Surinder Guru

Surinder Guru

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Lecturer in Social Work

Contact details

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Surinder Guru is a Lecturer on the Social Work course at the Department of Social Work and Social Care.


Surinder teachers both undergraduate and postgraduate:

  • Sociology and social work
  • Citizenship and diversity
  • International social work perspectives
  • Gender and migration


Her research interests focus primarily on issues of race and gender, specifically exploring the role and position of South Asian women within the family and their experiences of domestic violence, divorce and the transmission of femininity. Her current research examines the impact of securitization upon Muslim families whose members are detained and convicted under the counter-terrorism legislation.

She has supervised UK and international research students whose work has included migration, ethnicity, gender and mental health, bereavement and is currently working with students examining the role of women in indigenous tribal groups, Islamophobia and political conflict.


Stanley, T. and Guru, S. (2017) A risky time for Muslim families: Professionalized counter-radicalisation networks. Journal of Social Work Practice, in print.

Awan, I. and Guru, S. (2016) Parents of foreign ‘terrorist’ fighters in Syria – will they report their young? Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies,

Stanley, T. and Guru, S. (2015)  Childhood Radicalisation Risk: An Emerging  Practice Issue, Practice: Social Work in Action

Guru, S. (2013)  Bleak future lies in wait for the families of Woolwich suspects, The Conversation,

Duffy, J., Ramon, S., Guru, S., Lindsay, J., Cemlyn, S. and Nuttman-Shwartz, O. (2013) Developing a social work curriculum on political conflict: findings from an IASSW-funded project, European Journal of Social Work, DOI:10.1080/13691457.2012.757215

Guru, S, (2012) Under Siege: Families of Counter-Terrorism, British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 42 (6) pp 1151-1173.

Guru, S. (2012) Reflection on research: Families affected by counter-terrorism in the UK, International Social Work, 55:5:689-703.

Allen, C. and Guru, S. (2012) Between a Political Fad and Political Empowerment: A Critical Evaluation of the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (NMWAG) and Governmental Processes of Engaging Muslim Women, Sociological Research Online, 17 (3) 17 < >  10.5153/sro.2672 

Guru. S. (2012) Migration and Refugees, Curriculum Guide for Social Work, produced in partnership to support curriculum development in initial social work education. The College of Social Work.

Guru, S. (2010) Social Work and the ‘War on Terror’, British Journal of Social Work.  Br J Soc Work, 40(1): 272-289.

Guru, S.  (2009) Divorce: Obstacles & Opportunities, South Asian Women in Britain, The Sociological Review, 57 (2): 285-305.  

Guru, S. (2006) Working with Asian Perpetrators of Domestic Violence — The British Experience, Practice, Vol. 18 (3) 153-166.

Guru, S. (2003) Transmission and Transformation of Asian Femininity in Everyday Life, (2003) Everyday Cultures Working Papers, National Everyday Cultures Programme, Open University, Everyday Culture Programme.

A. Davis, HJ Rogers, S Guru, M Barnes, L Lewis, (2002)  Women-only and Women-Sensitive Mental Health Services. An expert Paper, Department of Health, 66 pages. Publication 11182

Guru, S. (1986) ‘An Asian Women’s Refuge in Birmingham,’ in Social Work with Black Children and their Families (ed). S. Ahmed; J. Cheetham, Batsford Publications.

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