Project Outline


Children’s and Adults’ Friendships across Social Class and Ethnic Difference is a two and a half-year research project that examines children’s and adults’ friendships in socially mixed or ‘super-diverse’ urban settings in England. It explores what friendship relationships, friendship processes, and friendship practices reveal about the nature and extent of social mixing, multiculturalism and the influence of social divisions in contemporary urban environments. In short, the project asks whether people have friendships with a diverse range of people when they live in places with diverse populations.

This website provides more information about the project including research questions and objectives, our research methods, updates on events and publications, and details of who is involved. You will also have access to our project blog.

Project details
This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (the main government body for funding social science research in the UK) and began in February 2013 (award number ES/K002384/1). The project team is based in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UCL, Institute of Education, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. Our team is comprised of experts in the areas of diversity, identity, community, migration, ethnicity, social class and child well-being.

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