Dr Chris Allen
Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham

Chris Allen is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham.

For the past decade, Chris has been at the forefront of research into Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate culminating in the publication of his first book, “Islamophobia” by Ashgate in 2010. He was also the co-author of the seminal EUMC report into Islamophobia in Europe after 9/11 and has published extensively in the UK as also Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland among others.

As well as appearing regularly in the media, Chris has until recently also been supporting the British Government in an independent advisory role on matters relating to Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate. He has also submitted various pieces of written and oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia,

As well as Islamophobia his other research interests include the role of religion in the contemporary public and political spaces as also a range of social issues associated with diversity and multiculturalism.

He is originally from London, is married with three children and is a lifelong fan of both Morrissey and Millwall Football Club.