Raheel Dhattiwala

Raheel Dhattiwala is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology in the Group Violence Project, funded by the ERC Consolidator grant. Together with lead investigator, Don Weenink , we aim to understand how group behaviour affects the likelihood and severity of violence in public space. We propose to employ interpretive methods and video analysis tools, such as Observer Pro XT, to analyse raw film footage of violence (e.g. street fights, riots, football hooliganism) across India, UK, US and Netherlands.

A sociologist by training, Raheel’s primary research interest is the study of ethnic violence, particularly the spatial component of collective violence, and intergroup relations. Why do riots occur in some place, not others? In the face of politically orchestrated violence, how do individual actors—rioters and targets of violence—behave during an attack? She read for an M.Sc. and a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Sociology at the University of Oxford. Her research at Oxford explained spatial variation in Hindu-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002. A book with Cambridge University Press based on this research is forthcoming. She has published in Politics & Society, Qualitative Sociology, Contemporary South Asia, and Economic & Political Weekly.  She has also worked as a public policy scholar at the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy (Chennai) and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Australia (Adelaide).

Prior to entering academia, she worked as a senior reporter at the Times of India in Ahmedabad (2002-2007), where she covered the Gujarat violence in 2002, and continues to occasionally write for The Hindu and other publications. She has been interviewed by The Australian, Bergens Tidende, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, among others, for her research

flag yellow lowThis project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 683133

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