Ms Arzu Merali heads the research section at the Islamic Human Rights Commission. She is author and co-author of a number of publications on Islamophobia, including ‘Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK’ (2015), ‘Only Canadian: The Experience of Hate Moderated Differential Citizenship for Muslims’ (2014), ‘Once Upon A Hatred: Muslim Experiences in the USA’ (2013) and ‘France and the Hated Society’ (2012). She was project co-ordinator and co-author of six reports funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation between 2004 – 2007 on British Muslims’ Expectations of the Government.
She recently joined the editorial board at Amrit Publishers. Her research interests include human rights, gender, (anti)racism, Islamophobia and critical legal theory. Her academic background includes degrees and postgraduate degrees in English Literature (BA Hons and MA Hons Cantab) and International Relations (MA Hons, Kent) and a postgraduate diploma in law (PgDip Nottingham Trent).