Munira Mirza is an adviser on arts and philanthropy. She was deputy mayor for Education and Culture at the Greater London Authority. She has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange, and Tate. In 2009 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. She has written extensively about cultural and social policy in the UK. Munira is a member of the boards of the Royal Opera House and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Munira is also a founding supporter of Change Britain, a cross party campaign set up to make a success of Britain’s exit from the EU.
The Politics of Culture: The case for universalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)
Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism (Policy Exchange, 2007)
Culture Vultures: Is UK Arts Policy Damaging the Arts? (ed.) (Policy Exchange, 2006)
Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city?
"The Battle of Ideas is a weekend like no other. I found the 2011 festival immensely stimulating. It gave me a great deal to think about, and a whole new list of books to read - from Virgil to Vygotsky. On to greater battles in 2012!"
Ken Macleod, award-winning science fiction writer; author, The Restoration Game and Intrusion