Waqar AhmedProfessor Waqar Ahmed

Professor Waqar Ahmed is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Middlesex University, London. His previous academic career was at Leeds (Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Primary Care), Bradford and York universities. For three years, he was the Chief Social Scientist in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), where he launched the ODPM/ESRC Fellowship and Studentship Scheme and the ODPM Research Networks; this model of research partnership between Whitehall and the ESRC has since been emulated by several government departments. Waqar has served on the ESRC Strategic Research Board, been chair (e.g. RCUK New Dynamics of Ageing), member of numerous ESRC research programmes, NHS R&D committees, and the Disability and Social Care Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He chairs the Ethnicity committee of the ESRC funded English Household Longitudinal Survey (EHLS), and serves on the EHLS’ Scientific Advisory Committee and on the MRC’s National Prevention Initiative.

Professor Ahmed has published papers in the field of sociology of health and social policy and he serves on the editorial boards of Sociology of Health and Illness, Critical Public Health and Health and Social Care in the Community. His latest book (with Hannah Bradby), ‘Ethnicity, Health and Health Care’, was published by Blackwell Publishing (2008).