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.
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.
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 ...
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Professor of Law and Political Economy
Kate is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a background in law and political economy, development, and gender/sexuality studies. She joined Birmingham Law School in 2018.
Head of Impact & Engagement
Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Chair of Health and Safety Committee, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Professor 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 supplements and image and performance enhancing drugs). Ian’s ...
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Reader 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.
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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 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.
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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, as well as on evaluating Olympics legacies.
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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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Senior Lecturer in Regional and Local History
Director, Centre for West Midlands History
I am a social and regional historian with teaching and research interests in the history of the West Midlands region after 1700 and the history of ethnic minorities and anti-slavery. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the History West Midlands project.
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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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Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health
Victoria is a pedagogical researcher in sport, physical activity and health. Her main research area focuses on social media/digital technologies and young people’s health and wellbeing, and she is interested in the professional learning needs of teachers/coaches.
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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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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.
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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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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 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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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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Reader in Shakespeare
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.
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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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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 ...
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 ...
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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer)
John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Heather is responsible for delivering the University’s research strategy and for positioning the University amongst the leading universities in the UK. Heather is committed to research that matters; research which breaks new ground, shapes thinking, creates innovation and changes the world. Heather oversees all aspects of research ...
Dr Chen Zhu is committed to teaching and researching intellectual property (especially copyright) and informational jurisprudence. He is also an advocate of free and open-source software (FOSS) for legal pedagogy and research.
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