Sufyan Abid Dogra is a Senior Research Fellow conducting qualitative research for Sports England’s Local Delivery Pilot in Bradford. His focus is on investigating ways to enhance physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minorities and those living in deprivation. Sufyan has conducted pioneering research on exploring the role of Islamic Religious Settings in preventing childhood obesity among South Asian children living in the UK. He has conducted a scoping review and systematic mapping, Delphi consensus method, and did extensive ethnographic, qualitative and participatory fieldwork using documentary approaches with South Asian, Muslim community leaders, Imams and parents in Bradford and Birmingham. 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. He did postdoctoral research work at University of Chester investigating transnational religious and political networks of minority Muslims between Britain, Middle East and South Asia. He worked at University of Reading in a project on ‘Deathscapes and Diversity: Making Space for Death and Remembrance in Multicultural England and Wales’. He has experience in student mentoring and taught various courses in anthropology and religious studies at University of Sussex and University of Chester.

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