Ajmal Hussain is Research Fellow in Sociology where he is leading a strand of research with young Muslims as part of the Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality project (DARE) funded under the EU H2020 Research and Innovation programme (http://www.dare-h2020.org/).
Ajmal’s book in progress, tentatively titled Urban Rituals documents the emergence of Muslim vernacular culture through analysis of the interaction between the material, social, and narrative life of the inner city. It makes use of work in the areas of affect, infrastructure and assemblage to develop a new theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between multiculture and faith in everyday urban life.
Ajmal’s broader research is in the areas of urban and cultural sociology. His interests in urbanism include: cities, migration and settlement, inequalities and public space. In cultural sociology his research focuses on: histories of race and racism, emerging forms of religious and cultural identity among BrAsian youth, and the aesthetics of contemporary urban Muslim youth cultures.
He has held visiting fellowships at LSE Cities and the Aston Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture.
Ajmal has also worked in the public sector developing and evaluating social, economic and regeneration policy across a number of functions within central and local government including: Overview and Scrutiny, Executive, Local Strategic Partnerships and the Third Sector.