University of Leeds Team

Prof. Ian Law is Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. His recent books include Post-Soviet Racisms (Palgrave 2017 with Zakharov), Caribbean Racisms (Palgrave 2015 with Tate), Mediterranean Racisms (Palgrave, 2014 with Jacobs, Kaj, Pagano and Sojka-Koirala), Racism, governance and public policy, beyond human rights (Routledge 2013 with Sian and Sayyid) and Red Racisms, racism in communist and post-communist contexts (Palgrave 2012). He is currently Director of the EU DJ Counter-Islamophobia Kit project and co-Director of the Swedish Research Council Principles and Practice in Approaches to Deracialisation project.

Prof. S. Sayyid is currently based at the University of Leeds, where he is a Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought. Previously, he has held academic positions in London, Manchester and Adelaide. Some of his major publications include: A Fundamental Fear (a book despite being banned by the Malaysian government is now in its third edition), A Postcolonial People (co-edited), Thinking Through Islamophobia and Recalling the The Caliphate.  Currently, Sayyid is leading a major inter-disciplinary research programme (Critical Muslim Studies) based on a dialogue between decolonial thought and the study of Muslims and Islam. This is a broad multi-fronted effort to develop a distinct inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Islam and Muslims.  As part of this research programme Sayyid founded a new international peer reviewed academic journal ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.  Sayyid’s publications have been translated into half dozen languages, and he is a frequent and regular contributor to international and national media.

Dr Amina Easat-Daas earned her PhD at Aston University, Birmingham UK and studied Muslim women’s political participation in France and Belgium. She is currently the Counter-Islamophobia Kit project officer and manages diverse aspects of the project. Her research interests include the study of Muslim women, Muslim youth, Islamophobia and countering-Islamophobia in Europe, ‘European-Islam’. In her capacity as an Islamophobia studies specialist, Dr Easat-Daas has worked in academia, for international think-tanks and non-governmental organisations. She has presented her research findings to the European Parliament and OSCE among others, and has appeared on national and international media numerous occasions to discuss anti-Muslim current affairs. Some of her publications include EASAT-DAAS, A. 2017. Gender and Islamophobia in Belgium, in AWAN, I. and ZEMPI, I.  (eds) Key Readings in Islamophobia. Oxford: Palgrave (forthcoming), and  EASAT-DAAS 2016. Islamophobia in Belgium: National Report 2016 In: BAYRAKLI, E. & HAFEZ, F. (eds.). Istanbul: SETA.

Prof. Iyiola Solanke is a Professor in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where she holds the Chair in EU Law and Social Justice. She is Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School and was a Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France in 2017. She researches and teaches on intersectionality, anti-discrimination law, social movements, judicial diversity, the CJEU and EU law. Her recent book, Discrimination as Stigma: A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law, was published by Hart in 2017. She is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple.

Dr Ilias Trispiotis joined the School of Law in September 2014. He holds a PhD and LLM (distinction) from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws, an LLB from the University of Athens and a PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from the UCL Institute of Education. His research expertise covers international and European human rights law, equality law, public law and legal theory. Dr Trispiotis’ work has appeared in leading academic journals, such as the Cambridge Law Journal, the Human Rights Law Review, the Columbia Journal of European Law, and the European Human Rights Law Review. Additionally, he is co-investigator in a major EU Commission DG Justice Action Grant (JUST/2015/RRAC/AG) on countering Islamophobia through the development of counter-narratives in several EU Member States. Before joining Leeds he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Teaching Fellow at UCL Laws. Since March 2014 he has been a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.