B for Brexit or for belonging?

Lorena Georgiadou

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In this paper, I use my personal experience of being a UK-based EU national and researcher during ‘Brexit’, as a vehicle to explore how the ‘rise of the right’ may be affecting qualitative researchers, their practice and the context in which their inquiry takes place. In particular, I explore the shift in my sense of belonging as a result of the Brexit vote and the impact that this has on my willingness to remain in Britain and on my research practice. I conceptualise ‘belonging’ as fluid and relational, and I highlight the central role that ‘welcoming the other’ can play in facilitating such processes. This then forms the foundation of my exploration of what I think we, as qualitative researchers, can do for our communities, as a response to the recent political developments discussed in this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Issue number1
Early online date6 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2019


  • belonging
  • Brexit
  • welcoming the other


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