Sufyan works as Principal Research Fellow at Bradford Institute for Health Research. He does the anthropology of modern Britain, specialising in using qualitative longitudinal research methods in applied health research, public health programmes and how these link with cultural habitats of young people. Through community-driven complex health interventions, he explores ways to encourage healthy behaviours like physical activity, healthy diet, and cultural participation among young people from ethnic/religious minorities and how these can be coproduced to shape public policy. He views healthy behaviours, art, culture, poetry, religion, spirituality, music, ethnicity and diversity as the sites to create synergies for active civic participation and better mental health among young people living with structural inequalities.

He leads on following programmes within Born in Bradford:

• Qualitative Longitudinal Research – Age of Wonder, Wellcome Trust
• Active Faith Settings – JUMP Programme, Sports England
• Youth Resilience Programme – Youth Endowment Fund
• Trailblazer Childhood Obesity Programme – Bradford Council
• Using Men to Increase Uptake for Cancer Screening among South Asian Women – Yorkshire Cancer
Research, University of Bradford

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Sufyan Abid Dogra, Kate Lightfoot, Rosslyn Kerr, Jennifer Hall, Olivia Joseph, Nasiba Siddig, Hannah Nutting, Katy A. Shire, Helen Roberts, Neil Small, Rosemary R.C. McEachan, John Wright, (2022). Born in Bradford Age of Wonder cohort: A protocol for qualitative longitudinal research. Wellcome Open Research, 7(270), DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.18096.1,
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Daniel D. Bingham, Andy Daly-Smith, Jennifer Hall, Amanda Seims, Sufyan A. Dogra, Stuart J. Fairclough, Mildred Ajebon, Brian Kelly, Bo Hou, Katy A. Shire, Kirsty L. Crossley, Mark Mon-Williams, John Wright, Kate Pickett, Rosemary McEachan, Josie Dickerson, Sally E. Barber on behalf of the Bradford Institute for Health Research COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group, (2021). Covid-19 lockdown: Ethnic differences in children’s self-reported physical activity and the importance of leaving the home environment; a longitudinal and cross-sectional study from the Born in Bradford birth cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-021-01183-y,
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Jennifer Hall, Daniel D. Bingham, Amanda Seims, Sufyan Abid Dogra, Jan Burkhardt, James Nobles, Jim McKenna, Maria Bryant, Sally E. Barber & Andy Daly-Smith , (2021). A whole system approach to increasing children’s physical activity in a multi-ethnic UK city: a process evaluation protocol. BMC DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-12255,
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Paul J. Collings, Sufyan A. Dogra, Silvia Costa, Daniel D. Bingham & Sally E. Barber , (2020). Objectively-measured sedentary time and physical activity in a bi-ethnic sample of young children: variation by socio-demographic, temporal and perinatal factors. BMC Public Health DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-8132-z,
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Kiran K. Rai, Sufyan Abid Dogra, Sally Barber, Peymane Adab, Carolyn Summerbell and on behalf of the “Childhood Obesity Prevention in Islamic Religious Settings' Programme Management Group”, (2019). A scoping review and systematic mapping of health promotion interventions associated with obesity in Islamic religious settings in the UK. Obesity Reviews, 20(9), 1231–1261. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12874,