Ben Gidley studied Anthropology as an undergraduate and Urban Studies at MA level and has a PhD in Sociology (on citizenship and belonging among East London Jewish radicals in the early twentieth century) from the University of London. Before coming to Birkbeck, he worked in interdisciplinary research centres on urban studies and migration at Goldsmiths, University of London and at the University of Oxford. During that period, he was involved in several policy-engaged research projects on topics around migration, integration and diversity, funded by research councils, charitable trusts, government departments and the European Union.
Ben’s research is largely centred around the question of how we live together with difference in urban contexts. He also has an interest in British Jewry, Turbulent Times (2010), written with Keith Kahn-Harris, was the first sociological monograph on British Jews for several decades, and on understanding different racisms comparatively; Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe (2017), co-edited with James Renton, was a breakthrough volume in this field.