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New Digital Learning Lead: Dr Katya Braginskaia

4 Apr 2023

The William Temple Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Katya Braginskaia as our First Digital Learning Lead. Katya will lead on developing the Foundation’s many strands of publication and research into accredited learning opportunities in academic and other public life settings. She will also work as a Researcher attached to the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her research interests include comparative approaches to the study of multiculturalism, hospitality and integration, minority faith activism and representation of refugees and religious minorities in national/local settings.

Katya comes to us from the University of Bristol where she was awarded an Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and convened undergraduate courses on religion and politics. Her postdoctoral project, ‘Minority faith and civil society responses to refugee integration in Britain’ examined Muslim and Jewish initiatives to support newcomers in the context of government initiatives around community integration in England and Scotland (2018-2022).

Previous research includes Public Faith and Finance, and the AHRC-funded Connected Communities forum entitled Co-Creating Cities and Communities, focusing on co-creating flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment. A series of case studies are published in the report on  Co-Creating Urban Living.

Katya’s PhD in Politics focussed on the role of the Muslim Councils in Britain and Russia at the University of Edinburgh in 2014. She published on Muslim umbrella organisations and British politics (1997-2013) and the place of Islam in Russia in comparative perspective.

She is the UK correspondent for EUREL network, an online portal providing information and news about religion and legal affairs in Europe.

Speaking about her new role, Katya says ‘“I am delighted to join the William Temple Foundation and look forward to building new partnerships and collaborations to develop an exciting programme of online courses and events on religion and belief in public life”  

Professor Chris Baker, Director of Research says, ‘We are delighted to welcome Katya to the Foundation. Religion and belief continue to play a key and sometimes contested role in public life, and she will help to ensure that our research and thinking reaches the widest number of audiences as possible’.

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