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Professor Imran Awan is an author, academic and researcher who is exploring the role of crime and its impact on society and is advisor to the British Government on Hate Crimes. As a leading expert and commentator on hate crime, Islam, terrorism and cybercrime he writes for the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Independent, New Statesman and the New York Times. He continues to provide his expertise for leading News Media Channels such as Channel 4 News, ITV News, Al-Jazeera English and PBS America. His work has also featured on Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Panorama, BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day, TIME Magazine, BBC World at One and BBC 5Live.
Imran was appointed, as an advisor to the British Government on anti-Muslim hatred related issues and is passionate about helping society tackle issues related to counter-terrorism, hate crimes and Islamophobia. As well as advising politicians on how best to tackle issues related to hate crime and extremism, Imran has given written and oral evidence before a number of high profile committees, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee. In 2015, Imran was nominated for the prestigious national British Muslim Awards for Services to Research and Education.
He sits on the advisory group of a number of charities and organisations providing his expertise and consultancy. Imran is also the author of a number of books and academic journal papers. His new co-authored book – Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation is published by Policy Press.
Professor Awan has been appointed to the UK Government SAGE SPI-Bi Panel to look at behavioural aspects of tackling Covid-19.
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