Dr Imran Awan

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Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

School of Social Sciences
Email:
Imran.Awan@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 6846
Biography
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Dr Imran Awan has held academic posts at the Centre for Police Sciences (University of Glamorgan) and Wolverhampton University.  He has taught on a variety of modules, such as international policing, policing cyber crime, terrorism theory and violent extremism and terrorism. His contributions to education were recognised when he was shortlisted for the "Services to Education" award at the British Muslim Awards 2016.

Imran has commentated on major terrorism related issues affecting the Muslim community for BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central News, Al Jazeera English and Channel 4 News, to name but a few. He has also written a number of articles in this area of terrorism and security for the GuardianAl Jazeera, the Pakistan Express Tribune Newspaper, the Huffington Post, the Independent and the New Statesman.

Imran Awan has been appointed, as an independent member of the Government's Cross Working Group on Anti-Muslim hatred, based in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Imran's role is to act as an advisor to Government on anti-Muslim hatred related issues.

Imran's research examines the impact of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim hate crime and security upon Muslim communities. His recent publications include examining online Islamophobia. Imran's new book is due out this year, which examines Islamophobia on the Internet. The Government's Cross Working Group was set up by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Current Activity

Imran Awan is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University, and has previously held academic posts at the Centre for Police Sciences (University of Glamorgan) and Wolverhampton University.

He has published widely in the area of counter-terrorism, human rights, Islamophobia and policing and has co-edited the book Policing Cyber Hate, Cyber Threats and Cyber Terrorism (Ashgate 2012).

Earlier activity

In 2010, he was invited as a keynote speaker in the ‘Combating Online Extremism, Crime and Law’ series, by the School of Law at the University of Derby where he discussed counter-terrorism policy in relation to cyber terrorism. And in March 2010 he was invited by the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism to a Prevent Seminar held in London to discuss government policy on how best to prevent violent extremism.

In 2011, Imran was invited by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to take part in a review of UK Government Counter-terrorism legislation and the impact it had upon the Human Rights Act. He is currently involved in a research project that examines the impact of counter-terrorism policies upon Muslim families in Birmingham. He is an ambassador for the Make Justice Work Campaign and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Imran's co-edited book entitled: Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing was published in August 2013. 

Recent activity

Imran's new book, entitled: ‘Islamophobia in Cyberspace’ is due for publication in 2016 by Ashgate. His other books include a co-edited book entitled: Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing which was published in August 2013 and Policing Cyber Threats, Cyber Hate and Cyber Terrorism in 2012.  

Imran is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks Project organised by Faith Matters, a non-profit organisation which hopes to show the scale of the problem of Islamophobia and provide support for victims and is the Founder and Director of the Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology. 

As well as appearing regularly in the media, Imran has submitted both written and oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, and sits as an independent expert advisor to the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred based in the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Areas of Expertise
  • Online Islamophobia and the Impact of Anti-Muslim Hatred 
  • Impact of policing minority communities in the West Midlands (Muslims and Pakistani communities)
  • Impact of counter-terrorism legislation and policies upon Muslim communities in Birmingham and Cardiff (UK)
  • Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism amongst British Muslims in the West Midlands
  • The use of the Internet for Extremism
  • Pakistani gang culture in the West Midlands
Qualifications

LLB (Hons), LLM, PGCE, FHEA, PhD

Memberships
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Police Community and Conflict Transformation Group
  • Member, The British Society of Criminology
  • Member, Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice
  • Member, UK Centre for Legal Education
  • Member, The Society of Legal Scholars
Research

Imran has published widely in the area of counterterrorism, human rights, and policing and co-edited the book Policing Cyber Hate, Cyber Threats and Cyber Terrorism (Ashgate 2012).

In 2010, he was invited as a keynote speaker in the ‘Combating Cyber terrorism, Online Crime and Law’ series, by the School of Law at the University of Derby where he discussed counter-terrorism policy in relation to cyber terrorism. And in March 2010 he was invited by the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism to a Prevent Seminar held in London to discuss government policy on how best to prevent violent extremism.

In 2011 Imran was invited by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to take part in a review of UK Government Counter-terrorism legislation and the impact it had upon the Human Rights Act. He is currently involved in a research project that examines the impact of counterterrorism legislation upon Muslim families in Cardiff. Imran’s research interests include examining the impact of counter-terrorism legislation upon Muslim families, policing Muslim families, the role of Extremism and the Internet and Pakistani Gang culture.

Publications
Books

Awan, I and Zempi, I. (2016) Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.

Awan, I. (2016) Islamophobia in Cyberspace. Routledge: New York:

Awan, I and Blakemore, B (Eds.) (2013) Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing. Ashgate Publishing: London.

