University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Tariq Modood

Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. He has held over 40 grants and consultancies, has over 35 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 200 articles and chapters. He was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001, made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. He served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the National Equality Panel, and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.

Tariq is co-coordinating the GREASE project together with Anna Triandafyllidou. Alongside her, H.A. Hellyer and Michele Grossman, he is also a member of the project’s steering committee. Tariq is responsible for leading two work packages, namely the development of the analytical framework and the regional dialogues. His website is


Thomas Sealy,

Dr Thomas Sealy is a Research Associate working on GREASE in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, where he is also a Senior Teaching Associate. His PhD research focussed on British converts to Islam and multiculturalism, where he was interested in issues of theorising religious identity and belonging and bringing this to bear on multiculturalism’s thinking around difference and recognition. He teaches units on contemporary identities, inequalities, religion and politics and political concepts. He has published articles on multiculturalism and the media representation of British converts to Islam. 

On the GREASE project he will be working on state-religion relations and governance of religious diversity, as well as the country profiles for western Europe.