ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
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Green(ing) British Muslims: Towards an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, co-produced framework

Project team

Dr Davide Pettinato
Research and Outreach Associate
University of Cambridge (HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies)

The Project

Through this project, I start exploring the form and content of various kinds of environmental action undertaken by British Muslim organisations of different types. To do so, I will produce a series of interview podcasts with key representatives of these organisations. Through these podcasts, the project aims to raise awareness—both among British Muslims and in the mainstream environmental sector—about the diversity of environmental action found among Muslims in the UK.


The project innovatively integrates insights and theoretical frameworks from sustainability transition studies and the sociology of Islam in the UK. The interview podcast format is chosen both as a means for engagement with knowledge-holders and for communication to wider audiences; as well as a key component of the research cycle (Mollett et al 2017). Interview podcasts will be conducted online and uploaded on the project’s YouTube channel. A briefing paper synthesizing key findings will also be produced.

Guiding Principles

The project embeds ACCESS Guiding Principles by

  1. Contributing to address the deep-seated lack of ethno-religious minority voices in conversations about environmental action, by engaging the largest ethno-religious minority group in the UK (British Muslims) around this theme
  2. Pursuing knowledge co-production, by approaching the podcast participants not just as ‘stakeholders’ but as ‘knowledge-holders’
  3. Avoiding travel-related environmental impacts, by conducting the podcasts online
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