Professor Harris Beider

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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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021