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I am Research Fellow in British Muslim Studies at Cardiff University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.  I am a mixed methods (QUANT-QUAL) researcher. My research interests include labour market inequalities, migration, and the everyday lives of British Muslims.  

I completed my PhD as a Jameel Scholar at the Islam-UK Centre in 2018. My doctoral research examined the reasons behind high levels of economic inactivity among Muslim women in Britain using  mixed methods which included a statistical analysis and qualitative research.

I have been affiliated with the Islam-UK Centre since 2008, having worked as a researcher on two of the Centre’s past research projects: Religious Nurture in Muslim Families, and the Social Cohesion and Civil Law Project - both funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme.

In my current role, I lead a project team developing an online course (MOOC) on ‘Understanding Muslim Mental Health’. Generously funded by the Jameel Research Programme, this project aims to facilitate better understandings of experiences of mental health illness among health professionals and religious pastoral care providers who work in contexts of British Muslim communities (e.g. mental health nurses, imams, chaplains, counsellors).

Between 2020-21 I worked in the Department of Sociological Studies at The University of Sheffield, as a post-doctoral research associate on  the ‘Everyday Bordering’ project. Working as part of a research team, I conducted co-produced and ethnographic research on the impact of the hostile environment on the work of social care practitioners with migrant families.

Alongside my academic research experience, I have worked as a freelance research consultant on a number of practice and policy based projects for public and third sector organisations.


Honours and awards

  • 2013 - awarded Jameel scholarship for Ph.D. study
  • 2012 – awarded scholarship to study for MSc. in Social Change at the Institute of Social Change, Manchester University

Professional memberships

  • Member of British Sociological Association (Sociology of Religion sub-group)
  • Member of Muslims in Britain Research Network
  • Member of the European Sociological Association

Academic positions

2021 - Present, Research Fellow in British Muslim Studies, Cardiff University

March 2020-April 2021. Department of Sociological Studies, The University of Sheffield. Post-doctoral Research Assistant: Everyday Bordering in the UK Project: the impact of the hostile environment on social care practitioners and the families with whom they work

September 2019-January 2020. Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Year 1 undergraduate module: ‘Making Sense of Society’

September 2014-June 2015. School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Graduate Teaching Assistant, lecturing and seminar teaching Year 2 undergraduate module: ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Migration

July 2011-February 2012. School for Policy Studies, Bristol University. Research Assistant, Confidential Inquiry into the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

July 2010-June 2011. Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University. Research Associate, Social Cohesion and Religious Courts Project

April 2008-July 2010. School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Research Assistant. Religious Nurture in Muslim Families Project

June 2007-April 2008. School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Research Assistant, Learning as Work Project

Freelance Research Experience

February 2020-April 2020: Literature Review: academic literature on  mental health experiences and interventions for British Muslims. Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University

February 2019 – April 2019. Evaluation of Fostering Wellbeing Programme. CASCADE Research Centre, Cardiff University

March 2019 – June 2019. Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment Project in  a Greater Manchester Local Authority. Policy Intelligence

January 2012 – April  2012. Digital Storytelling Project: Muslim Childhoods in Cardiff. Cardiff University and Glamorgan University

May 2011-June 2012. Protecting Black and Minority Ethnic Children:  An Investigation of Child Protection Interventions.  The Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO) and Cardiff University

February 2011-May 2011. Torfaen Complex Families Project. Kafka Brigade UK

April 2010 – Dec 2010. Changing Lifestyles Project Evaluation

Committees and reviewing

Executive Committee Member for the Muslims in Britain Research Network

Co-chair of Covid Realities Reflection Group (qualitative research methods), Department of Sociological Studies, The University of Sheffield. November 2020-April 2021.

 Peer reviewer for

  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Ethnicities
  • Children and Families Series, Bristol University Press


Undergraduate Teaching

I will deliver two guest lectures on the ‘Living Islam’, level-5 module for Year 2 Religious and Theological Studies students during the Autumn Semester of 2021.

I have delivered a number of guest lectures relating to socio-economic inequalities among British Muslims for undergraduate courses at both Cardiff University and The University of Sheffield.



Walsh, J. and Khan, A. (2020) Collaborative research: the potential of COVID contingencies. Sociological Studies Research Blog, September 2020.


