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Harris is Chair in Community Cohesion and Head of Social Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. Previously he was Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Executive Director of the Federation of Black Housing Organisations. His main research interests are focused on race, communities and public policy at the national and international level. Harris has led national and international research projects funded by foundations in the UK, US and Asia; published widely including three books, two research monographs and numerous articles. His work has been featured in The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and BBC TV and national radio. Harris is Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York City and Senior Fellow at Hedayah – the global centre of excellence in countering violent extremism, Abu Dhabi.

Research Interests

Race, identity and community engagement

Vision Statement

My research and interests are driven by personal experiences of growing up in an inner city, multicultural neighbourhood and later working with people and organisations to create a better society. It appeared then, as now, that national political debates on identity, immigration and race seemed to be contradictory to the reality of people who lived in my neighbourhood, went to school or were to become my work colleagues.

To this end, academic research for me is not about being esoteric and inaccessible, nor being detached from reality but putting forward progressive, radical and practical solutions that influence public policy change.

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working class Social Sciences
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social change Social Sciences
need for care Social Sciences
ethnic structure Social Sciences
common knowledge Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2017

The Other America: White working class views on belonging, change, identity and immigration

Beider, H., Harwood, S. & Chahal, K. 1 Oct 2017 Coventry: Coventry University. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

working class
national politics
multicultural society
working class
common knowledge

Whiteness, Class and Grassroots Perspectives on Social Change and Difference

Beider, H. Oct 2014 In : Political Quarterly. 85, 3, p. 333-339

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
working class
social change
need for care
ethnic structure
multicultural society

Identities: fluid or fixed

Beider, H. 2010 Public Service Futures Research Report Volume 5: The future of identity and belonging. London: OPM, p. 19-22

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2003 2015

  • 12 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity

Cities, Race and Gentrification

Beider, H. (Co-convenor)
22 Jun 201523 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Diverse or Divided conference

Beider, H. (Organising Committee)
2 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Whose City? Gentrification and Cultural Change in Cities Symposium

Beider, H. (Co-convenor)
17 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Doing Citizenship in Multicultural and Multifaith Societies Conference

Beider, H. (Speaker)
18 Dec 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

ENHR Conference

Beider, H. (Speaker)
4 Jul 20107 Jul 2010

Activity: Participation in conference