Dr Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Admissions & Student Recruitment, UG Social Policy programmes

Contact details

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chris Allen is a Lecturer in Social Policy where he is also Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment for all undergraduate programmes.

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  • PhD (Birmingham)
  • BA (Wolverhampton)
  • PG Cert (Birmingham)


For almost two decades, Chris has been researching the phenomenon of Islamophobia and wider issues relating to the socio-political ‘problematization’ of Muslim communities in Britain and Europe. This has included but not limited to undertaking research that has sought to understand the experience of Muslim women victims of street-level hate crime, anti-Islam ideologies of the far-right, the impact of counter-terror legislation, and the governmental engagement of Muslim communities. His research has also focused on wider issues relating to the role of religion and faith in the contemporary political and policy spaces as also issues relating to Britishness, cohesion, integration and identity.

To undertake this research, Chris has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Economic & Social Research Council, British governmental departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authorities, the European Union and a wide range of state agencies, third sector organisations and charitable bodies.

He has published widely both in the UK and elsewhere including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey among others. As part of this, he was the first academic to publish a monograph on the phenomenon of Islamophobia as also peer-reviewed journal articles on the English Defence League, Britain First and the recently proscribed National Action. As well as publishing in peer-reviewed journal articles, he also writes for a range of different non-specialist outlets including the Huffington Post, Perspektif and the Conversation among others. As a commitment to public engagement, he gives talks about his research in various non-academic settings and regularly appears in the broadcast media.

Over the past decade, he has accepted various independent advisory roles across the British political spectrum. Until recently, he was an independent adviser to the British Government on Anti-Muslim Hate and Islamophobia. During that same period, he has also contributed written and oral evidence to a range of different government bodies and commissions including the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crimes, and the Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life among others. Most recently, he became a Fellow of the United States’ Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program and has since become an alumnus of the John Adams Society.

Prior to joining the University, Chris worked as Director of Policy and Research at BRAP, an equalities and human rights advocacy organisation that was formerly known as Birmingham Race Action Partnership. He is originally from London, has a keen interest in popular culture especially film and music and is a lifelong supporter of Millwall Football Club.


Chris currently convenes two undergraduate modules:

  • Terror, Threat & Security (second year undergraduate)
  • Doing or Not Doing God: Religion, Policy & Politics (third year undergraduate)

He also teaches on a number of team-taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Other activities

Chris Allen has contributed to the University of Birmingham's Predictor Podcasts, which feature academic experts discussing current and future research in their specialist field. Download Chris's podcasts below:



Allen, C. (2010) ‘Islamophobia’. London: Ashgate.


Allen, C. (2017) Political Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia: an ‘insider/outsider’ analysis of the British Coalition Government’s approach between 2010-15 in Social Sciences (Vol. 6, No.3: 1-19).

Allen, C. (2017) Proscribing National Action: considering the impact of banning the British far-right group in Political Quarterly (Vol. 88, No.4: tbc).

Allen, C. (2017) Controversy: Is Prevent Harming Universities? in Political Insight (Vol.8, No.1: 38-9).

Allen, C. (2016) ‘Resistir a la invasión musulmana’, Afkar (Vol.1, No. 50: 27-31).

Allen, C. (2015) ‘”People hate you because of the way you dress”: Understanding the invisible experiences of veiled British Muslim women victims of Islamophobia’ in International review of Victimology (Vol. 21, No. 3: 287-301).

Allen, C. (2015) Britishness and Muslim-ness: differentiation, demarcation and discrimination in political discourse in Identity papers: a journal of British and Irish studies (Vol.1, No. 2: 1-12).

Allen, C. & Isakjee, A. (2015) ‘Controversy, Islam and Politics: an exploration of the “Innocence of Muslims” affair through the eyes of British Muslim elites’ in Ethnic & Racial Studies (Vol. 38, No. 11: 1852-1867).

Allen, C. (2014) ‘A critical analysis of the discourses about Britain’s multiculturalism against a backdrop of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ in Social Sciences (Vol. 4, No. 1: 18-33).

Allen, C. (2014) ‘Britain First: the frontline resistance to the Islamification of Britain’ in Political Quarterly (Vol. 85, No. 3: 345-61).

Allen, C. (2014) ‘Exploring the impact and ‘message’ of street-level Islamophobia on visible Muslim women victims: a British case study’ in Journal of Muslims in Europe (Vol. 3, No. 2: 137-159).

Allen, C. (2014) ‘New Labour’s policies to influence and challenge Islam in contemporary Britain: A case study on the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group’s Theology Project’ in Social Sciences Directory (Vol. 3, No. 1: 2-19).

Allen, C. (2014) ‘Anti-social networking: findings from a pilot study on opposing Dudley mosque using Facebook groups as both site and method for research’ in SAGE Open (Vol. 4, No. 1: 1-12).

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Islamophobia and other key issues facing contemporary Muslim communities in today's Europe including the far-right, diversity, integration and immigration

Media experience

Chris is a frequent contributor in the print and broadcast media to the debate about Islamophobia and the growth of the far right. He has recently spoken about the impact of recent riots on the perception of Muslims (BBC News Online) and the changing attitudes to Muslims since 9/11 for a wide range of UK and International outlets.

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Communities and Cohesion

Islamophobia & social issues relating to Muslim communities & Islam; far-right political groups & movement; security policy, counter-terror, radicalisation and the Prevent agenda; diversity, multiculturalism & cohesion; Britishness & identity; religion in contemporary society