Culture, Media and Sport

Culture, media and sport 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. 

Professor Allan Anderson

Professor Allan Anderson

Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies

I teach and research in the areas of the 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. I lead a Master of Arts programme in Evangelical and Charismatic Studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8446
Email
a.h.anderson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Anthony Arnull

Professor Anthony Arnull

Barber Professor of Jurisprudence

Anthony Arnull specialises in the law of the European Union. He worked at the European Court of Justice from 1989-92 and was Head of Birmingham Law School between 2006 and 2009. He was Acting Head of the College of Arts & Law at Birmingham from April to August 2015. Professor Arnull is the author of The General Principles of EEC Law and the Individual (Leicester University Press, 1990); The ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6295
Email
a.m.arnull@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor of Law

Kate is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a background in political economy, development, socio-legal studies, and gender/sexuality studies. Her first monograph (Developing Partnerships: Gender, Sexuality and the Reformed World Bank, 2009) explored the World Bank’s gender and development lending in Latin America. She is involved in a new project exploring the consequences of the turn to ...

Email
k.bedford@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ian Boardley

Dr Ian Boardley

Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology
Chair of Health and Safety Committee, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr Boardley is internationally known for his expertise on the psychosocial processes governing moral behaviour in physical activity contexts. This work includes moral behaviours that occur on the sports field (e.g., prosocial and antisocial behaviour), as well as those that occur in sport, exercise, and dance (use of image and performance enhancing drugs). Ian’s research has been supported ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8399
Email
i.d.boardley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan Boff

Dr Jonathan Boff

Senior Lecturer in modern History

As a historian, I am primarily interested in how institutions and individuals respond to the challenges of war. I believe that this is best studied using an approach which is both comparative and cross-disciplinary.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5512
Email
j.f.boff@bham.ac.uk

Dr Meghan Campbell

Dr Meghan Campbell

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 ...

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

Dr John Carman

Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation

I am an archaeologist with an interest in what archaeology ‘does’ in the world – how it came to be as it is, why we study what we do in the way we do it, and what that means in terms of understanding ourselves. I work particularly in two fields: cultural heritage; and conflict archaeology, especially the archaeology of battlefields. I have been recently honoured with a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7493
Email
j.carman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Henry Chapman

Professor Henry Chapman

Professor of Archaeology

Henry’s research interests centre on the later prehistoric period, and particularly the relationships between human activity and environmental change within past landscapes and focusing on wetland sites. He specialises in the use of digital technologies to enable the modelling and analysis of the wide range of information required for such study to engage with past sites and landscapes.

Thi ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 45505
Email
h.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shushu Chen

Dr Shushu Chen

Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management

Dr Shushu Chen is a Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management. Her principal research interests include sport policy analysis and evaluation, and Olympic studies (particularly in the areas of Olympic legacy evaluation). Her recent research projects examine policy and management issues of sport in China.

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Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8386
Email
s.chen.5@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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8348
Email
a.davies.4@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 ...

Telephone
+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.

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

Dr Victoria Goodyear

Dr Victoria Goodyear

Lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health

Victoria is a pedagogical researcher in physical education and sport pedagogy. Her research focusses on digital technologies and social media in young people’s health and wellbeing, teacher professional development and curriculum innovation, as well as digital methods and ethics. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8390
Email
v.a.goodyear@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 ...

Telephone
+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 ...

Telephone
+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 am a Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies at the University of Birmingham. 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 ...

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

Dr Helle Jørgensen

Dr Helle Jørgensen

Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Studies

An anthropologist by education, I enjoy doing interdisciplinary research. My main interest is the production of heritage in post/colonial contexts and the associated politics of history, social memory and development, including local as well as transnational relations and practices, from heritage management to tourism and the social lives of the people living near designated heritage sites.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5498
Email
h.jorgensen@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.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5749
Email
s.lee@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 Erika Rackley

Professor Erika Rackley

Professor of Law

Erika Rackley's research focuses on judicial diversity, the nature of judging, gender equality in the legal profession, and the legal regulation of pornography and image-based sexual abuse. Her scholarship has shaped and informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments, in The Guardian, and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action. She is author ...

Telephone
0121 414 9240
Email
e.rackley@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mike Robinson

Professor Mike Robinson

Professor of Cultural Heritage
Director, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

I am Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage - a major inter-disciplinary research and graduate Institute working with the World Heritage Site and associated museums of Ironbridge.

My interests lie in how we produce and consume categories of heritage within changing cultural and cross-cultural contexts. I am particularly interested in how tourists experience ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3119
Email
m.d.robinson@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 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 ...

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

Dr Erin Sullivan

Dr Erin Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

I am a cultural historian and literary scholar interested in the nature of emotional experience and its relation to art - in particular Shakespeare’s. My research splits into two distinct but nonetheless related strands: the cultural history of the emotions, especially sadness, and the performance of Shakespeare today.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9513
Email
e.sullivan@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas

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

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

Dr Maria Vrij

Coin Curator, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Maria Vrij is curator of the coin collection at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which comprises over 16,000 objects, most of which are Byzantine, but also includes around 5,000 Roman coins (further information about the collection can be found at www.barber.org.uk/coins). In this role she facilitates academic research and teaching (both university UG and PG level, and schools outreach) with ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7332 (office)/+44 (0)121 414 3730 (coin study room)
Email
m.c.vrij@bham.ac.uk

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Impact)

Professor Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics and the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Impact. In this role she seeks to support and extend the impact of Birmingham's research across policy, cultural and industrial sectors. Her track-record shows her commitment to public engagement and work with policy makers. As such she has served as a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8399
Email
h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Dr Chen Zhu

Dr Chen Zhu

Lecturer

Dr Chen Zhu is committed to teaching and researching intellectual property (especially copyright). His publications have appeared in leading peer-reviewed academic journals such as Social & Legal Studies and International Journal of Information Technology and Law

Telephone
0121 414 8564
Email
c.w.zhu@bham.ac.uk