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Academic publications

This page contains a chronologically ordered list of peer reviewed articles and working papers (Google Citation Index):

  1. Lever, J. & Fischer, J. (2018) Kosher and Halal Business Compliance, Routledge.
  2. Lever, J. and Fischer, J. (2018Religion, Regulation and Consumption: Globalising Kosher and HalalManchester, UK: Manchester University Press | Introduction available here.
  3. Knight, J., Lever, J. & Thompson, A. (2017) Labour, Mobility and Temporary Migration: A Comparative Study of Polish Migration to Wales. Cardiff, South Glamorgan: University of Wales Press.
  4. Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J. (2015) Halal Matters: Islam, politics and markets in global perspective London, UK: Routledge | Introduction available here.
Journal Articles 
  1. Lever, J., Vandeventer, J. and Miele, M. (2022) The ontological politics of kosher food: between strict orthodoxy and global markets, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space
  2. Lever, J., Blake, M., Newton, D. & Downing, G. (2022) Working across boundaries in regional place-based food systems: Triggering transformation in a time of crisis, Cities
  3. Fuseini, A., Teye, M., and Lever, J. (2022) An update on halal slaughter: Current methods and ongoing research on halal meat production techniques and their implications for animal welfare, Animal Welfare, 31 (2), p. 269-276 
  4. Lever, J. and Sonnino, R. (2022) Food system transformation for sustainable city-regions: exploring the potential of circular economies, Regional Studies
  5. Cheetham, F. and Lever, J. (2021) People, power and politics: Developing a public sect1. or sharing economy, Geoforum, 126, 244-252
  6. Fuseini, A. and Lever, J. (2021) Sustainable livestock agriculture from Islamic perspective, CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 16 (26)
  7. Lever, J. (2020) Understanding halal food production and consumption in 'the West'. Beyond dominant narrative, Cambio. Revista Sulle Transformazioni, 10 (19) 89-102 
  8. Lever, J., Sonnino, R. and Cheetham, F. (2019) Reconfiguring local food governance in an age of austerity: towards a place-based approach? Journal of Rural Studies
  9. Lever, J. (2019) Halal meat and religious slaughter: from spatial concealment to social controversy – breaching the boundaries of the permissible? Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  10. Refai, D., Haloub, R. and Lever, J. (2018) Contextualizing entrepreneurial identity among Syrian refugees in Jordan: The emergence of a destabilized habitus? Special Issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  11. Lever, J., and Powell, R. (2017) 'Problems of involvement and detachment': Norbert Elias and the investigation of contemporary social processes, in Human Figurations, 6(2)
  12. McElwee, G., Smith, R. and Lever, J (2017) Illegal activity in the UK halal (sheep) supply chain: towards greater understanding, in Food Policy, 69
  13. Knight, J.,  Thompson, A. and Lever, J. (2017) Network Evolution during Long-term Migration: A comparison of three case studies in the South Wales region, in Social Identities: for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.
  14. Lever, J. (2016) From the present to the past and back again: Wacquant's challenge for sociology (Lo├»c Wacquant Commentaries), People, Place and Policy Online, 10(2) pp. 183-184.
  15. Lever, J. and Milbourne, P. (2015) ‘The structural invisibility of outsiders: the role of migrant labour in the meat-processing industry’, published on-line first 23 December: Open Access in Sociology.
  16. Powell, R. and Lever, J. (2015) Europe’s perennial "outsiders": A processual approach to Roma stigmatization and ghettoization, in Current Sociology
  17. Knight, J., Lever, J. and Thompson, A. (2014) The Experience of Polish Migrants in the Welsh Labour Market: A comparison of three regions in South Wales, in Central & Eastern European Migration Review, December 2014
  18. Lever, J. and Milbourne P. (2014) Migrant workers and migrant entrepreneurs: changing established/outsider relations across society and space?, in Space and Polity, Vol. 18, No. 3, 255–268
  19. Lever, J. and Smith, I. (2013) 'Learning to build sustainable communities: an interdependency network perspective', in People, Place and Policy On-line 7 (3), December
  20. Lever, J. (2013) ‘The postliberal politics of halal: new trajectories in the civilizing process?’, in a special issue of Human Figurations 2 (3), November
  21. Miele, M. and Lever, J. (2013) Civilizing the market for welfare friendly products in Europe? The techno-ethics of the Welfare Quality Assessment, Geoforum 48 (2013) pp. 63–72
  22. Lever J. and Miele, M. (2012) The growth of Halal meat markets in Europe: an exploration of the supply side theory of religion’, Journal of Rural Studies 28 (4) pp. 528-537.
