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.

Dr Jakub Beneš

Dr Jakub Beneš

Lecturer in Modern European History, 1800-1950

Modern east central Europe, workers’ and peasants’ movements, war and society.

Email
j.benes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katherine Brown

Dr Katherine Brown

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Head of Department

I am interested in Muslim women's involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. My work examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. I also examine how counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes impact on religious women’s ...

Email
k.e.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Meghan Campbell

Dr Meghan Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Law

Meghan Campbell is a Lecturer in 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 Discrimination Against Women can be ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6315
Email
m.campbell.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nicholas Crowson

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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+44 (0)121 414 5485
Email
n.j.crowson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Davies

Dr Andrew Davies

Reader in the Public Understanding of Religion
Director, Edward Cadbury Centre
School Head of Education

Although my interests are varied, I am fundamentally a biblical scholar who works on the reception history of the Bible, particularly its influence on society, its handling by Pentecostals and Evangelicals throughout the world today and its interpretation in music and the arts. My PhD, in the field of biblical ethics, provoked my interest in literary-critical approaches to the Hebrew Bible ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8348
Email
a.davies.4@bham.ac.uk

Dr Catherine Durose

Dr Catherine Durose

Reader in Policy Sciences

Catherine Durose is a Reader in Policy Sciences at the Institute of Local Government Studies and recent Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the School of Government at the University of Birmingham.

Catherine is a leading expert on urban governance and public policy, interested in questions of how we initiate and facilitate inclusive decision-making and social change in urban ...

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+44 (0) 121 415 1074
Email
c.durose@bham.ac.uk

Mairead Enright

Mairead Enright

Reader in Feminist Legal Studies

Máiréad Enright joined Birmingham Law School in 2016. Her research is in feminist legal studies and law and religion. She is especially interested in how patriarchal legal and religious structures can be resisted and changed. Her research in this respect looks beyond traditional methods of law reform to consider illegality, protest, private litigation, and experimental legal ...

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(0)121 414 6299
Email
m.enright@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ewan Fernie

Professor Ewan Fernie

Chair of Shakespeare Studies and Fellow

As a critic, I'm about opening up and analysing the life there is in Shakespeare and other literature. This involves thinking about the ways verbal and dramatic art constitute sensuous, ethical and even spiritual experience. I'm also interested in the way standard critical forms such as the essay and approved styles of critical prose reveal but ...

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+44 (0)121 414 9506
Email
e.fernie@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia

Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia

Lecturer 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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+44 (0)121 414 6041
Email
l.garcia@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

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 ...

Email
r.r.gould@bham.ac.uk

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

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 ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3914
Email
d.guest@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rosie Harding

Professor Rosie Harding

Professor of Law and Society

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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+44 (0) 121 414 4960
Email
r.j.harding@bham.ac.uk

Professor Charlotte Hempel

Professor Charlotte Hempel

Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism

My main research interests are the Dead Sea Scrolls, and I began my doctoral work at King's College London in the Qumran glasnost year 1991 when access to all the unpublished material 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 unpublished texts had, in practical terms, a ...

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+44(0)121 414 8337
Email
c.hempel@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hugh Houghton

Professor Hugh Houghton

Professor of New Testament Textual Scholarship
Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing
Director of Research, Department of Theology and Religion

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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+44 (0)121 41 58341
Email
h.a.g.houghton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Director of Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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 and Extremism, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam ...

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+44(0)121 41 58337
Email
h.a.jawad@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies

I’ve been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham since 2002. My research encompasses a range of related topics in Sikh Studies, such as gender and Sikhism, science and Sikhism and contemporary Sikhism.

On the teaching side, I teach Introduction to Sikhism (second-year undergraduate); Placement Module (second–year undergraduate); and an MPhil(B) course on Sikh Studies, MA in ...

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+44 (0)121 41 58338
Email
j.jhuttijohal.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Jones

Dr Stephen Jones

Lecturer

I am a sociologist of religion specialising in the study of Islam and Muslims in the UK and religious and non-religious publics’ perceptions of science.

Email
s.h.jones@bham.ac.uk

Dr Irina Kuznetsova

Dr Irina Kuznetsova

Birmingham Fellow

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.

Email
i.kuznetsova@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sabine Lee

Professor in Modern History
Head of School of History and Cultures

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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+44(0)121 414 5749
Email
s.lee@bham.ac.uk

Professor Catherine Mangan

Professor Catherine Mangan

Director of Education

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 ...

