Sufyan Abid Dogra is a Senior Research Fellow conducting qualitative research for Sports England funded Local Delivery Pilot in Bradford. He explores ways to enhance physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and encourage healthy dietary habits among children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minorities and those living in deprivation. Using mix-methods, Sufyan has conducted pioneering research on how Islamic religious settings can be used to prevent childhood obesity. He conducted a scoping review and systematic mapping, Delphi consensus, extensive ethnographic, qualitative and participatory fieldwork using documentary and consultation approaches. His work led to Bradford Council’s successful bidding for government’s Trailblazer Childhood Obesity Programme.

Sufyan did his PhD in Anthropology from University of Sussex, UK, postdoctoral research at University of Chester, UK and social policy research at University of Reading, UK. He previous research translates British multiculturalism into practice and delivery, explores religious and political networks of British Muslims and their influence on and from Middle East and South Asia. He taught various courses at University of Sussex and University of Chester and has experience in student mentoring.