Scourfield, J., Gilliat-Ray, S., Khan, A. and Otri, S. 2017. Learning to be a Muslim. In: Strhan, A., Parker, S. G. and Ridgely, S. B. eds. The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood. Bloomsbury, pp. 123-130.


Douglas, G., Doe, N., Sandberg, R., Gilliat-Ray, S., and Khan, A. 2014. In: Religious Divorce in England and Wales: Religious Tribunals in Action. Shah, P. et al. eds. Family, Religion and Law: Cultural Encounters in Europe. London: Ashgate.


Scourfield, J., Gilliat-Ray, S., Khan, A. and Otri, S. 2013. Muslim Childhood: Religious Nurture in a European Context.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Scourfield, J., Warden, R., Gilliat-Ray, S. and Khan, A. 2013. Religious nurture in British Muslim families: Implications for social work. International Social Work 56(3), pp.326-342.

Sandberg, R., Douglas, G., Doe, N., Gilliat-Ray., S and Khan, A. 2013.  Britain's Religious Tribunals: "Joint Governance" in Practice. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 33(2), pp. 263-291.


Khan, A. et al. 2012. Reflections on Qualitative Research with Muslim Families. Fieldwork in Religion 7(1), pp. 48-69.

Chimba, M., De Villiers, T., Davey, D. and Khan, A. 2012. Protecting Black and Minority Ethnic Children: An Investigation of Child Protection Interventions. Available at:


Douglas, G, Doe, N, Gilliat-Ray, S, Russell, S. and Khan, A. 2011.  Marriage and Divorce in Religious Courts: A Case Study. Family Law September (2011) 41, pp. 956-961.

Douglas, G., Doe, N., Gilliat-Ray, S., Russell, S. and Khan, A. 2011.  Social Cohesion and Civil Law: Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts:  Report of a Research Study funded by the AHRC.June 2011.  Available at:


Khan, A. et al.  2008. The Prawn Sandwich Will Live Forever:  Learning to Innovate in Commercial Sandwich Production’, Learning as Work Research Paper, No. 17, May 2008.  Available at:


Conference Papers

Khan, A. and Walsh, J. Reimagining Borders: The limitations and possibilities of everyday practice interactions. 07/05/2021. Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association (online).

Khan, A. 2018. Migration, Marriage and Motherhood: Understanding the Economic Inactivity of Pakistani Women in Britain. 30/01/2018. CoDE Seminar, CMIST, University of Manchester.

Khan, A. 2017. Intersections of Religion Gender and Migrant Status in areas of high Muslim and co-ethnic density. 01/09/2017. Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens.

Khan, A. 2017. Reflections on Establishing and Maintaining Fieldwork Relationships As An Insider-Outsider Within a British Muslim Community. 25/04/2017. Postgraduate Research Methods Workshop, University of Cambridge.      

Khan, A. 2017. Experiences of Second Generation British Muslim Women in Education in the 70’s and 80’s.   12/04/2017. BRAIS Annual Conference, Chester University.

Khan, A. 2017. The experiences of first and second generation Pakistani women in areas of high Muslim and co-ethnic density. 29/03/2018. MBRN Annual Conference, Leeds University.

Khan, A. 2016. The Economic Inactivity of Muslim Women in Britain: Measuring the Impact of Religiosity and Social Capital 26/08/2016. Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague

Khan, A. 2012. Protecting BME Children: An Investigation of Child Protection Interventions.  British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Conference.  Queens University Belfast, 16th April 2012.

Khan, A. and Gilliat-Ray, S. 2011. Religious Courts and Religious Communities.  Britain’s Religious Courts – A Symposium. 18/05/2011. Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University.

Khan, A. 2010. Critical Reflections on Researching Religious Nurture. 29/03/2010. Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion Conference, AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme and Norface Religion Programme,  London.

Khan, A and Scourfield, J. 2010.  Muslim Childhood.  Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK Public Lecture Series. 07/03/2010. Cardiff University,

Khan, A. 2008. Inter-generational Transmission of Religion in British Muslims. Encounters and Intersections: Religion, Diaspora and Ethnicities Conference. 11/072008.St Catherine’s College, Oxford.