Izram Chaudry

Izram Chaudry


I am a final year PhD student located in the School of Sociology & Social Policy. I am supervised by Prof. Nick Emmel and Dr. Rodanthi Tzanelli, and my studies are internally funded by the Leeds Doctoral Scholarship.

I am currently writing-up my thesis for the project entitled: Examining The Motivations & Experiences Of British Muslim Amateur & Professional Boxers. Having adopted a qualitative multiple-methods approach (participatory observations and narrative interviews) – I found how the agency and ways in which the sample experience the sport of boxing is strongly shaped by the dis/ (en)couragement received by their parents and families. Preliminary findings illustrate how the (extended) family may not always work in harmony and there may be divergence in opinions and attitudes between the immediate family and extended relatives. Influencing factors include social, cultural, economic, physiological and psychological needs and circumstances alongside community yardsticks descending onto and pressuring the fighters and their households. Theoretically, I am engaging with Pierre Bourdieu’s interlinked concepts of – Capital, Habitus and Field – in addition to a family practices approach that foregrounds the ‘doing’ (Morgan, 2011) and ‘displaying’ (Finch, 2007) of family.

Research Activities:

Research Assistant – I have worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Hylton (Leeds Beckett University) for the British Academy funded project entitled: Racism & Islamophobia in Online Spaces within the English Premier League. 

Peer Reviewer – Education, Philosophy & Theory.

Research Outputs:

Journal Article:

Chaudry, I. (2018) Considering The Needs Of Muslim Girls. Association For Physical Education; Practice Matters. Spring 2018.

Chaudry, I., 2021. “I felt like I was being watched”: The hypervisibility of Muslim students in higher education. Educational Philosophy and Theory53(3), pp.257-269. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1769603


Chaudry, I. (2020) Islamophobia & Whiteness In Higher Education: A Critical Race Theory Perspective. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopaedia Of Teacher Education. Springer, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_370-1

Book Reviews:

Chaudry, I. (2020) Dismantling Race In Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness & Decolonising The Academy (2018). Multicultural Education Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/2005615X.2020.1808930

Chaudry, I., 2021. Book Review: Jürgen Martschukat, The Age of Fitness: How the Body Came to Symbolize Success and Achievement. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211015577.

Keynotes, Panels & Conference Presentations/ Papers:

Chaudry, I. (2018) Exploring The Racialized Experiences Of British Asian Amateur & Professional Boxers. Sport & Discrimination Conference. Oxford Brookes University. September 4th 2018.

Chaudry, I. (2019) A Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Media Representations Of Islam: A Case Study Of Amir Khan. Sport & Discrimination Conference. Southampton Solent University. September 4th 2019.

Chaudry, I. (2019) “Reaching Out”: Sport, Race & Representation. St Marys University. 26th November 2019.

Chaudry, I. (2020) “Throwing In The Towel” – British Muslim Boxers & Exclusionary Spaces. Eleventh International Conference On Sport & Society. University Of Granada. (Cancelled Amid COVID19 Pandemic).

Chaudry, I. (2020) Islam, Identity & Sport. St Marys University. November 2020.

Chaudry, I. (2021) Understanding Islamophobia. London Metropolitan University. 13th January 2021.

Chaudry, I. (2021) ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’: Islamophobia, Microaggressions & The Academy. The Marginalisation Of Religious Students In UK Higher Education PGR Conference. FLaG Research Centre, University Of Leeds.


Chaudry, I. (2019) ‘Every Little Helps’ On This Rugged Road To A More Inclusive University. Northern Notes. University Of Leeds. ‘Every Little Helps’ on this Rugged Road to a More Inclusive University : Northern Notes (leeds.ac.uk)

Chaudry, I. (2021) “Getting Robbed”: Racialized Politics & The Colonial Stereotype Northern Notes. University Of Leeds. “Getting Robbed”: Racialized Politics and the Colonial Stereotype : Northern Notes (leeds.ac.uk)


SLSP1170 Understanding & Researching Contemporary Society, 2020/21, Semester 1. 

SLSP1160 Understanding & Researching The City, 2020/21, Semester 2. 

Research interests

  • Racism & Ethnicity Studies
  • Islamophobia
  • Critical Muslim Studies
  • Sociology Of Family, Community, Education & Sport.
  • Relational Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methodology


  • BA (Hons) Physical Education - First
  • MA Social Research - Distinction

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies
  • Centre for Research on Families, The Life Course and Generations