Chris Allen is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at the University of Leicester. For just over two decades, he has been researching Islamophobia, hate crime, the far-right, counter-extremism and counter-terror, and wider issues relating to the ‘problematisation’ of Muslim communities. His research has also focused on wider issues religion in the political and policy spaces. In doing so, he has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Economic & Social Research Council, British governmental departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authorities, the European Union and a wide range of state agencies, third sector organisations and charitable bodies. He has published widely both in the UK and elsewhere including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey among others. Over the past decade, he has held various independent advisory roles across the British political spectrum, and until recently was an independent adviser to the British Government on Anti-Muslim Hate and Islamophobia. He also contributed written and oral evidence to a number of different government bodies and commissions including the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crimes, and the Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life among others.