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Dr Santokh Singh Gill joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2008 as a senior lecturer, combining teaching with research activity. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with degree in Social Sciences in 1997. His particular interest in the area of race and ethnicity prompted him to undertake a Masters degree in Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick, where he received ESRC funding. He went on to complete his PhD thesis in the area of sociology at the University of Derby, examining British born Sikhs and masculinity.

Santokh has previously worked as a Researcher and Lecturer at Staffordshire University, working on various projects including research with refugees, older adults, volunteers and vulnerable families. In 2005, he joined the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture (C- SEC) at the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow. At Birmingham, Santokh was involved in research exploring the political interests and engagements of Black and minority ethnic young people. He was also the lead researcher and principle investigator on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project aimed at engaging hard to reach young British Muslim men of Pakistani origin in Bradford.


  • Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sociology with/and Criminology
  • Module Leader for 'Race, Ethicity and Difference', 'Policy and Society' and 'Human Rights in Contemporary Society'
  • Supervisor for postgraduate students in the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences'

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Santokh is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Areas of expertise:

  • South Asian masculinities
  • Race/ethnicity and processes of racialisation
  • Community cohesion
  • BME young people
  • Community engagement through arts and creative media technologies

Completed projects include:

  • 2006-8 Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded collaborative project with West Bowling Youth Initiative in Bradford to conduct a research project around the work of the centre, alongside exploring issues of ethnicity, identity, faith and cohesion. Santokh is also on the steering group of the West Bowling Youth Initiative.
  • 2005-6 Leverhulme Trust funded project examining the political interests and engagements of Black and Minority Ethnic young people in Birmingham and Bradford (with Theresa O’Toole and Richard Gale).
  • 2005: Faith and Social Capital with John Pierson and Bernard Moss (Staffordshire University), examining the role of faith in building social capital within the West Midland’s faith communities.  

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Gill, S (2014) ‘‘So people know I'm a Sikh’: Narratives of Sikh masculinities in contemporary BritainCulture and Religion , 15 (3), pp. 334-353. ISSN 1475-5610


Halsall, J., Gifford, C. and Gill, S. (2013) ‘The UK’s ad hoc Multiculturalism and the Re-assertion of Britishness’. In: Diversity, Intercultural Encounters, and Education. London, UK: Routledge. . ISBN 9780415638333

Gill, S. and Worley, C. (2013) ‘Community Cohesion Policies and Meaningful Interactions: Ethnographic Reflections on Gender and Interethnic Relations in Northern EnglandJournal of Intercultural Studies , 34 (1), pp. 18-33. ISSN 0725-6868


Gill, S. and Worley, C. (2010) ‘‘How did it go?’ Negotiating race, racialisation and identity when teaching issues of race and equality in HEEnhancing Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences , 2 (3). ISSN 1756-848X


Gill, S (2009) The West Bowling Youth Initiative: then, now and the future York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Gill, S (2008) Lessons from West Bowling Youth Initiative: Then, now and the future York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Pierson, J. and Gill, S. (2005) ‘Believing and Belonging: Faith Institutions and Social Capital’. In: Proceedings from the Community, Work and Family Conference 2005. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University. . ISBN 1-900139-91-X

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