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c.mangan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Reader in Law

Dr Mavronicola researches and teaches on human rights, public law, and legal theory, as well as on the interplay between counter-terrorism and human rights and on key intersections between human rights and criminal justice. She has published work in a number of journals, including the Human Rights Law Review and the Modern Law Review.

Dr Mavronicola currently serves as Special Adviser to the ...

Telephone
(0)121 414 9038
Email
n.mavronicola@bham.ac.uk

Dr Grace Milton

Dr Grace Milton

Research Fellow

I joined the Cadbury Centre as a Research Fellow in September 2017.  Having completed my PhD in 2014 on the topic of contemporary Pentecostal/Charismatic conversion theology, my thesis is published as Shalom, the Spirit and Pentecostal Conversion.  As well as Pentecostal theology and religious conversion, my interests broadly lie in the relationship between faith and practice, ...

Email
g.milton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Yujin Nagasawa

Professor Yujin Nagasawa

HG Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
Co-Director, John Hick 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 ...

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+44 (0)121 41 46055
Email
y.nagasawa@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

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.

Email
j.s.nielsen@bham.ac.uk

Dr Insa Nolte

Dr Insa Nolte

Reader in African Studies
Head of Department of African Studies and Anthropology

My research focuses on the importance of private and everyday life for wider social relations and political processes in the Yoruba-speaking Southwest of Nigeria. My current work centres on encounters and relations between Yoruba Muslims, Christians, and traditionalists, and explores religion and gender in multi-religious marriages and family life.

The study of the relationship between the ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5129
Email
m.i.nolte@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rehana Parveen

Dr Rehana Parveen

Lecturer

Rehana Parveen is a former solicitor and former senior tutor at The  University of Law, having taught  on the GDL,  LPC and BPTC courses. Rehana is currently a Teaching Fellow and Phd student of the University of Birmingham. Her research project is in the area of Islamic/Shariah law and its place in English law, particularly with regards to matrimonial and family disputes which are ...

Telephone
0121 414 2099
Email
r.parveen@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity
Director of IRiS

Jenny Phillimore is Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRis) and 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, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology.

Over the past decade she has managed teams ...

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+44(0)121 414 7822
Email
j.a.phillimore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Klaus Richter

Dr Klaus Richter

Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Eastern European History

My main field of research is the social history of modern Central and Eastern Europe. I am especially interested in issues such as nationalism, ethnic conflicts, and concepts of statehood.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45514
Email
k.richter@bham.ac.uk

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor of Islamic Studies

I research modern, contemporary and classical forms of Islam, employing both historical and ethnographic research methods. My interests include modern Islamic reform, Shia Islam, Sufism, Islamic messianism and as well as the historical and contemporary presence of Muslims in Europe. I am particularly interested in making current theories and methods in Religious Studies relevant to the academic ...

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+44 (0)121 41 43082
Email
o.scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Manu Sehgal

Lecturer in South Asian History

I am historian of colonial South Asia with particular interest in the political and social history of the British empire. My work explores the critical importance of territorial contestation in shaping colonial rule during the long eighteenth century and articulations of sovereignty in colonial South Asia. I am also interested in gender history and law across the British empire

Email
m.sehgal@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Dr Yafa Shanneik

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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+44 (0)121 414 9180
Email
y.shanneik@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nando Sigona

Professor Nando Sigona

Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement
Deputy 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 Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.

Dr Sigona’s work investigates the migration and citizenship nexus. This ...

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+44(0)121 415 8030
Email
n.sigona@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Head of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Department 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, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5775
Email
j.v.suikkanen@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas

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.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 415 8373
Email
d.r.thomas.1@bham.ac.uk

Linden Thomas

Linden Thomas

Senior Lecturer
Solicitor and CEPLER Manager

Linden joined Birmingham Law School in September 2013.  As supervising solicitor she is responsible for coordinating the School's pro bono programme, which includes the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group, the SIFA Fireside Clinic, the Birmingham Environmental Law Foundation Clinic and many other projects.
 
In April 2014 Linden also took on the role of Manager of the Centre for ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5780
Email
l.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Zoë Thomas

Dr Zoë Thomas

Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World

I am an historian of modern Britain with particular specialism in women’s history and social and cultural history.

Email
z.thomas@bham.ac.uk