Awan. I, and Blakemore. B (Eds.) (2012) Policing Cyber hate, Cyber threats and Cyber terrorism. Ashgate Publishing: London.

Refereed Articles

Awan, I. (2017) Religion, Identity and Radicalisation: The Experiences of Young British Muslims of the Crises in Syria, Journal of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 6 (1): 1-21.

Zempi, I. and Awan, I. (2017) Doing ‘Dangerous’ autoethnography on Islamophobic victimization, Ethnography (Online) http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1466138117697996 

Zempi, I. and Awan, I. (2017) Doing ‘Dangerous’ autoethnography on Islamophobic victimizationEthnography (Online) 

Awan, I. and Barlow, C. (2017) ‘You need to be sorted with a knife’: The attempted online silencing of women and people of Muslim faith within academia, Social Media + Society

Awan, I. and Guru, S. (2016) Parents of foreign “terrorist” fighters in Syria – will they report their young? Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-19 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870.2016.1206588

Awan, I. (2016) Islamophobia on Social Media, A Qualitative Analysis of the Facebook’s Walls of Hate, International Journal of Cyber Criminology,  Vol.10 (1): 1-20.

Awan, I. and Rahman, M. (2016) ‘A Content Analysis of British Muslims in UK Newspapers’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, (Advance Early Access http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13602004.2016.1147151).

Awan, I and Zempi, I. (2015) ‘Virtual and Physical World Anti-Muslim Hate Crime’, The British Journal of Criminology

Awan, I. and Correia, S. (2015) ‘Engaging Muslim Communities with Counter-terrorism Research’, Fieldwork in Religion, Vol. 10 (1) (Open Access https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/FIR/article/view/22203). 

Abbas, T and Awan, I (2015) Limits of UK Counter-Terrorism Laws, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Vol. 4(3), 1-14.

Awan, I and Zempi, I (2015) Online and Offline Anti-Muslim Hostility, Aggression and Violent Behavior, 27: 1-8 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13591789/27

Awan, I. (2014) ‘Islamophobia on Twitter: A Typology of Online Hate Against Muslims on Social Media’, Policy & Internet, Vol.6 (2): 133-150.

Awan, I., Blakemore, B. and Simpson, K. (2013) ‘Muslim Communities Attitudes towards and recruitment into the British Police Service’, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, Vol.41 (4): 421-437.

Awan, I (2013) 'Policing Pakistani Style in the Theatre of Terror’ Asian Journal of Criminology, Vol. 8, (3), pp 191-206

Awan, I. (2013) 'Debating the Meaning of Cyber Terrorism: Issues and Problems', Internet Journal of Criminology

Awan, I. (2012) ‘The Impact of Policing British Muslims: A Qualitative Exploration’ Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-terrorism, Vol. 7 (1): 22-35.

Awan, I (2012) ‘Encouraging and Glorifying Terrorism: Preserving the Golden Thread of Civil Liberties in Britain’, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 4 (3): 144-155.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘The Erosion of Civil Liberties: Pre-charge Detention and Counter-Terror laws’, The Police Journal, Vol. 84 (3): 272-284.

Awan, I. (2012) ‘Muslim Communities, Conflict and Terrorism: A Study of Alum Rock’, Safer Communities, Vol. 11 (4): 195-204.

Awan, I, (2012) “‘I’m a Muslim not an Extremist:’ How the Prevent Strategy has constructed a ‘Suspect’ Community,” Politics & Policy, Vol.40 (6): 1158-1185

Refereed Book Chapters

Awan, I. (2017) ‘Online Islamophobia, Hate and Extremism’, In Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Awan, I. (2013) Chapter 22: ‘Anti-Terrorism Legislation in the UK: A Review into the Impact Control Orders’ In The Evolution of Policing: Worldwide Innovations and Insights’ Edited by  Melchor C. de Guzman, Dilip K. Das, Aideo Mintie Das

Awan, I. (2012) Chapter 2: ‘Cyber threats and Cyber terrorism: The Internet as a tool for Extremism’ In ‘Policing Cyber hate, Cyber threats, Cyber terrorism’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. (2012) Chapter 6: ‘The Global Phenomenon of Cyber terrorism and Extremism’ In ‘Policing Cyber hate, Cyber threats, cyber terrorism’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. and Blakemore, B. (2012) Chapter 10: ‘Policing Cyber hate, Cyber threats and Cyber terrorism’ In ‘Policing Cyber hate, Cyber threats, Cyber terrorism’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. (2013) Chapter 1: ‘What is Extremism?’ In ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. (2013) Chapter 2: ‘Policing within a Counter-Terrorism Context’ In ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. (2013) Chapter 5: ‘International Strategies at Preventing Extremism’ In ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Awan, I. and Blakemore, B. (2013) Chapter 10: ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ In ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ Edited by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore (Ashgate Publishing: London).

