Project Team

The Remaking Britain Project Team

Dr Rehana Ahmed (Co-Investigator, Queen Mary University of London)

Rehana Ahmed is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and an associate editor of Wasafiri. The author of Writing British Muslims: Religion, Class and Multiculturalism (2015), she has published extensively on British Asian literature, culture and history, and has particular interests in working-class communities, activism, religious cultures, and the literary marketplace. 

Nicole Andrieu (Project Administrator, University of Bristol)

Nicole Andrieu has over 5 years’ experience supporting a wide range of specialist research projects at the University of Bristol.  Before joining Higher Education, she worked in finance and business management in the private sector.

Dr Aleena Din (Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol)

Aleena Din is a historian of gender, class and race in modern Britain. Her PhD research, which was completed at the University of Oxford in 2022, focuses on the migration, settlement and labour experiences of working-class British-Pakistani women who settled in Middlesbrough and Oldham between 1962 and 2002. Her interests include women’s paid and unpaid work, community, family life and generational change.

Dr Sumita Mukherjee (Principal Investigator, University of Bristol)

Sumita Mukherjee is a historian of migration and mobility, focusing on the movement of people from the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the world, and also their return back to India, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has a strong interest in gender, race, religion and national identity. She has written books on the experience of Indian university students in Britain in the early twentieth century, and on the global connections of Indian suffragettes in the early twentieth century.

Dr Maya Parmar (Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London)

Maya Parmar is both a Researcher and the Director of the social enterprise Hadithi C.I.C. With over fourteen years’ experience of working in humanities research, with a specialism in cultural and literary studies, digital humanities and public engagement, her interests oscillate around postcolonial and South Asian diaspora studies, as well as oral history. She is the author of Reading Cultural Representations of the Double Diaspora: Britain, East Africa, Gujarat. Following research posts at The Open University (2013-2021), she founded Hadithi C.I.C (2022), and won National Lottery Heritage Funding to conduct Hidden Heritages Cambridgeshire (2022), an intergenerational oral history project.

Dr Florian Stadtler (Co-Investigator, University of Bristol)

Florian Stadtler is Lecturer in Literature and Migration in the English Department at the University of Bristol. He has published on Salman Rushdie, Indian Popular Cinema, South Asian Writing in English, and Black and South Asian British film, history, and literature. He was Reviews Editor of Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing from 2010-2022 and is now a trustee. He researches the history of South Asian Britain, with a focus on working-class communities of South Asian heritage in Britain, including South Asian seafarers, social and cultural activism, and South Asian involvement in both World Wars on the Home Front.


The British Library


Professor Susheila Nasta

Advisory Board

Professor Ruth Ahnert

Professor Elleke Boehmer

Penny Brook

Mukti Jain Campion

Dr Sundeep Lidher

Kavita Puri

Professor Ruvani Ranasinha

Professor Mark Sandler

Iqbal Singh

Dr Shafquat Towheed

Dr Rozina Visram