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Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (CTPSR)
Faith and Peaceful Relations

 Contact details
Contact personDr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Research Fellow in Faith & Peace 
StreetPuma Way 
Address Coventry - CV1 2TL (United Kingdom) 
Phone+44 (0)24 7765 1183 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Religion Studies
» Theology
» Cultural Heritage
» Anthropology
» Cultural studies
» Ethnic studies
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Sociology

 Brief description of your activity focus
Feminism, British Islam, Intercommunity Relations, Inter-religious understanding and Digital Methodologies

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
I am a Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations,
Coventry University, UK. I specialise in the Sociology of Religion with particular emphasis on democratic research
methodologies that work with and for research participants, to capture the nuance and complexity of societal
diversity, pluralism and everyday lived experiences of religion or belief. There are four strands to my scholarship,
all of which address people’s everyday lived experiences of religion or belief (including non-religious beliefs):
1. Sociology of Islam in Britain
2. Faith and Feminism
3. Religious plurality in Britain and social policy
4. Digital methodologies in the sociology of religion or belief

I am the author of Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah (Routledge 2012), co-author of Religion or
Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts (Bloomsbury 2013) and Islamic Education in Britain:
New Pluralist Paradigms (Bloomsbury 2015) and co-editor Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion
(Bloomsbury 2015).
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Major Funded Projects

“Muslim Women in Britain c. 1890 to 1948: Historical Grounding for Modern Debates”. BA/Leverhulme Small Grant (Apr
2016 – Sep 201) £9222.50
Principal Investigator: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor

“Re/presenting Islam on campus: gender, radicalisation and interreligious understanding in British higher education”.
AHRC Research Grant. (Oct 2016 – Sep 2018) £568,727
Principal Investigator: Prof A Scott-Baumann (SOAS); Named Research Fellow: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor

“Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks”. ESRC funded
‘Follow-on’ Project. (Sep 2012 – Aug 2013) £76, 296
Principal Investigator: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor, directing a 2-strong team of CoI & Administrator

“Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice (2000-2010)”.
AHRC/ESRC ‘Religion and Society’ Programme. (Jan 2010 – Apr 2013) £399,946
Principal Investigator: Prof P Weller; Project Researcher: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor

“Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion” ESRC Digital Social research (DSR) Programme (Jul 2012 - Dec
2012) £2575 + match funding from University of Derby
Principal Investigator: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor, Co-I: Dr S Shakkour

“Review of Muslim Faith Leader Training in Britain” Department of Communities and Local Government funding (Aug
2008 – Oct 2010) £159,850
Principal Investigator: Prof A Scott-Baumann; Research Assistant: Dr S Cheruvallil-Contractor

“Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah” University of Gloucestershire PhD Studentship (May 2007 – April
2010) £63,000 (circa fees and cost of living)
PhD Supervisors: Prof A Scott-Baumann, Dr M MacLean, Dr R Jennings

Other funding awards and consultancy

2015-2016 International Fellowship award from Coventry University and hosted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences
in Mumbai (TISS) India to study urban women’s Sufism. £4790

2014 Research Grant as Co-Investigator: University of Derby research grant -Interfaith Capacity at the University of
Derby £4948

2014 “Interfaith Capacity at the University of Derby” University of Derby ‘RLTF’ Grant. Co-I with A Scott-Baumann as
PI £4948

2015 Support-in-kind: Human Rights Consortium, University of London, Support in kind to organise BRAIS Annual
Conference £13,750 (circa)

2014 “Islamic Studies Pedagogy in Britain: Interrogating the Secular and the Sacred” HEA Seminar Grant. PI with A
Scott-Baumann as Co-I. £750

2013 “Evaluation of PREVENT funded community projects” Derby City Council Funded Consultancy Project with T
Hooley. £10,000

2011-2012 “Arabic Language and Islam Studies” HEA Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies grant
with A Scott-Baumann. £3000

2010-2011 “Encouraging Muslim Women into Education” HEA Islamic Studies Network grant with A Scott-Baumann.

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