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Dr Mohammed Yunis Alam

PositionSenior Lecturer
LocationPemberton P1.36
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursWednesdays and Thursdays, 13:00-14:00
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233178
Blog AddressVisit my blog

Research Interests (key words only)

Social Cohesion, multiculturalism and counter terrorism in the UK; automobility and identity; postcolonial literatures; South Asian Diasporas

PhD Supervision

  • Ifsa Hussain (Associate Supervisor)
  • Fiona Porter (Associate Supervisor)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Module Leader for:

  • Race and Ethnicity (Stage 2)
  • Popular Culture (Stage 2)
  • Dissertation Preparation (Stage 2)
  • Dissertation (Stage 3)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, Sociology
  • Co-Chair, Race Equality Staff Forum
  • Divisional Rep, Post Graduate (Research) Committee
  • Member Programme Leaders Forum


Yunis Alam is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bradford. He has particular interests in public sociology, ethnography, ethnic relations, consumption, popular culture and how these relate with and have an impact on identity. 

Study History

  • Workplace Mediator, 2016
  • PhD (Ethnographic Encounters and Literary Fictions). University Bradford, 2012
  • The Higher Education Academy, Fellow: 2007
  • The Higher Education Academy, Registered Practitioner: 2005
  • BSc South Asian Area Studies, University of Bradford, 2000. 1st Class Honours.

Professional History

Yunis has worked a range of contexts before entering academic life in 2000: he has been in sales, textile manufacturing and engineering. He is also a published novelist.

Professional Activities

Qualified University Workplace Mediator

Research Areas

Ethnic relations, consumption, radicalisation, social cohesion, multiculturalism, ethnography, public sociology.

Current Projects

I am presently exploring the significance and sociological understanding of car culture. I have given a number of high profile conference/seminar papers around the car, ethnicity and identity and also produced a research article exploring similar themes. Using research that has underpinned this work, I am developing a more intensive research project which looks at a range of interlinked issues, including consumption, taste, the performance of ‘race’ and racism in greater depth.

Research Collaborations

  • 2011: ‘Immigration, figuration, conflict.’ (DFG; with C. Husband, W. Heitmeyer and J. Huttermann)
  • 2008: ‘Trajectories of Change’ (AWYA/JRF; with C. Husband)


  • Project Advisor: ‘To Another's House: The Experience of Muslim Children Removed from Home’, CAFCASS.
  • Member of Runnymede Academic Forum


See Yunis' publications on Bradford Scholars.

Alam. Y. (2017) 'Automatic transmission: ethnicity, racialization and the car' in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

Husband, C., Alam. Y., Huettermann, J. and Fomina, J. (2016) Lived Diversities: Space, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city. Bristol: Policy Press.

Alam, Y. (2015) 'In-group identity and the challenges of ethnographic research' in Husband, C. (ed). Research and policy in ethnic relations: Compromised dynamics in a neoliberal era. Bristol: Policy Press.

Alam, Y. and Husband, C. (2013) ‘Islamophobia, community cohesion and counter-terrorism policies in Britain’, in Patterns of Prejudice, Special Issue: Social Cohesion and Social Change in Europe, 47 (3), pp235-252.

Alam, Y. (2013) ‘Hello, Jav, Got a new motor? Cars, (de)racialisation and Muslim identity’, in Alexander, C., Redclift, V., and Hussain, A. Runnymede Perspectives: The New Muslims. London: Runnymede.

Husband, C. and Alam, Y. (2012) ‘Naming, Landscaping and Historicity in ‘Reading’ Bradford's Mughal Garden’, Collegium: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 13, pp 93-114.

Husband, C. and Alam, Y. (2012) ‘Parallel Policies and Contradictory Practices: The Case of Social Cohesion and Counter-Terrorism in the United Kingdom’, Collegium: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 11 pp 136-156.

Alam, M. Y. (2012) ‘Write What You Know: Fictionalising everyday experience’ in Walker, E. (ed.) Teaching Creative Writing. Ely, Cambs.: NAWE.

Husband, C. and Alam, Y. (2011) Cohesion, Counter-Terrorism and Community: A policy contradiction? Bristol: Policy Press.

Alam, M. Y. (2011) The Invisible Village: Small World, Big Society. Pontefract: Route.

Alam, Y. (2011) ‘Social Cohesion and Counter Terrorism: the Duck Test on Prevent’, Soundings: Policy Matters for Muslims in Britain.

Alam, Y. (2010) ‘Beyond Race and Multiculturalism: Faulty by Design’, Soundings: Policy Matters for Muslims in Britain.

Simpson, L., Husband, C. and Alam, Y. (2009) ‘Recognizing Complexity, Challenging Pessimism: The Case of Bradford's Urban Dynamics’, Urban Studies, 46(9) pp1995-2001.

Alam, M. Y. (2007) Made in Bradford. Pontefract. Route.

Select literary publications

Alam, M. Y. Red Laal. Pontefract: Route (2012).

Alam, M. Y. ‘Five Barbers’, commission for National Short Story Day (2011).

Alam, M. Y. ‘Smokes and Dust’ in ‘Book at Bedtime’, Pontefract: Route (2010).

Alam, M. Y. ‘Finding Polish’, short film adaptation, Comma Films (2009).



  • End Racism public engagement event - 24 May 2014

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • End Racism public engagement event - 24 May 2014
  • Various public lectures, seminars and book launches.

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