Dr Rupa Huq

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Psychology, Criminology and Sociology
Email: R.Huq@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: NA
Location: Penrhyn Road


Sociologist who has also taught on Media and Cultural Studies courses at Kingston University. Research interests largely cluster around
- youth culture/ pop music which were the subject of first book "Beyond Subculture" (2006, Routledge), book was shortlisted for the Philip abrams Memorial Prize of the British Sociological Association
- cultures of suburbia, the subject of two further books: "On the Edge: the contested cultures of English Suburbia" (2013, Lawrence and Wishart) and "Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture" (2013, Bloomsbury Academic)

Recent journal articles and book chapters include
“Darkness on the Edge of Town: Mapping ‘Asian suburban London’ through popular culture” in Wasafiri literary journal December 2012
• Indie on the Box” – chapter in Popular Music on Television ed Iain Inglis (2010) Ashgate
• “The Politics of Britpop” – book chapter in Britpop and the English Music Tradition edited by Bennett, A. and Stratton, J. (2010) Aldershot: Ashgate
• “Rethinking Suburbia in an age of insecurity: Hard Times On the Edge” in Exploring the
Cultural Challenges to social Democracy. (2011) London: Policy Network
• “The path back to power is a suburban one” in Hamid, H. and Scholes Fogg, T. (eds) What next for Labour? (2011) London: Queensferry Publishing
• “From the Margins to Mainstream? Representations of British Asian Youth Musical Cultural Expression from Bhangra to Asian Underground Music” reprint of much cited 2003 young article in four-volume major reference work Popular Music, edited by Rojek, C. (2011) London: Sage p39-62
• “Nation” entry in Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges edited by Nancy Lesko, Susan Talburt. (2011), Routledge pp 174-179
• “Faith in the Suburb: discourses of identity and extremism in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, UK” in Debating Multiculturalism edited by Steve Garner (2012) London: Dialogue Society

Also have done media appearances including BBC Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 "Nightwaves" amongst others

Have links with think-tanks including Policy Network, IPPR, Fabian Society

Recent grants include:
• Mapping the BME Communities of Kingston-upon-Thames with specific reference to Muslims, with Professor Julia Davidson, Home Office Preventing Violent Extremism initiative ESRC Fellowship to conduct empirical research into the BME Communities of Kingston-upon-Thames, matched funding of PVE grant from ESRC Knowledge Transfer scheme 2009 – 2010
Value between the two projects = £50,000

•“Study on access of young people to culture in 27 member-states”, one of four key experts on successful team-bid submitted to EU Youth in Action Programme. Value = €134,000

Educational and professional qualifications

1999 PhD Cultural Studies Thesis on Youth Culture , University of East London (Cultural Studies)
1993 BA Social and Political Sciences (Part 1) Law (Part II) , Cambridge University

Professional experience (post-1990)

1998 - 2004 Lecturer, School of Education, University of Manchester


Leverhulme Trust: Special Research Fellowship 200 - 2002
Result: held 200 - 2002
Barrow Cadbury Trust: Small Grant
Result: to be held Autumn term 2008

International connections

Consultancy for British Council (Spain, Germany, Finland)
Council of Europe youth expert, served on international youth policy review tean, Norway 2003 - 4
DFID visiting lecturer, Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore, India March - April 2003
Member, Foreign Office "Engaging With Islam" Delegation, Bangladesh March 2008

Research outputs

Number of items: 22.


Huq, Rupa (2009) A young concept in a new country: the institutionalization of the citizenship question in the UK and its generational impact. Young: Nordic journal of youth research, 17(4), pp. 443-455. ISSN (print) 1103-3088

Huq, Rupa (2008) Don’t sneer at suburbia. Juncture, 15(3), pp. 148-152. ISSN (print) 2050-5868

Huq, Rupa (2008) Youth culture and antiracism in new Britain: from the margins to the mainstream? International Journal of Sociology, 38(2), pp. 43-53. ISSN (print) 0020-7659

Huq, Rupa (2007) The sound of the suburbs. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture(37), pp. 35-44. ISSN (print) 1362-6620

Huq, Rupa (2001) The French connection: francophone hip hop as an institution in contemporary postcolonial France. Taboo: the journal of culture and education, 5(2), pp. 69-84. ISSN (print) 1080-5400


