Since the Bradford Riots in 2001, research at Bradford has helped to
defuse underlying tensions between deprived, multiethnic communities and
between them and the local state thus strengthening community resilience
in the city. Building on global research, particularly in Latin America,
we have introduced participatory and peace-building methodologies into the
locality, but with implications beyond it. The Programme for a Peaceful
City enhances our impact through academic-practitioner reflection spaces.
Our research with rather than on communities fosters their voice in
policy, contributing to a non-confrontational response to the EDL in 2010,
2012 and 2013 and bringing community activists from Bradford's diverse
communities together to co-create the ESRC-funded Community University
(Comm-Uni-ty) in May 2013.
Dr Chris Allen's research into Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred has
had a direct influence on the political thinking and emerging policy
developments of central government in the United Kingdom. Having been
recognised as a leading expert in his field at the political level, his
research has helped to encourage engagement, raise awareness and
facilitate public and political debate. Allen's expertise and
knowledge has been drawn upon in establishing the All Party
Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working
Group and the recently launched, Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim
Attacks) third party reporting initiative that was recently noted in
the Coalition's new integration strategy.