Chris Allen and Surinder Guru
Chris Allen is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. For the past decade he has been at the forefront of academic research into the phenomenon of Islamophobia. Having completed his Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded doctoral studies he has since gone on to work closely with a number of different partners and institutions. In 2010, Ashgate published his monograph entitled "Islamophobia". He has also published on that topic and other key issues facing contemporary Muslim communities in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland amongst others. He was also the co-author of the EUMC report into Islamophobia in Europe after 9/11.
Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS)
School of Social Policy
Surinder Guru's research focus is on gender and ethnicity and her previous research relates to examining the role of South Asian women within the family in Britain, looking specifically at experiences of domestic violence, divorce and their role in transmitting culture and femininity, as well as their resistance against these and wider aspects of racism and other structural constraints. Her latest work looks at the impact of Islamophobia in the social care field and she is about to undertake research on looking at the roles, views and experiences of women from different ethnic and faith organisations in interfaith activity.
Institute of Applied Social Studies