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Sughra Ahmed

Tutor, Woolf Institute

Research Associate, St Edmund's College


01223 743 075

Sughra Ahmed is Senior Programmes Manager at the Woolf Institute in the Centre for Policy and Public Education. She has responsibility for the design and delivery of research and training on issues such as faith, belief, communities and integration. Previously, she worked as Research Fellow in the Policy Research Centre where she explored the migratory and settlement experiences of first generation Muslim women and men in the UK (www.generation1.org.uk), and worked with a number of organisations to consider the issues young people face whilst growing up in the UK and the impact of this on wider British communities. She has published a number of papers and key reports: Seen and Not Heard: Voices of Young British Muslims (2009) and British by Dissent (2014). She is active in interfaith and intercultural work to help build stronger and more effective relationships across communities of faith and belief.

Sughra is a Trustee of the Inter Faith Network UK, Chair of the Islamic Society of Britain and a Specialist for the Christian Muslim Forum. Sughra has a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature and an MA Islamic Studies; she is a qualified Chaplain and holds a Diploma in Islamic Jurisprudence. She regularly contributes to debates in the media and is a contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. In 2014 she was awarded the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Woman of the Year at the British Muslim Awards.



The voices of young British Muslims: identity, belonging and citizenship (2015). Chapter in Youth & Policy Journal.

Somalis in Leicester (2014). Open Society Foundations: At Home in Europe Project. OSF, London.

British by Dissent (2014). Muslim Youth Helpline, London.

Tobacco: Facts and Myths - Young perspectives on tobacco usage in the UK (2010). NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Rochdale Primary Care Trust. 

Muslims in EU Cities - Leicester (2009). Open Society Foundations: At Home in Europe Project. OSF, London.

Seen and Not Heard: Voices of Young British Muslims (2009). Policy Research Centre, Leicester, UK.


Encounters in Dialogue: A Muslim Reflection on Christians and Christianity (2012). Chapter in Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue With Each Other and With Britain. CreateSpace, UK, pp. 115-123.

Young British & Muslim (2010). Chapter in Youth Work and Islam - A Leap of Faith for Young People. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 39-52.

Muslim Transnational Identity and State Responses in Europe and the UK after 9/11: Political Community, Ideology and Authority (Mandaville, P.) (2009). Research paper contributing to a wider article. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Taylor & Francis, Routledge. Vol. 35, No. 3, March 2009, pp. 491-506.


Generation 1.0: memories of migration and settlement. A website on the experiences and settlement processes of 1st generation Muslims in the UK are captured through film and disseminated online aiming, through educational streams, to narrow the intergenerational gap between several generations of Muslims: www.generation1.org.uk (2013).

The Islamic Society of Britain: designed, created content and published website on Islam and British Muslims for academics and other audiences: www.plainislam.com (2011).

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