Jagbir Jhutti-Johal


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have supervised a thesis on
• Issues of Religious Diversity affecting Visible minority ethnic personnel in the workplace
• A historical and theological evaluation of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925
Currently supervising
• Religion and Development – Faith-based organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Sikh Identity and practice: Re-examining the reconstruction of Sikh Identity and practice during 1880-1886
• ‘Dharam Nibhoana: The Duty of a Sikh’

I am happy to supervise in a range of topics:

Sikh Studies
Ethnic Minorities, Religion and Law
South Asian Diasporas
Gender Studies
Religion, Racialization and Mistaken Identity
Religion in Contemporary Society
Religion and Peacebuilding


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Personal profile


I studied in the Department of Anthropology and History at University College London where I completed my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Social Anthropology.  I then went to Oxford University where I completed my DPhil in Social Anthropology entitled A study of changes in marriage practices among the Sikhs of Britain.

Before coming to Birmingham in 2002, I was working at the University of Oxford has a Research Assistant on a project commisioned by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice) looking at public law proceedings concerned with the care and protection of children focusing, in particular, on race and ethnicity in the Family Justice System.

Research interests

My main research areas:

  • Sikhs and the Law, especially with reference to the impact on identity
  • Gender Studies and Sikhi - focus on gender inequality and contemporary issues of such as female foeticide, sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • Racialization and mistaken identity post 9/11.
  • Sikhi and Science, especially questions about scientific advances in reproductive technologies, cloning and genetic engineering, but also how the body is viewed, especially within Sikhism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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