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Dr Julian Hargreaves

Director of Research

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Julian Hargreaves joined the Woolf Institute in January 2017 and became its Director of Research in May 2021. He is a social scientist whose research interests include: ethnic and religious minority communities; Islamophobia and Antisemitism; counter-extremism and counter-terrorism; social research methods (including survey work, statistics and social media analysis); and policy-related research.

Julian holds an MRes (Distinction) in Criminology and a PhD in Applied Social Science, both from Lancaster University. Prior to joining the Woolf Institute, he completed a two-year post as a Research Associate in the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge.

At the Woolf Institute, Julian has led the research and analysis on various projects including the Diversity Study of England and Wales 2020 (the UK's largest known study of diversity), Transmission and Trust (a study of Covid-19 within British Jewish and British Muslim communities) and Antisemitism Online (social media data analysis of antisemitism across Google, Instagram and Twitter platforms).

Future projects currently in development include an evaluation of terrorism cases within the criminal justice system and a reassessment of the legal definition of "extremism".

Recent work has been published in the British Journal of Criminology and Ethnic and Racial Studies, reported by BBC News and The Sunday Times, and presented to the Royal Statistical Society. As part of his work at the Woolf Institute, Julian teaches on the MPhil in Middle Eastern and Asian Studies (Pathway A: Muslim-Jewish Relations), University of Cambridge. He is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, a Research Associate at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Elahi, M. and Hargreaves, J. (2020). Defining "Extremism": Lessons from Begg v BBC (in press).

Hargreaves, J. and Staetsky, L.D. (2019). Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Measuring Sensitivity in the UK. Ethnic and Racial Studies DOI:

Hargreaves, J. (2018). Towards a Cure for Prevent? Building Resilience to Religious and Political Forms of Violence within British Muslim Communities. Journal of Muslims in Europe, 7(2), pp. 190-210.

Hargreaves, J. (2018). Police Stop and Search Within British Muslim Communities: Evidence From the Crime Survey 2006-2011. British Journal of Criminology, 55(1), pp. 19-38.

Hargreaves, J. (2016). Risk and Resilience in British Muslim Communities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(14), pp. 2601-2620.

Hargreaves, J. (ed.) (2016). Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: Evidence-based Research and Practice within British Muslim Communities. Cambridge:

Centre of Islamic Studies. Hargreaves, J. (2015). Half a Story? Missing Perspectives in the Criminological Accounts of British Muslim Communities, Crime and the Criminal Justice System. British Journal of Criminology, 55 (1): 19-38.


Hargreaves, J. (2015). British Muslim Communities and 'Everyday' Hate Crime. In: Yasir Suleiman (ed.). Muslims in the UK and Europe I. Cambridge: Centre of Islamic Studies. Ch.10.

Edited works

Anderson, P. and Hargreaves, J. (eds.) (2018). Muslims in the UK and Europe IV. Cambridge: Centre of Islamic Studies.

Hargreaves, J. (ed.) (2018). Beyond dialogue? Interfaith engagements in Delhi, Doha and London. Cambridge: Woolf Institute.

Hargreaves, J., Kessler, A. and Tiffany, A. (eds.) (2017). Trust in crisis: The emergence of the quiet citizen. Cambridge: Woolf Institute.

Anderson, P. and Hargreaves, J. (eds.) (2017). Muslims in the UK and Europe III. Cambridge: Centre of Islamic Studies.

Hargreaves, J. (ed.) (2016). Anti-Muslim hate crime: evidence-based research and practice within British Muslim communities. Cambridge: Centre of Islamic Studies.

Book reviews

Hargreaves, J. (2018), The Cambridge companion to religion and terrorism by James R. Lewis. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, (in preparation).

Hargreaves, J. (2014), Hidden stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry by Richard Stone. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4), pp.525-527.

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