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Dr Khursheed Wadia

Khursheed Wadia
Principal Research Fellow

Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-Being (SWELL)

WCE0.3, Lifelong Learning Building, Westwood Campus

+44 (0)24 7652 3970

Khursheed Wadia joined the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER), at Warwick, in 2003. She is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-Being. Khursheed is also a co-organiser (with Vicki Squire from Politics and International Studies and Hannah Jones from the department of Sociology) of the Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) Network. In addition, Khursheed is a member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, at Warwick. Outside the University, Khursheed is an Overseas Research Associate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, an Associate Fellow of the Centre Migrations et Citoyennetés of the 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.

Biography and research interests

Before joining Warwick, Khursheed was Reader in European Politics at the University of Wolverhampton where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on European politics and society. At Warwick, she convened and taught on the MA in Race and Ethnic Studies and the MA in Applied Social Research. Khursheed also supervises PhD students and welcomes applications in her areas of research and teaching.

Khursheed’s research interests and specialisms lie at the intersection of politics, gender and ethnicity in Europe with a focus on Britain and France. Her research covers two inter-related areas of study: gender, ethnicity and politics (political participation, representation and policy) in Britain and France; migration and ethnic relations in Britain and France. Since 2011, she has extended her work on political participation and policy to examine why and how young people engage with political and civic institutions and processes and to what extent this engagement is shaped by past events and inter-generational relationships. This research has been undertaken, in collaboration with numerous partners, within the framework of a large-scale, comparative European study (see below).

She is author (with 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. Khursheed is currently working on a monograph (with Danièle Joly, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) on women from Muslim communities and their political and civic participation in Britain and France, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Khursheed was Co-Investigator (with Daniele Joly) on a 4-year study (2007-2011), funded by the ESRC (grant ref: RES-062-23-0380), on 'Women from Muslim Communities and Politics in Britain and France'; and PI (with Gabriella Lazaridis) on an ESRC-funded seminar series (grant ref: RES-451-26-0944) entitled 'Whose Security? Migration-(In)Security Dilemmas 10 Years after 9/11'.

She has also been the Warwick (CRER) coordinator and Co-Investigator of various EU Commission-funded projects: i) Refugee Women: Reception, Integration and Voluntary Return Regimes in Europe - RefWom (author of country studies on UK, Ireland and Greece); ii) Minority Formation and Cultural Diversity in European Nation-states - MinFor (author of UK study); iii) Traumatised Refugees in Europe - TraRef (author of country studies on the UK and France respectively); iv) Integration Indicators and Generational Change - IntGen (author with Catherine Anders of country study on the UK). Furthermore, she co-investigated a study funded by UK Government Office-East on 'The Crime and Community Safety Needs of Asylum Seekers and the Communities Resident in Peterborough'.

Recent research projects

Recent research projects have included 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 shadows of totalitarianism and populism in Europe. The MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement) project was coordinated by Prof. Hilary Pilkington, University of Manchester and undertaken in collaboration with 14 other higher education insitutions in Europe. It ran from 01/04/2011 to 30/11/2015.

Recent and forthcoming publications

Joly, D. and Wadia, K. Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2016).

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.

Ross, K., Evans, E., Harrison, L., Shears, M. and Wadia, K. (2013) “The Gender of News and News of Gender: A Study of Sex, Politics, and Press Coverage of the 2010 British General Election”, International Journal of Press/Politics, 18/1: 3-20.

Wadia, K. (2012) “Femmes de culture musulmane et participation politique”, Hommes et Migrations - special issue “Musulmanes et féministes en Grande-Bretagne”, edited by D. Joly and K. Wadia, 1299: 24-31.

Wadia, K. and Allwood, G. (2012) ''The Crisis of Multiculturalism in the UK'' in Labelle, M., Couture, J. and Remiggi, F. (eds.), La Communauté politique en question. Regards croisés sur l'immigration, la citoyenneté, la diversité et le pouvoir, 97 - 119, Montréal: Presses de l'Université du Québec.

Allwood, G. and Wadia, K. (2010) Refugee Women in Britain and France, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Allwood, G. and Wadia, K (2009) Gender and Policy in France, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.