I’m a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University where my research specialism has chiefly been youth culture and pop music. I had a book out in 2006 on some of these themes called “Beyond Subculture”. Previously I was a lecturer at University of Manchester during which time I held a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship.
After a first degree at Cambridge, I did my my PhD at University of East London comparing youff in East London and the Alsace region of France and included a stint at Strasbourg II University throughout which I also worked for a Labour MEP.
I was the Labour parliamentary candidate in Chesham and Amersham in the 2005 general election and I also stood for Labour in the 2004 European election in the North West. Following the last local government elections I became Deputy Mayoress of the London Borough of Ealing.
In 2006 I organised a major conference on New Labour in Power.
Although I’m not the most famous Huq, I’ve dabbled in the media starting with an appearance on the BBC Schools series Look and Read when I was 8. Since then I have appeared on Channel S, Bangla TV (in Bengali) as well as Channel 4 News and BBC News 24. Radio-wise have been on the Today programme on Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and BBC Asian Network. I’ve also narrated a couple of documentaries: Channel 4’s Schools at Work and BBC 1 ‘s Boyz Allowed on the subject of Muslim Hip-hop. In print I have a column regularly in Tribune. I have also contributed to the Times Higher Education Supplement and Guardian.
I also have some ability at spinning the wheels of steel and have turned my hand to gigs as a DJ at various venues from Manchester’s OKasional cafe to the Contact theatre, doing weddings and can stretch to all sorts of venues and locations eg in Ghent at a happening financed by the Belgian government. I once recorded a jingle in Bengali for the late great John Peel. The main hook was “jow Jonnie jow”!
I’m a West Londonder through and through: born at the old Queen Charlottes Hospital in Hammersmith and have lived in Ealing since going home from there. In late 2013 I was adopted as the Labour Party candidate in the seat I grew up and went to school in, Ealing Central and Acton.