  23. Howard, J. and Lever, J. (2011) 'New Governance Spaces': what generates a participatory disposition in different contexts?, Voluntary Sector Review, Vol. 2 (1).
  24. Lever, J. (2011) ‘Urban regeneration partnerships: a figurational critique of governmentality theory’, in Sociology 45 (1).
  25. Taylor, M., Howard, J. and Lever, J. (2010) Citizen Participation and Civic Activism in Comparative Perspective, The Journal of Civil Society 6 (2).
  26. Shaftoe, H., Turksen, U., Lever, J. and Williams, S., (2007) Dealing with terrorist threats through a crime prevention and community safety approach, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Vol. 9 (4).
  27. Lever, J. (2005) Governmentalisation and Local Strategic Partnerships: whose priorities? Environment and Planning C, Government and Policy: Vol. 23 (6).
Book Chapters
  1. Lever, J. and Fuseini, A. (2022) Halal Slaughter, in Routledge Handbook of Islamic Ritual and Practice. Leaman, O. (ed.). 1st ed. Routledge
  2. Miele, M., Lever, J. & Evans, A., (2020) Establishing a Dialogue Between ‘Science, Society and Religion’ about Religious Slaughter: The Experience of the European Funded Project DIALREL, in The Halal Food Handbook. Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Spear, S. & H. A. Abd El-Rahim, I. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell
  3. Pointing, J., Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., Lever, J., Critchley, M. & Spear, S. (2020) Food Fraud, in The Halal Food Handbook. Al-Teinaz, Y. R., Spear, S. & El-Rahim, I. H. A. A. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell
  4. Ramadan Al-Teinaz, Y., M. Regenstein, J., Lever, J., A. and Unsdorfer, S. (2020), The Halal and Kosher Food Experience in the UK, The Halal Food Handbook. Al-Teinaz, Y. R., Spear, S. & El-Rahim, I. H. A. A. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell
  5. Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2017) Ballet for the Sun King: Power, Talent and Organisation’, in The Social Organisation of Marketing: a figurational approach. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  6. Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2018) Paralysing Rebellion: Figurations, Celebrity, and Power in Elite Talent Management, in Managing Talent: Understanding Critical Perspectives, Adamsen, B. and Swailes, S. (Eds.) Palgrave Macmillan.
  7. Lever, J. and Evans, A. (2016) Corporate social responsibility and farm animal welfare: towards sustainable development in the food industry?, in Corporate Social Responsibility: Academic Insights and Impacts. London, UK: Springer.
  8. Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J.(2015) ‘Introduction: Studying the politics of global halal markets’, in Halal Matters: Islam, politics and markets in global perspective, Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J.(Eds.), London, UK: Routledge, pp.1-18. 
  9. Lever, J (2015) Reimagining Malaysia – a postliberal halal strategy?, in Halal Matters: Islam, politics and markets in global perspective, Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J.(Eds.) London, UK: Routledge. pp. 19-37.
  10. Lever, J.and Anil, H. (2015) ‘From an implicit to an explicit understanding; new definitions of Halal in Turkey’, in Halal Matters: Islam, politics and markets in global perspective. Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J.(Eds.), London, UK: Routledge. pp. 38-54.
  11. Attar, M., Lohi, K. and Lever, J. (2015) ‘Remembering the spirit of halal: an Iranian perspective’, in Halal Matters: Islam, politics and markets in global perspective. Bergeaud-Blackler, F., Fischer, J. and Lever, J.(Eds.) London, UK: Routledge. pp. 55-71.
  12. Lever, J., Wood, A., Meaton, J. and Mswaka, W. (2014) ‘PRME and The Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities at the University of Huddersfield,’ in Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. 
  13. Miele, M. and Lever, J. (2014) Improving Animal Welfare in Europe: Cases of comparative bio-sustainabilities, in Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm, Marsden, T. and Morely, A. (eds.) Earthscan
Working papers
  1. Taylor, M., Howard, J., Harris, V., Mateeva, A., Miller, C., Petrov, R., and Serra, L. (2009) ‘Dilemmas of engagement: the experience of non-governmental actors in new governance spaces’, NGPA Research Paper 31.
  2. Grimshaw, L. and Lever, J. (2008)  ‘Citizens’ participation in policy-making [in Europe]’, CINEFOGO Working Paper.
  3. Lever, J. (2006) ‘Mainstreaming Regeneration’, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Sustainable Communities Working Paper.