Professional Journal Articles

Awan, I. and Rahman, M. (2016) Portrayal of Muslims following the murders of Lee Rigby in Woolwich and Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham: A content analysis of UK newspapers. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36 (1). pp. 16-31. ISSN 13602004 (ISSN)

Awan, I. (2014) Operation Trojan Horse: Islamophobia or Extremism?, Political Insight, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 38–39, September 2014

Awan, I. and Correia, S. (2014) Terrorism Research: Understanding Muslim Communities, Criminal Justice Matters, Volume 96, Issue 1, 2014

Awan, I. (2013) British Muslims, Trust and the Police Service' Political Insight, Vol 4, Issue 2, 34-37.

Awan, I. (2013) ‘Radicalisation of Muslim Prisoners’, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, Vol.177, 16 (March) at p170-171.

Awan, I., Blakemore, F., and Simpson, K. (2013) ‘Why Ethnic minority communities fail to see the police as a career’, Policing Today.

Awan, I. (2012) ‘Prevent Agenda and the Doctrine of Fear in the Muslim Community’ Arches Quarterly: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Spotlight on Strategies, 5 (9) pp. 63-67.

Awan, I. (2012) ‘Misconceptions about Islam: How Counter-terrorism policy is shaped’ Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. (176), 18 (April 28) at p253.

Awan, I. (2012) ‘Pakistan’s Police Force face to face with the Threat from Terrorism’ Emergency Global. Homeland and Maritime Security Issue. (January 2012), p.48.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Terror in the Eye of the Beholder: The ‘Spy cam’ Saga in Birmingham: Counter-Terrorism or Counter-productive?’ The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 50 (2):  199-202.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Paving the way for Extremism: How Prevention is not a cure for the Disease of Terrorism’ Journal of Terrorism Research, Special Law Issue, Published by the St. Andrews Centre for Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 2(3): 4-9.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘When protecting the community involves spying on it’, Public Service Review, 5 (December).

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Bullets, Knives and the War on Gangs’ Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, (175) (41), (October 8), 591-592.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Strategic Responses to Al-Qaeda inspired Terrorism’ Police Professional. Issue 283, (December 8), 18-19.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Police powers of Stop and Search under reform in the ‘new’ battle for hearts and minds’  Emergency Global,  Homeland and Maritime Security Issue.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘A lesson in how not to spy upon your community’ Criminal Justice Matters, Special Issue, Myths and Criminal Justice, Vol. 83. (1). Routledge: 10-11.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Slaying the Monster: Counter-terrorism Measures under Reform’ Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, (175), Issue 11, 151-152.

Awan, I. (2011) ‘Rebels with a Cause: Terror in the name of Prevent’ Police Professional. At pp. 22-23.

Awan, I. (2010) ‘A Web of Deceit’ Public Service Review, Home Affairs 22. At p76.

Awan, I. (2008) ‘The Dangers of Silencing Dissent’ New Law Journal, Volume 158, Issue 7319, Butterwoth, London.

Keynotes, Plenaries and Major Presentations

Awan, I. Spiller, K., and Whiting, A. ‘Tackling Extremism in UK Universities’, Religion and Society Conference, October 2016.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker, The Future City Talks (Multi-Faith Birmingham), Birmingham City University, December 2015.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, The Nature of Islamophobia, Asian Fire Service Association, July 2015.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Prevent Strategy and Universities’, DASSH Conference, November 2015.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker, ‘Tackling Extremism and the Syria Crises’, ESRC Seminar Series, November 2015.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred in the UK’, Workshop for the Head of UK Twitter), September 2015.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker,Tackling Online Extremism’, Muslim Peace Conference, Abu Dhabi, 1-7 May 2015.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker, ‘Are Muslims a Suspect Community?’, Thought crime series, London, 20 May 2015.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker, ‘How do Prevent Extremism in the UK?’, Asian Fire Service Association, Newcastle, 22 May 2015.

Awan, I. Keynote Speaker, ‘Tackling Terrorism on Social Media’, Public Policy Exchange, 15 May 2015.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred’, Workshop for Faith Matters, August 2015.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘What do we call Extremism?’, Dialogue Society, 29 January 2014, Birmingham.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Online Radicalization’, Centre of Excellent Defence Against Terrorism (NATO), Turkey, 04-05 November 2013.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Muslims are a Suspect Community’, ESRC Social Sciences Festival, Selly Oak Methodist Church, Birmingham, Thursday 7 November 2013.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, 'Islam, Prisons and Gangs', University of Birmingham, Research Programme, Monday 9 September 2013.

Awan, I. Guest Speaker, ‘Online Muslim Hate and Extremism’, Swansea University, Staff Research Seminar Series, Monday 17 June 2013.

