Professor Ahmad joined Middlesex University in 2004, from his role as Chief Social Scientist at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. His previous academic posts were at universities in Yorkshire:
As Chief Social Scientist, he was accountable for circa £34M of research funding and for directly commissioned research in urban policy, planning, housing, local government, fire safety and neighbourhood renewal. Professor Ahmad has extensive experience of working on research - policy interface.
No longer engaged in teaching. Contributions have been made to or were reproduced in significant student texts including:
Darr, Aamra and Small, Neil and Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Atkin, Karl and Corry, Peter and Modell, Bernadette (2015) Addressing key issues in the consanguinity-related risk of autosomal recessive disorders in consanguineous communities: lessons from a qualitative study of British Pakistanis. Journal of Community Genetics . ISSN 1868-310X
Chattoo, Sangeeta and Atkin, Karl and Dyson, Simon Martin and Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Anionwu, Elizabeth N. (2014) Living with Sickle Cell or Beta Thalassaemia Trait: implications for identity and social life: summary of research findings for health and social care professionals. Project Report. University of York.
Kelaher, M. and Paul, Sheila and Lambert, Helen and Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Paradies, Yin and Davey Smith, George (2008) Discrimination and health in an English study. Social Science and Medicine, 66 (7). pp. 1627-1636. ISSN 0277-9536
Sardar, Ziauddin (2012) Religion and public space. In: Muslims in Britain: making social and political space. Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin, eds. Routledge. ISBN 9780415594714
Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin (2012) Creating a society of sheep? British Muslim elite on mosques and imams. In: Muslims in Britain: making social and political space. Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin, eds. Routledge. ISBN 9780415594714
Professor Ahmad has held circa £5M in funded grants and contracts. His funders include the ESRC, the EPSRC, Department of Health, various national and regional NHS R&D programmes, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the British Heart Foundation, the National Lottery, among others. Current and recent grants include: