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Steering Committee

Co-directors

Shaira Vadasaria and Tana Forrest – Co-ordinate and host speakers and support RACE.ED events in collaboration with network members and presenters from outwith the University. Support management and organization of RACE.ED calendar of events; one-off events; and co-sponsored activities.

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    Dr Shaira Vadasaria

    Shaira Vadasaria is a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Sociology.…

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    Dr Tana Forrest

    Tana is a Teaching Fellow in Sociology with a focus on race, ethnicity and decolonial…

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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.

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Dr Tana Forrest

Tana is a Teaching Fellow in Sociology with a focus on race, ethnicity and decolonial thought. She has experience teaching across multiple contexts (South Africa, Britain and the United States) in the areas of race, gender, capitalism, medical anthropology and qualitative research methods. Tana also works as a consultant on issues of gender and development with a focus on feminist philanthropy and young feminist-led activism.

Her research and teachings are interdisciplinary, exploring Race and Racialisation, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Postcoloniality, Black Feminism, Sociology of Gender, Kinship, Racial capitalism, Visual Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Latinx phenomenology.

Affiliates Leads

Radhika Govinda, Sarah Liu and Emily Sena – Connect to and help collaborate with affiliates and allied internal networks including: BAME network, Liberate.ED and EUSA, GENDER.ED, Edinburgh Race Equality Network, Womxn of Color and Gender Minority Network, Race and Inclusivity in Global Network (RIGEN) and UncoverED.

  • Radhika Govinda

    Dr Radhika Govinda

    Radhika Govinda’s research and teaching bridge the sociology of gender, international development and South Asian…

  • Sarah Liu

    Dr Sarah Liu

    Currently a Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the  School of Social and Political Science at the University of…

  • Emily Sena

    Dr Emily Sena

    Emily Sena is a neuroscientist, meta-research scientist and Stroke Association funded senior lecturer in the…

Radhika Govinda

Dr Radhika Govinda

Radhika Govinda’s research and teaching bridge the sociology of gender, international development and South Asian studies. Her work examines questions of gender and intersectional politics in women’s movements, in development policies and practice, in everyday social relations, and in the global dynamics of knowledge production.

As a woman of colour academic from the global south who is passionate about teaching and feminism, she has a keen interest in intersectional pedagogy and decolonising feminist classrooms.

Sarah Liu

Dr Sarah Liu

Currently a Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the  School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh , Dr Sarah Liu’s research focuses on the cross-national comparison of gender and politics, specifically the ways contexts shape the gender gap in political attitudes and activities.

She has published in leading social science journals and contributes to and appears on national and international media regularly to engage the wider public.

Emily Sena

Dr Emily Sena

Emily Sena is a neuroscientist, meta-research scientist and Stroke Association funded senior lecturer in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS).

She is also co-convenor of the university’s Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN), a member of the Race Equality and Anti-Racist (REAR) Sub-committee and highly committed to engendering and facilitating an anti-racist culture across our campus.

Cross-discipline Leads

Rowena Arshad, Sharon Cowan, Thabani Mutambasere, Mohini Gray, Daryl Green, Marlies Kustatscher, rashné limiki, Richard Oosterhoff, Jingyi Li and Shadaab Rahemtulla – Help support connectivity and inter-disciplinarity by identifying colleagues and activity that RACE.ED may collaborate with across the University.

  • Rowena Arshad

    Prof Rowena Arshad

    Rowena’s research and teaching focusses on raising awareness of how racism operates at an institutional,…

  • Sharon Cowan

    Prof Sharon Cowan

    Sharon Cowan is a professor of feminist and queer legal studies at the university of…

  • Mohini Gray

    Dr Mohini Gray

    Mohini Gray is an honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Immunologist and Reader at the Centre for Inflammation…

  • Daryl Green FSA

    Daryl Green (FSA)

    Daryl is the Head of Special Collections, which include rare books, photographs, manuscripts, personal papers,…

  • Dr Marlies Kustatscher

    Dr Marlies Kustatscher

    Marlies Kustatscher’s research focuses on children and young people’s experiences of intersecting inequalities (race, class,…

  • Dr Jingyi Li

    Dr Jingyi Li

    Jingyi is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director for MSc Education (All Pathways) in…

  • Rrashné Limki

    Dr rashné limki

    Rashné is lecturer of Work and Organisation Studies. academic thinking and writing focuses mainly on…

  • Thabani Mutambasere

    Dr Thabani Mutambasere

    I am a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the Centre of African…

  • Dr Richard Oosterhoff

    Dr Richard Oosterhoff

    Richard Oosterhoff is a lecturer of early modern history, with a focus on intellectual and…

  • Shadaab Rahemtulla

    Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla

    Shadaab Rahemtulla is Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University…

Rowena Arshad

Prof Rowena Arshad

Rowena’s research and teaching focusses on raising awareness of how racism operates at an institutional, cultural and individual level.

She also works with policy makers, educators (school, further and higher education) to put in place action and strategies that delivers for racial equality.

Sharon Cowan

Prof Sharon Cowan

Sharon Cowan is a professor of feminist and queer legal studies at the university of Edinburgh. She is an LGBTQ advocate for students, and teach criminal law and asylum and refugee law and policy.

She recently completed a literature and case review of the use of sexual history evidence in sexual offences trials in Scotland (for the EHRC). She is the co-convener of the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project @ScottishFemJP. She is currently engaged in a study about the impact of equality laws and policies on trans people; and a project on the way that universities deal with allegations of sexual assault and misconduct on campus.

