to and are affected by shifting narratives of nationalism and understandings of citizenship and carry the potential to shape new forms of inclusion and exclusion.
Bethan has worked on a number of public funded research projects and is currently a member of the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, the Manchester Urban Institute and Multilingual Manchester. She is a member of the emerging scholar forum at the Runnymede Trust and has been an ESRC funded visiting scholar at the Centre for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley.