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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
Khursheed.Wadia@warwick.ac.uk

+44 (0)24 7652 3970


Khursheed Wadia joined the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER), at Warwick, in 2003 and is now Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-Being. Khursheed is also 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.

Research interests

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 and policy) in Britain and France; migration and ethnic relations in Britain and France. 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 how this engagement is shaped by the past and inter-generational relationships. This research was undertaken as part 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 also co-author with Danièle Joly (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) of Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) which has been translated into French and published by the Presses de L'Université Laval.

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'.

Current and recent research projects
Khursheed is currently PI on a project funded by the British Academy: Forced Marriage Policy in France: A Study of Inclusivity and Gender Transformation (September 2017 - August 2019).

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 April 2011 to November 2015.

Khursheed was also PI (with Gabriella Lazaridis, University of Leicester) on an ESRC-funded seminar series titled 'Whose Security? Migration-(In)Security Dilemmas 10 Years after 9/11' and Co-I (with Danièle Joly) on a 4-year study funded by the ESRC on 'Women from Muslim Communities and Politics in Britain and France'.

Recent publications

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2017.11.008.

Charles, N. and Wadia, K. (2017) 'New British Feminisms, UK Feminista and Young People's Activism', Feminist Theory, first published August 23, https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700117723592.

Joly, D. and Wadia, K. (2017) Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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.