PRESS RELEASE: “Faith in the City: communities | regeneration | interaction”

What role can faith play in building a better Birmingham? Local people are invited to take part in an exciting event to discuss the role faith can play in building cohesive communities in Birmingham. “Faith in the city: communities, regeneration, interaction” brings together academics from the University of Birmingham with representatives from Birmingham’s faith communities… Read More PRESS RELEASE: “Faith in the City: communities | regeneration | interaction”

New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’

I have today published a short report – aimed primarily at those working at the community level – that brings together a range of different Muslim voices from across Birmingham and the West Midlands in an attempt to better understand and explain the riots and more so, the actions and response of Muslims in the… Read More New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’

New Publication: ‘The West Midlands’ Changing Population’

The West Midlands Regional Observatory (WMRO) has today published a series of new policy reports as part of its work on State of the Region Thematic Dialogues. The reports are entitled: What makes a sustainable community?; The West Midlands’ changing population; The importance of innovation in a changing economy; and West Midlands’ knowledge economy Of… Read More New Publication: ‘The West Midlands’ Changing Population’

Beyond Statistically Challenged: ‘Changing Populations’ conference at the West Midlands Regional Observatory

Below is a transcript of a paper that I presented at the West Midlands Regional Observatory conference, ‘Changing Populations’ on Tuesday 31st March 2009. When considering issues of equality and diversity, it is very easy to get sidelined by statistics. This event today is not only about looking at the statistics of today but also… Read More Beyond Statistically Challenged: ‘Changing Populations’ conference at the West Midlands Regional Observatory

Cockney Reject: Celebrating 19 Years in the West Midlands

This weekend marks the 19th anniversary of my relocation to the West Midlands: first arriving in Stourbridge on the first weekend of January 1990. How things have changed..!!?? Since 1990 I’ve had three children, got married (and subsequently divorced), had various jobs (from working in a UCI Cinema through stockbroking for Charles Schwab to co-authoring… Read More Cockney Reject: Celebrating 19 Years in the West Midlands