Tower Hamlets: resources for researchers

BookshelfWe have compiled the list of resources below for researchers, educators and policymakers. Included are council reports on the city and its inhabitants and highlights of recent academic and policy research. If you wish for us to add anything to this list please email us at

This article is one of a series on faith and politics in Tower Hamlets. 


London Borough of Tower Hamlets policy statements

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Council Strategic Plan 2002-2006, (2003).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Cultural Strategy, (2003).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Community Cohesion in Tower Hamlets, (2004).

Tower Hamlets Partnership. Tower Hamlets Compact: Working Together, (2004).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Equalities Action Plan 2005-2006. (2004).

Tower Hamlets Race and Hate Inter Agency Forum. Hate Crime Manual. London: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, (2007).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Celebrating Diversity: Our Policy Statement on Equality and Diversity, (2008).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Communities, Localities & Culture Directorate Business Plan 2008-09, (2008).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Race Equality Scheme 2009-2012, (2009).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Third Sector Strategy 2009-2011, (2009).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Community Plan: Consultation Draft, (2009).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Prevent Action Plan: April 2008-March 2011 (October 2009 Update), (2009).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Supporting New Communities, Case Study of the Somali Community, (2011).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Community Plan: Consultation Draft. London: London Borough of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, (2011).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Overcrowding and Under Occupation Statement: 2013-2015, (2013).

London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission Introductory Evidence Pack, (2013).

Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission. Tower Hamlets: Time to Act. London Borough of Tower Hamlets, (2013).


Research reports focusing on Tower Hamlets

Carey, Sean. Curry Capital: The Restaurant Sector in London’s Brick Lane, London: Institute of Community Studies, Working Paper No 6, (2004).

Iacopini, Giorgia, Laura Stock, and Kerstin Junge. Evaluation of Tower Hamlets Prevent Projects. London: The Tavistock Institute, (2011).

Oakley, Kate and Andy C. Pratt ‘Brick Lane: Community-Driven Innovation’ in Local Knowledge: Case Studies of Four Innovative Places. London: NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), (2010): 28-39.

Woods, David, Christopher Husbands, and Chris Brown. Transforming Education for All: the Tower Hamlets Story. London Borough of Tower Hamlets Communications Unit, (2013).


Academic research on Tower Hamlets

Ahmed, Nilufar. ‘Tower Hamlets: Insulation in Isolation’ in Tahir Abbas (ed.) Muslim Britain: Communities Under Pressure, London: Zed Books, (2005).

Alexander, Claire. ‘Contested Memories: The Shahid Minar and the Struggle for Diasporic Space’. Ethnic and Racial Studies 36, no. 4 (2013): 590-610.

Alexander, Claire. ‘Making Bengali Brick Lane: Claiming and Contesting Space in East London’. The British Journal of Sociology 62, no. 2 (2011): 201–220.

Alexander, Claire. The Asian Gang: Ethnicity, Identity, Masculinity, Oxford: Berg, (2000).

Back, Les, Michael Keith, Azra Khan, and Shukra Kalbir. ‘Islam and the New Political Landscape: Faith Communities, Political Participation and Social Change’. Theory, Culture and Society 26, no. 4 (2009): 1–23.

Begum, Halima. ‘Geographies of Inclusion/Exclusion: British Muslim Women in the East End of London’. Sociological Research Online 13, no. 5 (2008): 10.

Begum, Halima and John Eade. ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Front?: Bangladeshi Reactions in Tower Hamlets’ in Tahir Abbas (ed.) Muslim Britain: Communities under Pressure, London: Zed Books, (2005).

Carey, Sean, and Abdus Shukur. ‘A Profile of the Bangladeshi Community in East London’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 12, no. 3 (1985): 405–417.

Carmona, Matthew. ‘The Isle of Dogs: Four Development Waves, Five Planning Models, Twelve Plans, Thirty-Five Years, and a Renaissance… of Sorts’. Progress in Planning 71, no. 3 (2009): 87-151.

DeHanas, Daniel Nilsson. ‘Of Hajj and Home: Roots Visits to Mecca and Bangladesh in Everyday Belonging’. Ethnicities 13, no. 4 (2013): 457-474.

DeHanas, Daniel Nilsson. ‘Elastic Orthodoxy: The Tactics of Young Muslim Identity in the East End of London’ in Dessing, Nathal, Nadia Jeldtoft, Jorgen Nielsen, and Linda Woodhead (eds.) Everyday Lived Islam in Europe. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, (2013).

Dench, Geoff, Kate Gavron, and Michael Young. The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict, London: Profile Books, (2006).

Eade, John. ‘Identity, Nation and Religion: Educated Young Bangladeshi Muslims in London’s East End’. International Sociology 9, no. 3 (1994).

Eade, John. ‘Nationalism and the Quest for Authenticity: The Bangladeshis in Tower Hamlets’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 16, no. 4 (1990): 493–503.

Eade, John, Isabelle Fremeaux, and David Garbin. ‘The Political Construction of Diasporic Communities in the Global City’ in Pamela K. Gilbert (ed.) Imagined Londons. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, (2002).

Eade, John, The Politics of Community: The Bangladeshi Community in East London. Aldershot: Avebury, (1989).

