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:

  • Professor of Primary Care Research and Director, Centre for Research in Primary Care, University of Leeds
  • Director, Ethnicity and Social Policy Research Unit, University of Bradford
  • Senior Research Fellow and Programme Director, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
  • Lecturer and previously researcher at University of Bradford

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.

Languages spoken

  • English - fluent
  • Urdu - fluent
  • Punjabi - fluent

No longer engaged in teaching. Contributions have been made to or were reproduced in significant student texts including:

  • Atkin K and Ahmad WIU (2000) 'Pumping iron: compliance with chelation therapy among young people who have thalassaemia major', Sociology of Health and Illness 22(4): 500-24. Reprinted in S Nettleton and U Gustafsson (eds) (2002) Sociology of Health and Illness Reader, Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Harrison S and Ahmad WIU (2000) 'Medical autonomy and the UK state 1975 to 2025', Sociology 34(1). Invited contribution to the Millennium issue. Reprinted in S Nettleton and U Gustafsson (eds) (2002) Sociology of Health and Illness Reader, Cambridge: Polity Press; and G Scambler (ed) (2004)Medical Sociology: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare, Vol 4, London: Routledge (ISBN 0415317797)
  • Walker, R and Ahmad, WIU (1994) 'Windows of opportunity in rotting frames? Service providers' perspectives on community care and the black population'. Critical Social Policy, Issue 40: 46-69 (adopted as set reading for the Open University level 3 course Family Life and Social Policy (D311), Offprints. part 2).
  • Ahmad WIU and Craig G (1997) 'Race' and social welfare', in Alcock P, Erskine A and May M (Eds) The Students' Companion to Social Policy, Oxford: Blackwell (Craig and Ahmad, revised paper in the 2nd edition)
  • Ahmad WIU (1999) 'Ethnicity and statistics: better than nothing or worse than nothing?', in Dorling D and Simpson S (Eds) Statistics in Society, London: Edward Arnold.
  • Ahmad, WIU and Sheldon, T (1993) 'Race' and statistics', in Hammersley M (Ed) Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Practice, London: Sage (pp 27-33) (also in Radical Statistics, 48, 1991) (set reading for Open University, Masters course in research methods).
  • Ethnicity, health and social care - disability and caring; living with haemoglobin disorders; deafness and identity; living with a life threatening condition; interface between users-carers-services; notions of family obligations and informal care
  • British Muslims, identity and citizenship - most recently, work on British Muslim elites

Research Publications

Discrimination and health in an English study

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

Religion and public space

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

Creating a society of sheep? British Muslim elite on mosques and imams

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

Introduction

Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin (2012) Introduction. In: Muslims in Britain: making social and political space. Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin , eds. Routledge. ISBN 9780415594714

Examining the family-centred approach to genetic testing and counselling among UK Pakistanis: a community perspective

Darr, A. and Small, N. and Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Atkin, K. and Corry, P. and Benson, J. and Morton, R. and Modell, B. (2013) Examining the family-centred approach to genetic testing and counselling among UK Pakistanis: a community perspective. Journal of Community Genetics, 4 (1). pp. 49-57. ISSN 1868-310X

Muslims in Britain: making social and political space

Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Sardar, Ziauddin , eds. (2012) Muslims in Britain: making social and political space. Routledge. ISBN 9780415594714

The making and representation of Muslim identity in Britain: conversations with British Muslim elites

Ahmad, Waqar I. U. and Evergeti, Venetia (2010) The making and representation of Muslim identity in Britain: conversations with British Muslim elites. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (10). pp. 1697-1717. ISSN 0141-9870

Ethnicity and statistics: better than nothing or worse than nothing?

Ahmad, Waqar I. U. (1998) Ethnicity and statistics: better than nothing or worse than nothing? In: Statistics in society: the arithmetic of politics. Dorling, Daniel and Simpson, Stephen , eds. Arnold, London. ISBN 034071994x

Introduction [to edited volume 'Ethnicity, disability, and chronic illness']

Ahmad, Waqar I. U. (2000) Introduction [to edited volume 'Ethnicity, disability, and chronic illness']. In: Ethnicity, disability, and chronic illness. Ahmad, Waqar I. U. , ed. Race, health and social care . Open University P., Buckingham. ISBN 0335199836

Language, communication and information: the needs of parents caring for a severely disabled child

Chamba, Rampaul and Ahmad, Waqar I. U. (2000) Language, communication and information: the needs of parents caring for a severely disabled child. In: Ethnicity, disability, and chronic illness. Ahmad, Waqar I. U. , ed. Race, health and social care . Open University P., Buckingham. ISBN 0335199836

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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:

  • Karl Atkin, Simon Dyson, Waqar Ahmad and Elizabeth Anionwu 'Living with sickle cell or thalassaemia trait: implications for identity and social life', ESRC £200,000, 2 years from 2012 This study follows on from a number of previous studies conducted by Ahmad and Atkin, and Atkin and Dyson with outputs published in major journals including Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Health, British Journal of Social Work etc. Previous work has influenced NHS national policy on haemoglobin screening. This project focuses on the neglected issues of identity maintenance and social life choices made by those who are carriers for a haemoglobin disorder.
  • Aamra Darr, Waqar Ahmad with others 'Reducing the burden of autosomal recessive disorders', Department of Health £250,000, 30 months from 2005 This major project was a collaboration between social scientists (Darr, Ahmad, Small, Atkin) and a number of clinicians engaged in the management of autosomal recessive disorders. A key focus of the work was on the role of informal communication networks in understanding and responding to recessive disorders. A paper addressing family centred approach to genetic testing and counselling was published in Journal of Community Genetics (Darr et al 2012); other outputs are in preparation.
  • Academician, Academy of Social Sciences
  • Member, Hefce Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee (current)
  • Member, ESRC Understanding Society Strategic Advisory Committee; Chair of its Ethnicity Strand Committee (one of three sub-committees)
  • Trustee, Woolf Institute Cambridge (with Lord Harries, Lord Hameed, Lady Woolf, Professor Lipner FBA, Lord Blair and others)
  • Fellow, Muslim Institute (current)
  • Member (at various times) RCUK initiaives e.g. MRC's Protect, and National Prevention initiatives; ESRC's Race and Youth Justice, Science and Society, Large Grants, ESRC Centres Programme and other intiatives; involved in Director appointments for ESRC e-Society, Social Identity and Social Action, New Dynamics of Ageingprogrammes and Genomics Research Centre
  • Member various NHS R&D regional and national initiatives; Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Social Care and Disability Committee; National Lottery's Social Research funding panel
  • Chair, RCUK's £18M New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (to 2007)
  • Member, various Cabinet Office initiatives on research-policy interface, including 'Trying it out: the role of pilots in policy making', chaird by Sir Roger Jowell
  • Editorial Board Member Sociology of Health and Illness, Critical Public Health, Health and Social Care in the Community, Creative Industries Journal and Critical Muslim
  • Co-edited the Open University Press book series 'Race', Health and Social Care