Semra Eren-Nijhar

Sociologist / Producer / Director

Semra Eren-Nijhar was educated in Istanbul, Berlin and after her post-graduation she went on to continue her education in London and in Oxford.  In Berlin she obtained an MSc at the University of Applied Studies. Following her post-graduate degree she studied at Brunel University as an MSc visiting student in Public Administration & Public Policy and subsequently studied for her MPhil in Public Administration. Eren-Nijhar’s research took her to Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford to further her interest in EU social policies research which culminated into a major report on migration.

She is an experienced academic researcher and management consultant with extensive in-depth knowledge gathered in leading institutions. She is an expert professional in the areas of diversity, strategic advice which focuses on social policy formulation and social research encompassing EU states in particular Germany, UK and Turkey. Eren-Nijhar has been researching the area of social policy across Europe and Turkey for the last 26 years. She has presented a number of papers at international conferences over the last two decades, mostly focused on issues of migration, women, EU policies and Turkish people living across Europe.

From a young age she focused on a number of political and community struggles locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout these formative years she has been active in German, British, Turkish and EU politics. Eren-Nijhar addressed a number of different areas including Equality, Women’s rights, anti-racist movements and Black and Minority Ethnic politics across Europe, through setting up and supporting front-line organisations.

Semra Eren-Nijhar has researched and created several photographic exhibitions in Britain, Belgium and Turkey and her work mainly focuses on portraits of people and individuals. As a documentary maker she has also made several documentary films ‘Turks in London’, ‘Turkish Youth in London’, ‘Millennium Poet Osman Türkay’ and produced and presented on a Turkish TV channel weekly discussion programmes called ‘Avrupa’da Söz Bizde – Our Voice in Europe’.

In 2004 Eren-Nijhar was granted lifetime membership of the Millennium Awards Fellowship which marks the personal commitment and achievement of a select group of talented individuals throughout the United Kingdom in strengthening and enriching their communities.

Semra is currently the Managing Director of Suncut Consulting/Research & Productions.

Latest News

A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


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In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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