Eade, John, and David Garbin. ‘Changing Narratives of Violence, Struggle and Resistance: Bangladeshis and the Competition for Resources in the Global City’. Oxford Development Studies 30, no. 2 (2002): 137–149.

Eade, John, and David Garbin. ‘Competing Visions of Identity and Space: Bangladeshi Muslims in Britain’. Contemporary South Asia 15, no. 2 (2006): 181–193.

Eade, John, Ceri Peach, and Tim Vamplew, ‘Bangladeshis in Britain: The Encapsulated Community’, in Ceri Peach (ed.), Ethnicity in the 1991 Census, London: HMSO, (1996).

Eade, John, with Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Jamil Iqbal, and Marissa Hey (eds.). Tales of Three Generations of Bengalis in Britain. London: Nirmul Committee and CRONEM, (2006).

Fishman, William J. East End Jewish Radicals, 1875-1914. London: Duckworth, (1975).

Foster, Janet. Docklands: Cultures in Conflict, Worlds in Collision. London: UCL Press, (1999).

Frost, Nicola. ‘Green Curry Politics and Place-Making on Brick Lane’. Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 14, no. 2 (2011): 225–242.

Garbin, David. “A Diasporic Sense of Place: Dynamics of Spatialization and Transnational Political Fields among Bangladeshi Muslims in Britain” in Michael Peter Smith and John Eade (eds.) Transnational Ties: Cities, Migrations and Identities. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, (2008): 147-163.

Gardner, Katy & Abdus Shukur. ‘I’m Bengali, I’m Asian, and I’m Living Here.’ In Roger Ballard (ed.) Desh Pardesh: The South Asian Presence in Britain. London: Hurst, (1994).

Gardner, Katy. Global Migrants, Local Lives: Migration and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (1995).

Gardner, Katy. Age, Narrative and Migration: Life history and the Life Course Amongst Bengali Elders in London. Berg: Oxford, (2002).

Gest, Justin. Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West. London: Hurst, (2010).

Glynn, Sarah. ‘Bengali Muslims: The New East End Radicals?’ Ethnic and Racial Studies 25, no. 6 (2001): 969–988.

Glynn, Sarah. ‘East End Bengalis and the Labour Party: The End of a Long Relationship’. New Geographies of Race and Racism (2008): 67–82.

Glynn, Sarah. ‘East End Immigrants and the Battle for Housing: A Comparative Study of Political Mobilisation in the Jewish and Bengali Communities’. Journal of Historical Geography 31, no. 3 (2005): 528–545.

Glynn, Sarah. ‘Playing the Ethnic Card: Politics and Segregation in London’s East End’. Urban Studies 47, no. 5 (2010): 991.

Glynn, Sarah. ‘The Spirit of’71: How the Bangladeshi War of Independence Has Haunted Tower Hamlets’. Institute of Geography Online Paper Series: GEO-020, (2006).

Husain, Ed. The Islamist, London: Penguin, (2007).

Hussain, Delwar. ‘Globalization, God and Galloway The Islamisization of Bangladeshi Communities in London.’ Journal of Creative Communications 2, no. 1-2 (2007): 189-217.

Keith, Michael. ‘Between Being and Becoming? Rights, Responsibilities and the Politics of Multiculture in the New East End.’ Sociological Research Online, Volume 13, Issue 5, (2008).

Keith, Michael. After the Cosmopolitan: Multicultural Cities and the Future of Racism, London: Routledge, (2005).

Kershen, Anne. Strangers, Aliens and Asians: Huguenots, Jews and Bangladeshis in Spitalfields 1666-2000. London: Routledge, (2013).

Kibria, Nazli. ‘The ‘New Islam’ and Bangladeshi Youth in Britain and the US’. Ethnic and Racial Studies 31, no. 2 (2008): 243–266.

Leech, Kenneth, Brick Lane 1978: The Events and Their Significance. London: Stepney Books Publications, (1994).

Mavrommatis, George. ‘The New ‘Creative’ Brick Lane’. Ethnicities 6, no. 4, (2006): 498-517.

Morphet, Janice. ‘Local Authority Decentralisation Tower Hamlets Goes All the Way’. Policy & Politics 15, no. 2 (1987): 119–126.

Palmer, Alan. The East End: Four Centuries of London Life. London: Faber and Faber, (2011).

Phillipson, Chris, Nilufar Ahmed, and Joanna Latimer. Women in Transition: A Study of the Experiences of Bangladeshi Women Living in Tower Hamlets. Bristol: Policy Press, (2003).

Stoker, Gerry, Sean Baine, Susan Carlyle, Steve Charters, and Tony Du Sautoy. ‘Reflections on Neighbourhood Decentralization in Tower Hamlets’. Public Administration 69, no. 3 (1991): 373-384.

Ullah, Ansar Ahmed and John Eversley. Bengalis in London’s East End. London: Swadhinata Trust, (2010).

Wemyss, Georgie. The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging, Aldershot: Ashgate, (2009).

Young, Michael and Peter Wilmott. Family and Kinship in East London. London: Routledge, 2013 [1957].

Zeitlyn, Benjamin. ‘Maintaining Transnational Social Fields: The Role of Visits to Bangladesh for British Bangladeshi Children.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 38, no. 6 (2012): 953-968.


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