Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

Dr Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

Natasha is the co-ordinator of UncoverED – a collaborative decolonial project researching into the histories of alumni of colour from the Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.  

Her focus so far has been writing profiles on artists of colour who studied at Edinburgh College of Art, tracing the universities links to Black and Brown artists through its history, and the relationship between scientific racists and Edinburgh.

Shaira Vadasaria

Dr Shaira Vadasaria

Shaira Vadasaria is a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Sociology. Her research and teaching draws on interdisciplinary thought attentive to race, law and social regulation in the broader context of settler colonial nation building. Methodologically, Shaira’s research is inspired by the quotidian and ambivalent practices through which displaced and dispossessed communities make claims to life and decoloniality amidst social death.

She has published in edited book collections and journals that include: At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour Theorize Terror, eds. Suvendrini Perera and Sherene H. Razack; Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture; Critical Studies on Security and most recently Oñati Socio-Legal Studies (see ‘1948 to 1951: The racial politics of humanitarianism and return in Palestine’).

Her current book project tends to the representational lives of return in and to Palestine which she read across law, aesthetics, sensory politics and land-based sovereignty movements.

Marisa Wilson

Dr Marisa Wilson

In her research she uses ethnographic, oral history and visual/digital methods to increase understandings of food production and consumption in (post)colonial contexts. Her work on Caribbean food economies (e.g. Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago) illustrates cultural, historical and political economic reasons behind food preferences, agricultural land use and, more recently, the outcomes of nutrition and other interventions aimed at re-localising food.

She is currently exploring the use of digital methods to increase understandings of sugar’s complex and transnational histories and geographies in Scotland and the West Indies.

Dr Sarah Wright

Dr Sarah Wright

A social scientist in lectureship role at the Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO), delivering and contributing to both core and elective courses across the medical sciences undergraduate program, with a focus on the sociology of health and illness, health inequalities, and critical public health.

Supervisor for qualitative final year research projects.