Patrick Thewlis

Research Officer

Patrick is a quantitative research officer working with Professor Masooda Bano on the Changing Structures of Islamic Authority project. He holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford, and a BA in History & Archaeology from the University of Southampton.

Working under Professor Bano, he is using a range of survey data and econometric analyses to help understand the impact of various socio-political issues on Muslim religiosity in the West. In particular, he is hoping to examine the factors associated with the decisions of young Muslims and their families to enroll in madrasas. 

Prior to starting on the project, his research focused on the social determinants of intimate partner violence (IPV), combining political economy and gender-relations theory with quantitative empirical analysis of survey data concerning violence against women (EU-FRA 2012). His MSc thesis utilised a multilevel analysis to examine the political economy of IPV in Europe, focusing both on the individual-specific and country-level factors associated with physical/sexual violence across the 28 European Union Member States.