RACE.ED is a cross-university network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective.

RACE.ED showcases excellence in teaching, research and knowledge, exchange, impact (KEI) in race and decolonial studies at The University of Edinburgh.

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Brings together researchers and academics from a range of disciplines across The University of Edinburgh


Modules with a focus on race, plus a new interdisciplinary course on race, racialization and decoloniality for 2021

Podcast: Undersong

A local and global platform to exchange critical thought around race and the making of worlds otherwise


RACE.ED and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power have published a new collection of essays exploring racial justice work in higher education, titled Advancing Racial Equality in Higher Education. The collection follows on from the event “Racial Equity Work in the University and Beyond: The Race Equality Charter in Context”, which explored what racial equality means in higher education and was organized following publication of the report of a large-scale review of the Race Equality Charter.

It’s been an immense privilege to be part of the founding team of RACE.ED, first as Director and then as a network member this past year under the stewardship of its present co-Directors Dr Katucha Bento and Dr Shaira Vadasaria and administrator Michaelagh Broadbent. 

This year RACE.ED brought forward global discussions on the historical and on-going legacies of race and colonialism in contemporary politics from Brazil, France, Palestine, Lebanon and Turtle Island, among other countries.

Discussions of contemporary white supremacy are seemingly everywhere: the election of Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrection, the murder of George Floyd, Brexit, the rise of the Alternative Right and white supremacist violence, and the coordinated efforts to deny racism and not educate children about the history and contemporary reality of race.

Nakba is an Arabic word, roughly translating to ‘catastrophe’ and is the word Palestinians use to talk about the appropriation of land and expulsion and exile of over 800,000 people during the partition of Palestine to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

On 7 March 2023, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, escalating the rhetoric on and punitive approach to migration, asylum and refugees, announced the ‘Illegal Migration Bill’ and strategy to stop migrants crossing the Channel in small boats by arresting, detaining, deporting and banning those caught.

Watch our RACE.ED 2nd Anniversary Video

To mark the second anniversary of RACE.ED and to share more about the network, Dr Katucha Bento and Dr Shaira Vadasaria, Lecturers in Race and Decolonial Studies in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, discuss what RACE.ED is, what it aims to do, the collaborative nature of its work, and more as they step up as RACE.ED Co-Directors.