Awan, I. (2013) Guest Speaker, 'Islam, Prisons and Gangs', University of Birmingham, Research Programme, Monday 9 September 2013.
 
Awan, I. (2013) Guest Speaker, Online Muslim Hate and Extremism, Swansea University, Staff Research Seminar Series, Monday 17 June 2013

Awan I, Blakemore B, and Simpson K., ‘Would a ‘professional’ police force attract more minority ethnic recruits from the Muslim community?’ Plenary Speaker, Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing, University of Plymouth, 7 September 2011.

Awan, I. ‘Legal Issues concerning Cyber-Terrorism’ Invited as Key Note Speaker in ‘Combating Cyber terrorism and Online Crime and Law Series’, by the School of Law, University of Derby, 4 November 2010.

Awan I, Blakemore F B, and Simpson K., ‘Policing the Muslim Community in Cardiff’ Plenary Speaker, Higher  Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing, University of Central Lancashire, 7 September 2010.

Awan, I. ‘The Internet, Extremism and Radicalisation’, Paper presented at the Annual British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester, July 2010.

Awan I, Blakemore F B, and Simpson K., ‘Would a ‘professional’ police force attract more minority ethnic recruits from the Muslim and Hindu community? A focus on the organisational perspective’, Paper presented at the Universities Police Sciences Institute Conference, Policing and Community Safety after the Recession in Wales, 21 May 2010, Cardiff University.

Awan, I. ‘Factors Contributing to Radicalisation in the UK’, Invited Participant, Ministry of Defence, Open Symposium, June 2010.

Awan, I. ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’, Invited Participant, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, The Home Office, Research Seminar, London, March 2010.

Awan, I. ‘The Debate about the Internet, Extremism and Cyber-Terrorism’, Paper presented to the World Congress of Criminology Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 2008.Awan, I. (2013)

Policy Papers

The Impact of Islamophobic hate on Muslim men and Muslim women, submitted and presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, The Houses of Parliament.

Anti-Muslim Hate and Woolwich, submitted and presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, The Houses of Parliament.

Awan, I and Zempi, I (2015) Online and Offline Experiences of Anti-Muslim Hostility, A Project for Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks).

Awan, I. (2014) Briefing Paper: Islamophobia on Social Media, submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia

Awan, I. (2014) Briefing Paper: Trojan Horse, submitted to the Cross Working Group on Islamophobia.

Media

Imran has appeared both on TV and radio participating in current debates that are affecting the Muslim community. He has appeared on Channel 4 News, ITV and BBC News discussing the Prevent Agenda and the impact upon Muslim communities. Moreover his work has been reported on at great length by a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, Channel 4 News, ITV, BBC News, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and the Independent to name but a few.

Op-eds and popular press articles

New York Times

Refugees should be welcomed, New York Times, 2016

Stop blaming Refugees, New York Times, 2015

Channel 4 News

The Trojan Horse Saga, Channel 4 News

The Guardian

On September 11, I have a question for Tony Blair’, 11 September
 
US drone attacks are further radicalising Pakistan’, 2 June

Muslim woman doused in alcohol’, 2015

The Independent

‘What does Islamophobia feel like?’ 2016

‘The UK’s far-right are using is using the Islamic State’, 2015

What Martin Luther King taught me about extremism’, 29 August

‘Blocking accounts isn't enough - Twitter needs a button to allow users to report online hate’, 29 July

New Statesman

‘A walk into town to defy the English Defence League’, 21 July

Channel 4 are right to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer’, 2 July 

Middle Eastern Eye

‘Muslim Prisoner Radicalisation’, 2016

‘The Social Network of Hate’, 2016

The National, 2016

The Huffington Post

State Terrorism in Egypt Must Stop', 21 August

‘India's Chief Minister Modi Invited to the UK but With Blood on His Hands’ 16 August

‘Why Does France Have a Problem With Islamophobia?’, 13 August

‘Police Stop and Search Powers Target Black and Ethnic Minority Communities’, 10 July

Anti-Islamic Hate Should be Banned’ 28 June

The Huffington Post

Al Jazeera

‘How not to fight Extremism in the UK’, 19 June

Al Jazeera

Salon

‘Law Used to Detain David Miranda Frequently Targets Muslims’, 20 August

The Conversation

Qatada Saga has eroded our commitment to Human Rights', 9 July

‘What does Islamophobia feel like?’ 2016

You’ve got hate mail, 2015

The Tribune

‘Cyber Extremists’ 3 June

Media Work

Imran Awan is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Extremism
  • Islamophobia
  • Security
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Policing

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
email press@bcu.ac.uk or via Twitter @BCUPressOffice