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05 February 2020

Navigating the White research space: Experiences of BME Researchers

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The workshop will focus on identifying, and generating solutions to, the challenges and barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) researchers.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Social Policy Association (SPA).

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Date: Wednesday 5 February, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Room CLG55, Tait Building, City University, London, EC1V 0HB

Guest speakers:

Fatima Husain, Director of Children and Families at the National Centre for Social Research

Dr Aminul Hoque MBE, Lecturer in Education at Goldsmith College, University of London

The aim of the workshop is to use an ‘open space’ research method to collect preliminary group-level data on the experiences of BME researchers working in predominantly White spaces. To do this, the workshop will ask attendees to contribute to:

  • Highlighting the specific challenges and barriers that arise for BME researchers;
  • Exploring ways in which challenges and barriers impact the work of BME researchers;
  • Establishing an advisory group, for support and continued development going forward.

This workshop will allow us to:

  • explore the ways in which current notions of ‘whiteness’ and ‘Britishness’ are related to barriers faced by BME researchers in being equal social actors in White research spaces; and
  • consider how these barriers are related to the effectiveness of wider social policies at combatting inequalities that are embedded into society.

This workshop will also include two special guest speakers, Fatima Husain and Dr Aminul Hoque MBE, who will be sharing their experiences of working in White spaces in academia, policy and the charity sector.

Lunch will be provided. 

Approximately ten travel grants are available for attendees from unwaged / low-income backgrounds. The deadline for applications is 31st Dec 2019.

For further information about the event or the travel grant, please email Bethany Thompson at

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