Communities and Cohesion
Communities and cohesion are a major focus for the University and for policy makers. These researchers are actively engaging with the policy process and would welcome further engagement from policy makers.
Emeritus Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies
I research the areas of history, theology and mission studies relating to the global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, with some concentration on the history of these movements in Africa and Asia, and the history of world Christianity.
Reader in Religion and Global Security
Over the past decade I have been researching the role of gender and religion in relation to Islamic extremism, and have an interest in gender-mainstreaming countering and preventing violent extremism efforts. My current work focuses on gender, religion and resilience in global governance efforts in relation to terrorism. This is part of my larger project, Humanities for Resilience,which is ...
Reader in International Human Rights Law
Associate Head of School
Meghan Campbell is Reader in International Human Rights Law at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores how the international human rights system can best respond to gender inequality and poverty. Her monograph Women, Poverty, Equality(Hart Publishing, 2018) explores how the concept of equality in the UN Convention on the Discrimination on the Elimination of All Forms of ...
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Professor of Contemporary British History
Professor Nicholas Crowson is a Professor of Contemporary British History with a particular interest in homelessness from the 1880s to the modern day. This includes recreating the life stories of vagrants in late Victorian times; exploring the hidden history of the mass squatting of military camps in 1946; examining the role of the Reception Centres after 1946; and considering the impact of ...
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Professor of Public Religion
Director, Edward Cadbury Centre
Although my interests are varied, I am fundamentally a biblical scholar and literary critic who works on the reception and impact of the Bible, particularly in the contexts of its influence on society, its handling by Pentecostals and Evangelicals globally and its interpretation in music and the arts. My PhD, in the field of biblical ethics, provoked my interest in the role of the Bible as a ...
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Professor of Feminist Legal Studies
Head of Research Impact
Máiréad Enright’s research is in feminist legal studies and critical legal theory, with a particular focus on law and religion. She has written on issues including reproductive justice, law reform and grassroots organising, illegality in social movements, responses to historical injustice and obstetric violence. She often works with and advises groups campaigning around ...
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Chair of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow
I’m interested in the life in Shakespeare and other literature, and in exploring the ways in which it can inform, enhance and challenge life now. I'm also interested in the way standard critical forms (such as the essay and approved styles of critical prose) reveal but also limit the kind of experience reading is held to be, and I'm ...
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Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies
I research electronic dance music scenes (e.g., house, techno, etc.), with a special focus on issues of affect, sexuality, tourism, and the creative industries. My ethnographic fieldwork focuses primarily on Berlin, Germany.
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Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature
Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ...
Honorary Senior Lecturer
I am interested in two main areas of research. First: contemporary biblical hermeneutics, specifically in the ways gender theory, queer theory and psychological theory can inform the interpretation of texts. Much of my work to date attends to lesbian, transgender and queer interpretations of scripture and I remain interested in ways in which masculinities and femininities are constructed in ...
Professor of Law and Society
Head of Research Funding
Professor Rosie Harding's research explores the place of law in everyday life. Her primary interests are in social justice, disability and family law. Her work has a particular focus on the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. She uses social science methods including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research to investigate the place of law in ...
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Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism
Head of School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
My main research interests are the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible. I began my doctoral work at King's College London in the Qumran glasnost year 1991 when access to all the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls was granted to the world of scholarship at large. Because of the sheer scale of new material now available, the opening of access to all the ...
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Professor of New Testament Textual Scholarship
Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing
I work on the text of the New Testament in Latin and Greek, using and developing electronic tools to create digital editions of individual manuscripts and biblical books which will provide the basis for future generations of scholarship. I have been on the committee of the International Greek New Testament projectfor over a decade, and in 2016 was appointed Executive Editor for the Pauline ...
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Honorary Senior Lecturer
Broadly speaking, my research interests lie within Islamic studies and Middle Eastern politics and history. My research interests and writings cover areas such as the socio-political study of Islam, Modern and contemporary Islamic thought, Women in Islam, Feminism and Islam, Islam in Britain, especially New Muslims, Islam and the West, Islamism, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam and other ...
Professor of Sikh Studies
I have been an academic at the University of Birmingham since 2002. My teaching and research focuses on Sikh theology, inter-faith dialogue, gender inequality, Sikh identity in the diasporic community, racialization and mistaken identity and other contested issues that confront the Sikh community nationally and globally. My work in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public ...
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Stephen’s research covers themes including equality and discrimination, governance and political participation, religion in public life and the public understanding of science. His core specialism is in the study of Muslims in the UK and their treatment by British society and the state, with his research in this area encompassing Islamic organisations and movements, governance and ...
Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics
I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music.
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Dr Irina Kuznetsova's research expertise includes areas of migration, forced displacement, health, and critical urbanism. Her recent projects focus on social consequences of population displacement in Ukraine, Russia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Japan, including mental health and well-being, and the impact of migration on rural communities.
Professor in Modern History
Having graduated from the University of Düsseldorf with a degree in mathematics, history and philosophy I completed an M.Phil in International Relations and PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. I took up a lectureship in European history at the University of Hull in 1993 before joining the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham in 1994.
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Emerita Professor (Public Policy)
Vivien Lowndes is Professor Emerita (Public Policy). Her research focuses on political institutions, local governance, citizen participation, gender and migration. Vivien also undertakes knowledge transfer with non-academic partners, acting as a policy advisor to the UK government, the Council of Europe and many different local authorities and NGOs. Professor Lowndes was previously ...
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Director of Education, College of Social Sciences
Catherine is the Director of Education for the College of Social Sciences and a Professor of Public Management and Leadership in the Institute of Local Government Studies. She has a background as a policy maker and practitioner in public service and as such as a particular research interest in developing research which can deliver change within the public sector. Her ...
Professor of Human Rights Law
Professor Mavronicola joined Birmingham Law School as a Senior Lecturer in September 2016, and has been Professor of Human Rights Law since 2022. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast (2013-2016). Professor Mavronicola is chiefly interested in the theory and interpretation of human rights. Her research has focused on pursuing dynamic coherence in the ...
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H.G. Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
Co-Director, Birmingham Centre for the Philosophy of Religion
Yujin Nagasawa specialises in the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind and applied philosophy. He is the author of Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism (Oxford University Press, 2017), Miracles: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2011) and God and Phenomenal ...
Emeritus Professor of Contemporary European Islam
My main research interest is Islam in Europe but I also maintain interests in Shari’a and Christian-Muslim relations in Europe and the Middle East.
Assessment and Progress Lead
Rehana Parveen is a former solicitor and a former senior tutor at The University of Law. Rehana joined the University of Birmingham Law School in 2012 and completed her doctoral thesis exploring Muslim women’s experiences of using religious tribunals (shari’a councils) and comparing this to their experiences of using state law. Rehana currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the ...
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Professor of Migration and Superdiversity
Jenny Phillimore is Professor of Migration and Superdiversity. She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health. Jenny is also an expert on Community Sponsorship.
She managers teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular ...
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Lecturer in South Asian History
I am a historian of modern South Asia (present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). My research interests range from the early colonial period with the coming of the East India Company’s rule to the late colonial period – the mobilization of Indian soldiers transforming the First World War into a global conflict. I am particularly interested in histories of gender based ...
Lecturer in Islamic Studies
My research focuses on the dynamics and trajectories of gender in Islam within the context of contemporary diasporic and transnational Muslim women’s spaces. I work on Muslim women communities in Europe and their transnational links to the Middle East. I also have a particular research interest in the authority and leadership of Muslim women and the changing nature of women’s ...
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Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement
Director of IRiS
Nando Sigona is a social scientist with over fifteen years research and teaching experience in migration, refugee, citizenship and ethnic studies. He is the Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.
Professor Sigona’s work investigates the migration and citizenship nexus. ...
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Reader in Philosophy
I am a Reader in Philosophy here at the University of Birmingham, where I have worked since September 2010. I have a wide range of interests in philosophy. Whilst my own research (described below) mainly focuses on the more theoretical side of moral philosophy in metaethics and normative ethics, I am also interested in philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and ...
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Emeritus Professor of Christianity and Islam
Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations
For many years one of my specialist interests has been the history of religious thought in Islam and the structure of Islamic religious thinking. A particular aspect of this is relations between Muslims and followers of other faiths, especially Christianity. I have made this a major topic of my research and writing.
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Reader in Clinical Legal Education and Pro Bono
Solicitor and Head of the Centre for Employability Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER)
Linden is a Reader in Clinical Legal Education and Pro Bono and a supervising solicitor for Birmingham Law School’s Pro Bono Group. She has a particular interest in pro bono, clinical legal education and public legal education and her teaching and scholarship focus on those areas.
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Associate Professor in Modern History
I am a social and cultural historian with particular specialisms in British history and the Anglophone world post 1850, histories of work, artistic culture, feminism, suffrage, and women’s and gender history. My first book Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement (2020) won the Historians of British Art award for a single-author book with a subject between 1800-1960 and ...
Christalla Yakinthou is a political scientist specialising in conflict transformation in deeply divided and post-war countries. She has specific expertise in transitional justice, conflict within societies, and constitutional design.
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