Leicester: resources for researchers

BookshelfWe have compiled the list of resources below for researchers, educators and policymakers. Included are maps of census data, council reports on the city and its inhabitants and highlights of recent (and in some cases, not so recent) academic and policy research. If you wish for us to add anything to this list please email us at info@publicspirit.org.uk.

Leicester City Council policy statements

The majority of these policy statements were authored before the present coalition government was formed and may not reflect the current policies of Leicester City Council.

Ahmad, Haseeb, Patricia Roberts-Thompson, and Irene Kszyk. Report on the Community and Sector Consultations on Community Cohesion in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2004

Leicester City Council. Community Cohesion in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2011.

Leicester City Council. Evidence to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. Leicester: Leicester City Council/Leicester Partnership, 2007.

Leicester City Council. Leicester’s Community Cohesion Strategy 2009-2014. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2009.

Leicester Partnership. The Strategy for Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2006.

One Leicester. Explaining Community Cohesion in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2008.

Roberts-Thomson, Trish. Report of the Scrutiny Community Cohesion and Safety Task Group (Cohesion Strategy). Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2008.

Research reports focusing on Leicester

These reports cover a wide range of subjects, including demographics, education, security and extremism and minority groups in Leicester (Somalis, Poles, Muslims and others).

Boeck, Thilo, Martin Gage, Jon Adamson, Jo Cheney, and Sharon Pye. Social Capital and Stronger Communities in Leicestershire. Leicester: Leicestershire Together, 2007.

Clarke, Rachel. Report of the Focus Group with Polish Parents of Young Children in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2007.

Coles, Maurice. Madrasahs and Mainstream: Models and Experiences of Partnerships Between Schools, an LEA and Some Local Mosques, n.d.

Githens-Mazer, Jonathan, Robert Lambert, Abdul-Haqq Baker, Safiyah Cohen-Baker, and Zacharias Pieri. Muslim Communities’ Perspectives on Radicalisation in Leicester, UK. Aarhus, Denmark: Centre for Studies in Islamism and Racism, March 2010.

I&DeA. Taking Forward Community Cohesion in Leicester. Leicester: Improvement and Development Agency/Leicester City Council, 2002.

Kszyk, Irene. Somali Focus Groups. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2006.

Kszyk, Irene, and Trish Roberts-Thompson. Report of the Focus Group with Polish Young People in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2007.

Leicester City Council. The Diversity of Leicester: A Demographic Profile. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2008.

Monk, Philip. Choosing Health in Leicester’s Localities: Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2006. Leicester: Leicester City Primary Care Trust, 2006.

Open Society Institute. Muslims in Leicester. London: Open Society Institute, 2010.

Roberts-Thompson, Trish. Report on New Communities in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2009.

Roberts-Thomson, Trish. Report on European Union A8 Migrant Workers in Leicester. Leicester: Leicester City Council, 2007.

Al-Toma, Batool, and Ruqaiyah Hibell. Between Isolation and Integration: A Report on the Muslim Convert Community in Leicester. Leicester: Islamic Foundation/Leicester City Council, 2011.

Academic research on Leicester

The articles and books below include the most recent academic research into ethnic and religious diversity in Leicester, as well as some classic studies.

Andrews, Ahmed. ‘Muslim Women in a Western European Society: Gujarati Muslim Women in Leicester’. In Religion in Contemporary Europe, edited by John Fulton and Peter Gee, 78–92. New York: Edwin Mellon Press, 1994.

Bonney, Richard. Understanding and Celebrating Religious Diversity: The Growth of Diversity in Leicester’s Places of Religious Worship Since 1970. Leicester: University of Leicester, Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism, 2003.

Bonney, Richard, and William Le Goff. ‘Leicester’s Cultural Diversity in the Context of the British Debate on Multiculturalism’. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 6, no. 6 (2007): 45–58.

Chapman, Rachael, and Vivien Lowndes. ‘Faith in Governance? The Potential and Pitfalls of Involving Faith Groups in Urban Governance’. Planning Practice and Research 23 (February 2008): 57–75.

Clayton, John. ‘Living the Multicultural City: Acceptance, Belonging and Young Identities in the City of Leicester, England’. Ethnic and Racial Studies (2011): 1–21.

Clayton, John. ‘Thinking Spatially: Towards an Everyday Understanding of Inter-ethnic Relations’. Social & Cultural Geography 10, no. 4 (2009): 481–498.

Gale, Richard, and Simon Naylor. ‘Religion, Planning and the City: The Spatial Politics of Ethnic Minority Expression in British Cities and Towns’. Ethnicities 2, no. 3 (2002): 387–409.

Martin, John, and Gurharpal Singh. Asian Leicester. Stroud: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2002.

McLoughlin, Seán. ‘Discrepant Representations of multi-Asian Leicester: Institutional Discourse and Everyday Life in the “model” Multicultural City’. In Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas, edited by Sean McLoughlin, William Gould, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, and Emma Tomalin. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Phillips, Deborah. ‘The Social and Spatial Segregation of Asians in Leicester’. In Social Interaction and Ethnic Segregation, edited by Peter Jackson and Susan J. Smith. London: Academic Press, 1981.

Singh, Gurharpal. ‘A City of Surprises: Urban Multiculturalism and the “Leicester Model”’. In A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain, 291–304. London: Hurst & Co., 2006.

Singh, Gurharpal. ‘Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Reflections on the “Leicester Model”’. International Journal on Multicultural Societies 5, no. 1 (2003): 40–54.

Vertovec, Steven. ‘Multicultural, multi-Asian, multi-Muslim Leicester: Dimensions of Social Complexity, Ethnic Organization and Local Government Interface.’ Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences 7, no. 3 (1994): 259–274.

Vertovec, Steven. ‘Multiculturalism, Culturalism and Public Incorporation’. Ethnic and Racial Studies 19, no. 1 (1996): 49–69.

Maps of religion in Leicester

Census data on Leicester are available via Nomis, though simpler neighbourhood statistics can be found for Leicester on the ONS’s website. Data on Leicester is also available via Leicester City Council.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version. Addtional data can also be found in this pdf.

LcSikhLSOA LcNoReligionLSOA LcMuslimLSOA LcHinduLSOA LcChristianLSOA LcBornInSomaliaLcBornInPoland

The photo of the bookshelf above is included courtesy of Stewart Butterfield and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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