PROFESSOR LORD BHIKHU PAREKH

Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Hull

Educated at the Universities of Bombay and London, Lord Bhikhu Parekh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster. He has been teaching at the University of Hull since 1964, and is also a visiting professor at several international institutions. He was Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality from 1985 to 1990, and chaired the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, whose report (the Parekh Report) was published in 2000. He has also authored ten widely acclaimed books on political philosophy which have been translated into 15 languages.

Lord Parekh’s main academic interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought, social theory, ancient and modern Indian political thought, and the philosophy of ethnic relations.

He has received many awards throughout his career including the Distinguished Global Thinker Award by the India International Centre Delhi (2006) and the Padma Bhushan honours in the 2007 Indian Republic Day Honours list.

Lord Parekh brings considerable expertise in minority communities to the Board.