Government-Muslim relations in Britain study

Since 9/11 British Muslims have faced considerable scrutiny in the media and from government agencies. This study is a part of a larger research program examining how British Muslims understand their relationship with the UK government and with their representatives.

British Muslims aged 18 and above are invited to participate. You can go to this link to find out more about the study and to complete a short (15 minute) survey.

Becoming a British Citizen study

The British Citizenship Test was introduced in 2005 as one of a raft of new initiatives
designed to address the perceived problems of integration and social cohesion in Britain. The new citizenship procedures suggest a controversial shift in
British political discourse about citizenship – particularly, the institutionalization of a
common British citizen identity that is intended to draw citizens together in a new form of political/national community (see Gray & Griffin, 2014, below).

I am currently conducting research with a community organization which supports people in preparing for the British Citizenship Test by providing English language and Life in the United Kingdom training. This research examines people’s own understandings of citizenship and what it means to be British. Research findings will be posted on this site so stay in touch.

In the coming months I and Debra Gray want to extend this study to other organisations involved in ‘citizenship preparation’. If you or your organization are interested, please get in touch.

There has been very little research on the British Citizenship Test. One paper you might find of interest is:

Gray, D., & Griffin, C. (2014). A journey to citizenship: Constructions of citizenship and identity in the British Citizenship Test. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 299-314. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12042

Research on Muslim participation in UK governance

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol have conducted a large-scale national project on modes and practices of state-Muslim engagement from 1997 onwards, in the areas of equalities, faith-sector governance and counter-terrorism. For more information on this project you can go to

Here is the link to the project report, Taking Part: Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance