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Dr Nighet Riaz is an early careers researcher at the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland. Nighet’s research explores how young people and communities can become ‘othered’ fuelled by moral panics to tackle the perceived disaffection of young people who have been identified as ‘at risk’ of social exclusion through policy and practice.


Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer

Journal of Youth Studies

British Education Research Journal



Member of Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice: a cross disciplinary research centre, founded by Prof. Ross Deuchar, and encompassing colleagues from Schools of Education, Media, Culture & Society, Business & Enterprise and Science and Sport, UWS: 2016 –present.

Member of Institute for Youth and Community Research, UWS: 2012-present.

Member of the Cross Party Group ‘Tackling Islamophobia’, Holyrood.

Member of the Cross Party Group ‘Tackling Islamophobia’ Education subgroup, Holyrood.

Member of the Scottish Educational Research Association

Member of the British Educational Research Association

Member of the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Early Careers Researchers Network

Member of the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Race, Ethnicity and Education

Member of the British Sociological Association.

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Research Output 2013 2019

Alien conspiracy theory? exploring ethnicity and drug supply in Scotland

McLean, R., Holligan, C. & Riaz, N., 20 Apr 2019, In : Deviant Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

place of residence
New Zealand

The practice of multilingual policy in Scotland: discourses, practices, and debates

Riaz, N. N., 24 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

secondary school

The risk matrix, an educational policy tool: amber alert!

Riaz, N., 24 Apr 2019, p. 56-56. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

educational policy
employment initiative
national minority
compulsory education

The school as a 'hostile' environment

Riaz, N., 20 Mar 2019, The Anti-Racist Educator.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

A Scottish Narrative: Muslim Youth & Social Mobility

Nighet Riaz (Invited speaker)
27 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Urdu in our Schools: Languages 1 + 2?

Nighet Nasim Riaz (Speaker)
5 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation