Rupa Huq was elected MP for Ealing Central and Acton in the 2015 general election. Her first book, Beyond Subculture: Pop, youth and identity in a postcolonial world, was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize and she was Deputy Mayoress of the London Borough of Ealing from 2010 to 2011.
Rupa has lived for most of her life in suburbia apart from periods studying at Cambridge and Strasbourg Universities and working as a lecturer at the University of Manchester and Kingston University. Her research interests include youth culture, pop music and urban/suburban relations. Her latest book is On the Edge: The contested cultures of English suburbia. Her interests outside work include DJ-ing and local politics.