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Dr Rumy Hasan

Post:Senior Lecturer (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
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 I am a senior lecturer at SPRU, University of Sussex, in Brighton, UK. My core specialism (following a doctorate in transition economics at Oxford in 1994) was the political economy of the former Eastern bloc countries. Later, I began to teach and research the East Asian economies, including China; and also transnational corporations. But since the events of 7/7 2005, my work has focused more on issues relating to multiculturalism, multifaithism, and social cohesion; and the nexus between religion (especially Islam) identity, and society. I am also interested in the rise of Islamic radicalism and how it can be tackled.

Hailing from a South Asian Islamic background with parents who left India for Pakistan soon after partition, the bulk of my upbringing was in Scotland and the North East of England. Hostile to sectarianism, I stress the vital importance of secularism and humanism in bringing people from different backgrounds together and, accordingly, I have become highly critical of the separatism and separate identities that have arisen under policies inherent in multiculturalism and multifaithism. This new direction in my work has resulted in two books (which set out my core ideas):

I am presently writing papers and a book on the impact of religion and development


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