MEET THE TEAM

Alison is Professor of Society and Belief and Associate Director of Research (Impact and Engagement) at SOAS, University of London. In 2019 she and her research team completed a three year AHRC grant to analyse representations of Islam and Muslims on university campuses (2015-18). Data from this research show clearly the damaging effects of Prevent, the counter security policy. This complements her work on free speech on campus and pathways to securitisation. In early 2019 she was commissioned by the government to work with Muslim community groups and improve young Muslims’ access into higher education (UMSEP).

She speaks on BBC Radio 4, 5live, Times Radio and Radio Wales and writes for the Guardian and several higher education blogs. Alison applies modern philosophy (Ricoeurian) to social justice issues. She gave evidence in 2017 to the Joint Committee on Human Rights about free speech on campus and in 2019 she was invited to No. 10 Downing Street to brief advisors on her AHRC team’s research findings. She is also conducting a deep mapping of curricula and extracurricular provision for Jewish and Israeli studies in the Bloomsbury universities, to establish excellence, gaps and room for improvement.

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Rob Faure Walker is Senior Researcher on the SOAS Influencing Corridors of Power Project and convenes the monthly Prevent Digest. He has interests in Critical Realism, Critical Discourse Analysis, and policy engagement. He has been researching counter-extremism since seeing its negative impact on relationships between teachers and students while working as a teacher in East London. His book on the Emergence of “Extremism” will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. 

Senior Research Fellow
Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer
Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer

Katie O’Reilly-Boyles has just completed the Ambitious Futures Graduate scheme, which began in  September 2019. As part of this, she has been working across Communications and Public Affairs, Access and Participation, Planning and is currently situated in Knowledge Exchange, which is where she will continue in her role going forward. She currently works on various projects as well as iCoP including Research Communications, Public Engagement (including events and SOAS Radio) along with Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise activity.

She is a SOAS alumna from 2014 and is currently undertaking a part-time Masters at the Institute of Education. She also sits on the Board of Governors for a school in the Eko Trust.

Research Assistant

Hasan Pandor is a current SOAS MA student, with considerable teaching, editing and team-working expertise, including as a SOAS research assistant on an MHCLG-funded research project.

Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Lottie helps out across all areas of ICOP. Before this, she studied Theology at both Bristol University and Oxford, where she focused on Brexit, class and identity politics. Alongside her role at ICOP, she works for a policy institute focusing on UK health and gender inequality.Lottie helps out across all areas of ICOP. Before this, she studied Theology at both Bristol University and Oxford, where she focused on Brexit, class and identity politics. Alongside her role at ICOP, she works for a policy institute focusing on UK health and gender inequality.

Research Assistant
Rana is a PhD researcher in the SOAS School of Law focusing on the legal conception of political justice in socio-political ruptures triggered by popular uprisings in Africa & the Middle East region. Her research interests include law and social movements, political accountability and transparency, comparative politics.
Research Assistant

John Holmwood is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Nottingham and senior researcher in the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Science. He was formerly president of the British Sociological Association (2012-2014) and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2014-15). He is the author (with Therese O’Toole) of Countering Extremism in British Schools? The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair (Policy Press 2018) and (with Gurminder K. Bhambra) of Colonialism and Modern Social Theory (Polity 2021). Personal website

Nina Arif is a freelance journalist who completed her MSc in International Politics at SOAS University in 2019. She has written for the international journal Critical Hermeneutics on How the British Media Dehumanises Migrants in the Context of the Syrian Civil War. Nina has produced work for various media outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera and Middle East Eye. She also produced video features for BBC Arabic while living and working in the Middle East for eight years.

Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Nina Arif is a freelance journalist who completed her MSc in International Politics at SOAS University in 2019. She has written for the international journal Critical Hermeneutics on How the British Media Dehumanises Migrants in the Context of the Syrian Civil War. Nina has produced work for various media outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera and Middle East Eye. She also produced video features for BBC Arabic while living and working in the Middle East for eight years.

Postdoctoral Researcher

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