Nira is the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones.
Nira has written extensively on theoretical and empirical aspects of intersected nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and gender relations in Britain and Europe, Israel and other Settler Societies. Among her written and edited books are: Racialized Boundaries, 1992; Gender and Nation, 1997; Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms, 2004; The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations, 2011. At the moment she is leading a European research team on Everyday Situated Bordering as part of an EU research programme on BorderScapes. She has written for both open Democracy and Women Living Under Muslim Laws.