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The Policy Research Centre embarks upon and undertakes a number of research tasks, independently and in collaboration with national and European policy research bodies. Our research areas explore some of the pertinent and critical issues of the day, and aims to benefit policy thinking through better information provision, analysis and recommendations. We work with some of the leading practitioners and experts in areas concerning Britain’s Muslims.

Research on Smoking Cessation Material

Conducted for NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale
Status: Completed in January 2009

On behalf of the NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale the Centre conducted research on educational material designed to highlight the dangers of tobacco consumption, specifically aimed at Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.

Preventing Violent Extremism Handbook

Created for Local Government Association
Status: Released in November 2008

The Centre was commissioned to work with the Local Government Association in producing a guidance booklet for Local Authorities on the PVE agenda. The level of challenge from violent extremism can vary across the country. This publication aims to show how local authorities can develop effective partnerships at the community level and share good practice. It can be downloaded for free from the link above.

Mapping Muslim Women's Organisations in Leicester

For the Leicester Partnership
Status: Released in June 2008

The Centre was asked by the Leicester Partnership to produce a report mapping the community work among Muslim women in Leicester. We found nearly seventy organisations and networks and made recommendation for how engagement can be developed more fruitfully.

Radicalisation in Europe

With the Change Institute
Status: Submitted to the European Commission in December 2007

Yahya Birt, as part of a four-country consortium headed by the Change Institute in London, conducted a twelve-month research contract commissioned by the European Commission to examine the beliefs, ideologies and narratives that drive violent radicalisation. The four countries covered by the consortium included the UK, Denmark, France and Germany. Yahya Birt, working for the Policy Research Centre, led the UK Research team with Sadek Hamid, University of Chester.

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