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I completed a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2004 and between 2006 -2011 I held the position of a Research Fellow and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham. In 2012 I was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham for my research on the impact of the ‘War on Terror’ on British Muslims, specifically focusing on their experiences and perceptions of the state, the police and Islamic identity. I am currently a Lecturer in Criminology; a Research Associate for Salzburg Global Organisation, University of Salzburg Austria and a Research Associate for the Independent Academic Research Studies Institute. I have been invited to Home Office conferences pertaining to the War on Terror, including a recent conference on the Syria Conflict and taught on the Masters programme in Alpbach Austria on the ‘War on Terror’ and Muslims.  

Teaching

I teach on a range of different modules including Issue in State Crime, The Criminological Imagination and Researching Crime and Justice. 

I am interested in supervising PhD’s in terrorism studies, the war on terror, Islamic Identity and Policing.

Research

I was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham for my research on the impact of the ‘War on Terror’ on British Muslims, specifically focusing on their experiences and perceptions of the state, the police and Islamic identity. I am currently developing research around the role of emotions in the radicalisation process; assessing the role of overseas visits in the radicalisation process and exploring non state centric ways to counter terrorism and reduce the risk of ISIS. 

I am interested in supervising PhD’s in terrorism studies, the ‘war on terror’, Islamic identity and policing.

Conferences

  • Ahmed, S (2013) ‘The impact of the ‘war on terror’ on Birmingham’s Pakistani / Kashmiri Muslims’ perceptions of the state, the police and Islamic identities’. The Applied Social Science Research Group:  Buckinghamshire New University
  • Organised ‘Grey Side of the Sky’, Funded by Institute of Diversity, Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS): Bucks’ New University (2013)
  • Ahmed, S (2014) ‘Moving beyond the restrictions of criminology: Critical perspectives and non-state centricism in the 'war on terror'. Western Society of Criminology Conference: Hawaii  
  • Ahmed, S (2014) ‘The impact of the ‘war on terror’ on cosmopolitan forms of belonging’. New Talking Ideas, Mobile and Rooted Worlds: Buckinghamshire New University

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.