Dr Davide Pettinato
My interdisciplinary work aims to break new ground at the interface between Islamic/British Muslim Studies and Environmental Humanities/Development Studies.
The second strand of my work looks at the discourses and practices of (British) Muslim INGOs/charities.
Alongside my academic work, I have several years’ experience of working in/with British Muslim NGOs in a research capacity, during which I compiled several impact-oriented reports. Recently, I have also contributed to organise (with the Muslims in Britain Research Network, MBRN) the first academic/practitioners conference on this topic (“British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum”)
On the teaching side, t
My research interests include exploring:
- (British) Muslim charities and INGOs, with a focus on their relationship with the Islamic tradition, their values, and the modes of civic engagement they promote
My two most recent projects are:
(i) “British Imams going green”. In this ongoing project (with Professor Rob Gleave as the PI; supported by the University of Exeter’s ESRC-Impact Acceleration Account) I am working with leading Muslim institutions of faith-literate learning in the UK (Cambridge Muslim College; Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn) to develop a framework for equipping British Imams with the knowledge and skills necessary to act as role models for environmental awareness and climate action within Muslim communities. Through a pioneering collaboration with partners in Geography (Professor Timothy Lenton; Dr Saffron O'Neill), this timely, impact-oriented project not only promotes a dialogue between the Islamic tradition and climate science/strategies for climate action; but also, aims to co-produce and pilot faith-literate and scientifically up-to-date educational resources on this topic
PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies. University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Thesis: “Understanding the Discourse of British Muslim NGOs: Islamic Relief and MADE as Case Studies”
MLitt in Islamic Studies (Distinction). University of Aberdeen / Al Maktoum College of Higher Education, Dundee
MSc in Applied Biology (Distinction. 110/110 cum laude). University of Pavia, Italy
BSc in Biology (Distinction. 110/110 cum laude). University of Pavia, Italy