Understanding Roma inclusion

The research component of Roma Matrix is being undertaken by academics at the University of Salford and the University of York within the United Kingdom. We are investigating how the National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) and other policies focused on Roma inclusion and integration are being implemented and delivered within the 10 Member States.

The research has a particular focus on approaches to tackling anti-Gypsyism, as well as exploring the progress being made in Member States around the key areas of concern to the wider Roma Matrix project.

Aims of the research

The research has 3 key aims:

  • To consider the effectiveness of existing policy and practice in combatting anti-Gypsyism
  • To investigate how existing policy and procedural frameworks are implemented in practice on the ground
  • To explore how these policies and procedures are experienced by Roma

Specifically, the research aims to focus closely on 4 areas of policy and practice which have been seen as critical areas associated with the inclusion of Roma across the EU:

  • Reporting and redress mechanisms for tackling anti-Gypsyism
  • Preparation for Roma children leaving care
  • Employment
  • Cross community relations and mediation

Research phases and reporting

The first phase of the research was desk based research, to map and explore existing policy and practice within the 4 areas outlined above in each of the EU partner countries. We produced an interim research report on this in November 2014.

The second phase of the research was empirical research in each of the 10 partner countries. We published our final research report in March 2015. 

Our research team

Professor Philip Brown

Project lead

University of Salford

Professor Peter Dwyer

Project lead

University of York

Philip Martin

Research assistant

University of Salford

Dr Lisa Scullion


University of Salford

Hilary Turley

Research assistant

Affiliated to the University of Salford