Leeds Trinity University scholars receive £50,000 funding from Research England – FE News
Leeds Trinity University has received £50,000 from Research England as part of its Policy Support Fund (PSF).
PSF grants are used for research that supports evidence-based policymaking, with projects expected to focus on contributing to policy change, whether at a regional or national level or with an international organization.
The money awarded to Leeds Trinity University will be used to fund research projects by academics within the institution, including Dr Madeline-Sophie Abbas who will look into the fight against terrorism and its impact on British Muslims.
Dr Abbas, a lecturer in sociology, criminology and policing at Leeds Trinity University, will use part of the funding to conduct his study titled A review of related prevention and counter-terrorism measures and their impact on the citizenship experiences of British Muslims.
Dr Abbas will explore the delivery of Prevent, a key part of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, and discuss how proposed policy and legislative changes to combat terrorism could impact the citizenship experiences of British Muslims.
As part of his research, Dr Abbas will interview government officials involved in policy-making, including those engaged in key government organisations, as well as West Yorkshire Police officers involved in the fight against terrorism.
This research builds on Dr Abbas’ earlier work on the impact of counter-terrorism measures on British Muslims in Leeds and Bradford, which led to the publication of his recent book Terror and dynamism of Islamophobia in the 21st Century Britain: the gothic concentration camp (Palgrave, 2021).
Dr Abbas said: ‘I am really excited about the project and hope it will be a great opportunity to raise the profile of research at Leeds Trinity University and contribute to important discoveries and the sharing of best practices on contemporary challenges related to counter-terrorism, policing and citizenship.
Professor Karen Sayer, Head of Research at Leeds Trinity University, said: “I am delighted that we have received this additional funding from Research England to help our researchers make a real difference.
“The nature of the funding means subsequent research is focused on policy change, and this gives our scholars a chance to make an impact with their projects.
“Dr. Abbas’s research is particularly important in the context of Leeds Trinity’s values of equality, diversity and inclusion, and I look forward to seeing the results of his study.”
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