Mohini Gray

Dr Mohini Gray

Mohini Gray is an honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Immunologist and Reader at the Centre for Inflammation Research (CIR). She is passionate about ensuring BAME students reach their full potential whilst having the best possible experience at Edinburgh University.

Together with EUSA she is setting up a BAME student mentoring scheme, which is part of the Edinburgh Diversity and Inclusion Network (EDIN) she helped to develop.

Daryl Green FSA

Daryl Green (FSA)

Daryl is the Head of Special Collections, which include rare books, photographs, manuscripts, personal papers, and the University archive.

He leads on academic engagement with the University’s cultural heritage collections and his area of academic work is in the early cultures of the book. He is also lead on the exhibition programming for the University’s Main Library gallery and future online exhibitions.

Dr Marlies Kustatscher

Dr Marlies Kustatscher

Marlies Kustatscher’s research focuses on children and young people’s experiences of intersecting inequalities (race, class, gender, ethnicity, age); interdisciplinary, arts-based approaches to activism and social change; and children and young people’s human rights and participation in research, practice and policy-making.

She is using qualitative methods, including participatory action research, ethnographic research and arts-based approaches.

Dr Jingyi Li

Dr Jingyi Li

Jingyi is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director for MSc Education (All Pathways) in the Moray House School of Education. She is teaching, and course organising the Curriculum: Context, Change and Development, and has taught courses relating to education policy, comparative and international education. She also actively work with the ethnic minority community in Scotland to promote heritage languages.

Her research interest lies in curriculum studies, citizenship education and international education policy development. She is currently engaged in a project exploring the experience of BAME children and families in education in Scotland.

Rrashné Limki

Dr rashné limki

Rashné is lecturer of Work and Organisation Studies. academic thinking and writing focuses mainly on the ethics and politics of work in a global context.

In particular, rashné is interested in the role of difference (primarily, race and gender) in the emergence and distribution of new forms of work. More recently, thinking about the eugenicist underpinnings of discourses on technology.

Thabani Mutambasere

Dr Thabani Mutambasere

I am a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the Centre of African Studies. My research interests include but are not limited to African diasporas, particularly how they contribute to their countries of origin via non-economic routes such as politics, development (charity), and humanitarianism.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I worked on an ESRC/AHRC-funded project that sought to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective on food security to, firstly, further understand the role played by mobility and migration and, secondly, to better account for the influence of food norms and practices, or food cultures.

I have also done work on displacement and social protection focussing specifically on the humanitarian-development nexus and how we can expand the inclusion of displaced people in social protection programmes or systems. Additionally, I have worked on projects investigating diaspora humanitarianism with a focus on the African diaspora.

I also spent a few years working as a practitioner in the international development sector specifically on governance and civic education.

Dr Richard Oosterhoff

Dr Richard Oosterhoff

Richard Oosterhoff is a lecturer of early modern history, with a focus on intellectual and scientific cultures, based in the Department of History.

His work on race comes out of teaching on early modern European efforts between 1400 and 1800 to racialise accounts of human nature using new scientific and geographical frameworks.

Shadaab Rahemtulla

Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla

Shadaab Rahemtulla is Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

A Muslim liberation theologian, Shadaab’s primary interest lies in the relationship between religion, power, and resistance, exploring how religious texts can be (re)interpreted to challenge structures of social domination, including poverty, racism, patriarchy, and empire.

Early Career Leads

Ashlee Christoffersen – Helps connect to early career activity across the university, spanning doctorial and post-doctoral activity and identifying ways RACE.ED can support and collaborate.

  • Dr Ashlee Christoffersen

    Dr Ashlee Christoffersen

    Ashlee’s research is concerned with the historic and contemporary operationalisation of the Black feminist theory of…

Dr Ashlee Christoffersen

Dr Ashlee Christoffersen

Ashlee’s research is concerned with the historic and contemporary operationalisation of the Black feminist theory of intersectionality in equality policy and practice: its possibilities, and resistance to it. She also has an interest in intersectional research methodology.

As Research Fellow on the Gender Equalities at Work project she explores UK gender equality legislation, with a focus on its relationship to race equality legislation, and the influence (and silencing) of Black and women of colour theory and activism.

Teaching Programs Leads

Shaira Vadasaria and Katucha Bento – Lead the development of the 2020-2021 in practice race module and scale up to the large cross-university Understanding Race in Contemporary Society in 2021-2022

  • Dr Katucha Bento

    Dr Katucha Bento

    Katucha is a political sociologist focussing on topics around Black diaspora, affective economy, Brazilian institutions,…

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    Dr Shaira Vadasaria

    Shaira Vadasaria is a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Sociology.…

Dr Katucha Bento

Dr Katucha Bento

Katucha is a political sociologist focussing on topics around Black diaspora, affective economy, Brazilian institutions, nation, and intersectional oppressions.

Her research and teachings are interdisciplinary, exploring Black Feminism, Critical Race Studies, Decolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Rhetorical Analysis and Education.

sv photo - July 2022

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.

Support, Web and Communications Leads

Claire Edminson and Gordon Coutts – Help maintain and update the web platform, and promote RACE.ED through social media communications channel internally and externally.

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    Claire Edminson

    Claire is the Network Coordinator for RACE.ED, providing support behind the scenes with events, social…

  • Gordon Coutts

    Gordon Coutts

    Gordon is Head of Communications and Engagement in the School of Social and Political Science…

Photo of Claire Edminson

Claire Edminson

Claire is the Network Coordinator for RACE.ED, providing support behind the scenes with events, social media, communications, the Steering Committee and more.

Gordon Coutts

Gordon Coutts

Gordon is Head of Communications and Engagement in the School of Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh.

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