Huq, Rupa (2013) Making sense of suburbia through popular culture. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 230p. ISBN 9781780932248

Huq, Rupa (2013) On the edge: the contested cultures of suburbia. London, U.K. : Lawrence & Wishart. 206p. ISBN 9781907103728

Huq, Rupa (2005) Beyond subculture: pop, youth and identity in a postcolonial world. London, UK : Routledge. 232p. ISBN 9780415278157

Book Section

Watt, Paul, Millington, Gareth and Huq, Rupa (2014) East London mobilities: the 'Cockney Diaspora' and the remaking of the Essex ethnoscape. In: Watt, Paul and Smets, Peer, (eds.) Mobilities and neighbourhood belonging in cities and suburbs. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 121-144. ISBN 9781137003621

Huq, Rupa (2014) Politics, identity, representation and UK Asian suburban youth: voices from the margins. In: Buckingham, David , Bragg, Sara and Kehily, Mary Jane, (eds.) Youth cultures in the age of global media. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 258-272. ISBN 9781137008145

Huq, Rupa (2011) Nation. In: Lesko, Nancy and Talburt, Susan, (eds.) Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements and Knowledges. Oxon, U.K. : Taylor and Francis. pp. 174-179. ISBN 9780415874120

Huq, Rupa (2008) The sound of the suburbs: the shaping of Englishness and the socio-cultural landscape after New Labour. In: Perryman, Mark, (ed.) Imagined nation: England after Britain. London : Lawrence and Wishart Limited. pp. 49-62. ISBN 9781905007738

Huq, Rupa (2007) Resistance or incorporation? Youth policy making and hip hop culture. In: Hodkinson, Paul and Deicke, Wolfgang, (eds.) Youth cultures: scenes, subcultures and tribes. Abingdon : Routledge. pp. 79-92. (Routledge advances in sociology) ISBN 9780415376129

Huq, Rupa (2006) Asian kool? bhangra and beyond. In: Bennett, Andy , Shank, Barry and Toynbee, Jason, (eds.) The popular music studies reader. London, UK : Routledge. pp. 201-207. ISBN 9780415307093

Huq, Rupa (2006) Capital gains: BrAsian suburban North-West London. In: Ali, N. , Kalra, V.S. and Sayyid, S., (eds.) A postcolonial people: South Asians in Britain. London, UK : Hurst & Co. pp. 305-314. ISBN 1850657971

Huq, Rupa (2004) Urban unrest in northern England 2001: rhetoric and reality behind the 'race riots'. In: Lentin, Alana, (ed.) Learning from violence: the youth dimension. Strasbourg, France : Council of Europe Publishing. pp. 42-52. (Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society) ISBN 9789287153586

Huq, Rupa (2004) The uses of hip-hop culture. In: Titley, Gavan, (ed.) Resituating culture. Strasbourg, France : Council of Europe Publishing. pp. 187-198. ISBN 9287153965

Huq, Rupa (2003) Global youth cultures in localized spaces: the case of the UK new Asian dance music and French rap. In: Muggleton, David and Weinzierl, Rupert, (eds.) The post-subcultures reader. Oxford, U.K. : Berg. pp. 195-208. ISBN 1859736688

Huq, Rupa (2002) Raving, not drowning: authenticity, pleasure and politics in the electronic dance music scene. In: Hesmondhalgh, David and Negus, Keith, (eds.) Popular music studies. London, U.K. : Arnold. pp. 90-102. ISBN 0340762489

Huq, Rupa (2001) Rap a la francaise: hip hop as youth culture in contemporary post-colonial France. In: Furlong, Andy and Guidikova, Irena, (eds.) Transitions of youth citizenship in Europe: culture, subculture and identity. Strasbourg, France : Council of Europe. pp. 41-60. ISBN 9287144303

Conference or Workshop Item

Huq, Rupa (2006) "Currying in favour?" Blairism and the unravelling of the "Asian community". In: New Labour in power: ten years on; 11 Sep 2006, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Davidson, Julia [Research team head], Huq, Rupa [Research team member], Seetzen, Heidi [Research team member] and Grove-Hills, Julie [Research team member] (2010) Towards engaging with and understanding three BME communities in Kingston: identity, interaction, belonging and belief. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 82 p.

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