Rupa Huq

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Dr
Rupa Huq
Native name রূপা আশা হক
Born Rupa Asha Huq
(1972-04-02) 2 April 1972 (age 42)
Hammersmith, London, England
Residence Ealing, London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Education BA Political and Social Sciences and Law, PhD Cultural Studies
Alma mater Cambridge University
University of East London
Occupation Writer, columnist, politician, senior lecturer, music DJ
Employer Kingston University
Home town Ealing
Political party
Labour
Religion Islam
Children Rafi (son)
Parents Muhammad Huq (father)
Roshan Ara Huq (mother)
Relatives Nutun Huq (sister)
Konnie Huq (sister)
Awards Bangladeshi Achievment
Website
www.rupahuq.co.uk

Rupa Asha Huq (Bengali: রূপা আশা হক; born 2 April 1972) is an English writer, columnist, Labour Party politician, senior lecturer in sociology at Kingston University and former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing. In November 2013, she was chosen as the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton constituency at the 2015 UK general election.

Early life[edit]

Huq's father, Muhammad Muszuddin Abedul Huq (born 1936),[1][2] and mother, Roshan Ara Huq, came to Britain in the 1960s so their children could have good opportunities and a higher level of education than if they stayed in Bangladesh.[1] Huq's father was training to become an actuary for Prudential, however gave it up to start an Indian restaurant in Soho, London. After the recession of the early 1990s the council did not renew the restaurant's lease so the business folded. He started another restaurant in Harrow but has since retired.[3]

Huq was born in Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, London, England. At the age of eight, she made her first media appearance on the BBC Schools series Look and Read.[4]

Huq attended Notting Hill & Ealing High School. In 1993, she graduated with a 2:1 in BA Political and Social Sciences and Law from Cambridge University. In 1999, she completed a PhD in cultural studies thesis on youth culture at the University of East London,[5] comparing young people in East London and the Alsace region of France,[6] which included being a post-graduate at Strasbourg II University in France during which time she also worked at the European Parliament for the Labour Party,[7] shadowing Labour MEP Carole Tongue.[8]

Career[edit]

Education[edit]

In 1998 Huq moved to Manchester[8] From 1998 to 2004, She was a lecturer at University of Manchester,[5] during which she held a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship.[9]

Since September 2004, Huq was a senior lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Kingston University[6] in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.[9] She also teaches Media and Cultural Studies.[10]

Writing[edit]

Huq has a column in Tribune, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, New Statesman, Progress magazine[11] and The Times Higher Education Supplement.[4]

Huq's research specialism has chiefly been youth culture and pop music.[6] In 2006, her book Beyond Subculture: youth, pop and identity in a post-colonial world[12] on these themes was published. It was subsequently one of five titles shortlisted for the 2007 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial prize.[9][7] In May 2012, her second book Making Sense of Suburbia through Popular Culture was published.[1][13] Huq was a contributor to the 2011 book What Next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation, published by Queensferry Publishing.[14]

Politics[edit]

Huq was a researcher for Tony Banks and Patricia Hewitt. In 2004, Huq stood as a parliamentary candidate for Labour in the European Parliament election in the North West.[7][15]

In 2005, she stood as the Labour parliamentary candidate in the safe Conservative seat of Chesham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire (Conservative majority of 11,882) at the 2005 general election.[16] She received 6,610 votes,[15] however, lost to the Conservative candidate Cheryl Gillan who had 11,882 votes.[10]

Huq was one of three Labour candidates campaigning for a council seat in Walpole in the constituency of Ealing.[15] In 2010, after the local elections, she became the Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing for the municipal year 2010[17] – 2011.[18]

On 2 November 2013, Huq was chosen by Labour as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton constituency to challenge Conservative MP Angie Bray at the 2015 UK general election.[10][19][20]

Media[edit]

Her first apperance on TV was in 1980 on the BBC's schools programe holding a teloscope.Huq has appeared on Channel S and Bangla TV as well as Channel 4 News and BBC News 24.[4] On radio, she has been on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Asian Network.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Huq has a son Rafi (born 2004).[21] Her elder sister Nutun is an architect.[22] Her younger sister is former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.[23][24] In 2008, her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer.[25]

She first started DJ-ing for a hospital radio station at the age of 17.[8]

Huq is also a music DJ under the stage name "Dr Huq"[8] and recorded a jingle for John Peel in Bengali.[citation needed]

Books[edit]

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2006 Beyond Subculture: Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial World Bloomsbury Academic ISBN 978-0415278157
2013 Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture Routledge ISBN 978-1780932248
On The Edge: The Contested Cultures of English Suburbia Lawrence and Wishart ISBN 978-1907103728

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Konnie Huq: my family wanted me to marry a Muslim". The Daily Telegraph. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Xtra Factor host Konnie Huq says her father wanted her to marry a Muslim". Mail Online. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Iziren, Adeline (29 May 2010). "Konnie Huq: My family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gates, James (3 June 2010). "Blue Peter star's sister is new deputy mayor". London: Get West London. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Dr Rupa Huq". Kingston University. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dr Rupa Huq". Girls & Digital Culture. Retrieved 1 December 2012.  Rupa Huq
  7. ^ a b c "Dr Rupa Huq". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Spin doctor Rupa aims to be No 1". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Dr Rupa Huq". Kingston University. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Ahmed, Syed Shah Salim (1 December 2013). "Legendary researcher Rupa will be win the next Election 2015". GBNEWS24.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Make Justice Work Ambassador: Rupa Huq". Make Justice Work. 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "On the Edge: The Contested Cultures of English Suburbia by Rupa Huq". Times Higher Education. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Making Sense of Suburbia through Popular Culture". Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  14. ^ What Next for Labour?
  15. ^ a b c Jarvis, Alice-Azania (9 April 2010). "Pandora: 'Blue Peter' Konnie's sister takes red corner". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Roy, Amit (29 April 2009). "Bangla babes rule Britannia". Calcutta: The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  17. ^ Huq, Rupa (28 June 2010). "Why a ceremonial figurehead can mean progress". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Huq, Rupa (13 August 2011). "In Ealing, the sound of the suburbs shedding their leafy reputation". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  19. ^ Russell, Michael (4 November 2013). "Labour pick candidate for Ealing Central and Acton seat". Chiswick: Chiswickw4.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Russell, Michael (7 November 2013). "Ealing Labour pick TV star's sister as their General Election candidate". London: Get West London. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Chesham & Amersham: Rupa Huq (Labour)". Chesham and Amersham. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  22. ^ Bedford, Alice (21 December 2007). "Konnie Huq rides out from Blue Peter". Mail Online. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Rupa lands a left Huq on 'Blair-lite' Cameron". Mail Online. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  24. ^ Saner, Emine (21 November 2006). "Blue Peter Konnie's sister blasts bid to 'spy on Muslim students'". Mail Online. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  25. ^ Saner, Emine (3 June 2009). "Exclusive: Konnie Huq reveals why she became a volunteer". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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