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Khursheed Wadia


I am a Professor of Sociology. I am also co-coordinator (with Natasha Bedford, Warwick Sport) of the Warwick Staff BAME Network.

Outside the University of Warwick, I am an Overseas Research Associate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, an Associate Fellow of the Centre Migrations et Citoyenneté, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris and an external Research Associate at the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture, Aston University in Birmingham.


My research lies at the intersection of gender, ethnicity and politics in Europe with a focus on Britain and France. More specifically it covers the field of political participation and policy. My work on political participation and policy has been extended to examine why and how young people engage with political and civic institutions and processes (see below).

I am co-author (with Prof. Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University) of Women and Politics in France: 1958-2000 (Routledge, 2000), Gender and Policy in France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Refugee Women in Britain and France (Manchester University Press, 2010) and of various short works.

I am also co-author (with Prof. Danièle Joly, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris) of Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) which won the Political Studies Association UK WJM Mackenzie prize for the best book in political science in 2018. This book has been translated into French as La Participation civique et politique des femmes de culture musulmane en Europe, and is published by the Presses de l'Université Laval, in Quebec, Canada.

I am co-editor (with Dr. Gabriella Lazaridis) of The Securitisation of Migration in the EU: Debates since 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Current and recent projects

  • Principal Investigator (in collaboration with Prof. Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University) on a British Academy funded project on Forced Marriage Policy in France: a Study of Inclusivity and Gender Transformation, September 2017 to November 2019.
  • Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account, on Doing Politics, Changing Society: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women's Activism, April 2018 to July 2019. To read the project evaluation report click HERE
  • ‘Gender and Minority Rights’ Cluster Lead on MYPLACE - Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement, a four-year study funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) on how young people's social and political participation is shaped by the past and inter-generational relationships in Europe. The MYPLACE project was coordinated by Prof. Hilary Pilkington (University of Manchester) and included collaboration with 14 European HEIs, April 2011 to November 2015.
  • Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded seminar series titled Whose Security? Migration-(In)Security Dilemmas 10 Years after 9/11, April 2011 to March 2013.
  • Co-Investigator on a 4-year study funded by the ESRC on Women from Muslim Communities and Politics in Britain and France, June 2007 to May 2011.

Recent selected publications and reports

  • Allwood, A. and Wadia, K. (2020) 'Forced marriage and gender transformation: feminist state and civil society networks at the local level', French Politics, 18: 132–152,
  • Charles, N., Wadia, K., Ferrer Fons, M. and Allaste, A-A. (2018) '"I'm a feminist, I'm not ashamed and I'm proud": Young people's activism and feminist identities in Estonia, Spain and the UK', Women's Studies International Forum, 67: 23-29,
  • Charles, N. and Wadia, K. (2017) 'New British Feminisms, UK Feminista and Young People's Activism', Feminist Theory, first published August 23,
  • Joly, D. and Wadia, K. (2017) Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Winner of the Political Studies Association UK WJM Mackenzie Prize for "The Best Book in Political Science" 2018**
  • Lazaridis, G. and Wadia, K. (eds) (2015) The Securitisation of Migration in the EU: Debates since 9/11, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wadia, K. (2015) Interpreting Activism: Gender and Minority Rights (deliverable 7.2), MYPLACE (FP7) Project.
  • Wadia, K. (2015) 'Women from Muslim Communities in Britain: Political and Civic Activism in the 9/11 Era’, in T. Peace (ed.) Muslims and Political Participation in Britain, London: Routledge.
  • Charles, N. and Wadia, K. (2014) UK Feminista: Young Women's Feminist Activism (deliverable 7.1), MYPLACE (FP7) Project.
  • Charles, N., Pilkington, H., Popov, A. and Wadia, K. (2013) Interpreting Participation: UK Report (deliverable 5.3), MYPLACE (FP7) Project.

Teaching 2020 – 2021

During the current academic year I will be teaching the following modules:

  • SO923 Gender, Imperialism and International Development
  • SO929 Gender Analysis and Development Practice
  • SO261 Gender and Violence

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising research in the broad area of gender and ‘race’/ethnicity studies and more specifically political and civic engagement, equalities, public policies and social transformation.



Professor of Sociology

Office: D0.14, Social Sciences Building


Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23970

Advice and feedback hours: Tuesday after 3:00pm by appointment