Dr. Waqas Tufail is a scholar activist and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University. His research primarily concerns the policing, racialization, and criminalization of marginalized and minority communities and he has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topics. In addition to his scholarly work Waqas has been an active anti-racist campaigner for a number of years, particularly around the issues of anti-Muslim racism and police harassment and brutality. Waqas is co-founder and joint convenor of the Northern Police Monitoring Project, a community collective that works with and provides a platform for local racial and social justice campaigns.

Waqas joined the board of JUST Yorkshire in December 2016.