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Professor Harris Beider

Professor in Community Cohesion and Head of Social Relations

My Research Vision

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.


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.



  • Bridging community division: Building grassroots solutions to integration: Innovative project bringing together perspectives, and building alliances between, British Muslims and white working class communities in NE London. Funded by Open Society Foundations.
  • Community Cohesion: Retrospective and Prospective: A seminar series reviewing the role of community cohesion as a concept and engaging with academic, activists and policy makers. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Community Revitalization in the United States and the United Kingdom: An innovative 12-month program of work to compare approaches to community revitalization, community cohesion and sustainable neighbourhoods in cities across both countries. In partnership with the Urban Institute in the US. Funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
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Professor in Community Cohesion and Head of Social Relations

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