Steering Committee

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, 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

Sharon Cowan, Julie Cupples, Rama Salla Dieng, Yvonne Folie, Mohini Gray, Daryl Green, Marlies Kustatscher, rashné limiki, Richard Oosterhoff and Shadaab Rahemtulla – Help support connectivity and inter-disciplinarity by identifying colleagues and activity that RACE.ED may collaborate with across the University.

  • Sharon Cowan

    Prof Sharon Cowan

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

  • Julie Cupples

    Prof Julie Cupples

    Julie Cupples is Professor of Human Geography and Cultural Studies and Head of the Research…

  • Dr Rama Salla Dieng

    Dr Rama Salla Dieng

    Dr Rama Salla Dieng is a Lecturer in Africa and International Development at the Centre…

  • 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

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

  • Rrashné Limki

    Dr Rashné Limki

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

  • 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…

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.

Julie Cupples

Prof Julie Cupples

Julie Cupples is Professor of Human Geography and Cultural Studies and Head of the Research Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment. She works on issues of race, gender and cultural politics in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia and Aoteaora New Zealand.
Dr Rama Salla Dieng

Dr Rama Salla Dieng

Dr Rama Salla Dieng is a Lecturer in Africa and International Development at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Before the University of Edinburgh, she worked for five years in Policy Research at the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and before that she worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mauritius. Rama’s research focuses on agrarian change, feminist political economy and politics of development in Africa.  Rama serves as a member of the Governing Council of the Development Studies Association UK and on the board of the African Studies Association UK.

Rama holds an MSc and a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London and a Double Masters in International Cooperation & Development and Risks Management in Developing Countries, from Science Po Bordeaux- IEP, France. She also holds a Maîtrise in Political Science, Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France.

Rama is the co-editor of a collective book on Feminist Parenting, Perspectives from Africa and Beyond (Demeter Press 2020), and a Lead editor of a forthcoming anthology on Feminisms in Africa (2021), and the author of a novel (La Dernière Lettre, Présence Africaine Paris 2008).

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

Her 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.

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.

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.

Events Lead

Katucha Bento, Nasar Meer (Director of RACE.ED) and Shaira Vadasaria

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.

  • Dr Katucha Bento

    Dr Katucha Bento

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

  • Nasar Meer

    Nasar Meer

    Nasar works across a number of related topics that include race and social theory, public…

  • Shaira Vadasaria

    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.

Nasar Meer

Nasar Meer

Nasar works across a number of related topics that include race and social theory, public policy and how collective membership is conceived and operationalised at city and national levels, as well as theories of action that explain self-definition and political participation.

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.

Early Career Leads

Ashlee Christoffersen and Daniel Kyereko – Help 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 Daniel Kyereko

    Dr Daniel Kyereko

    Daniel is a recipient of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Research fellowship currently…

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.

Dr Daniel Kyereko

Dr Daniel Kyereko

Daniel is a recipient of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Research fellowship currently working with the Institute for Education, Community and Society (IECS).

His research interests include immigrant education, multiculturalism from an African perspective, Marginalization and migrant integration and Social Justice and Inclusion.

Teaching Programs Lead

Shaira Vadasaria, Nasar Meer and Katucha Bento – Lead the development of the 2020-2021 in practice race module before scaling 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,…

  • Nasar Meer

    Nasar Meer

    Nasar works across a number of related topics that include race and social theory, public…

  • Shaira Vadasaria

    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.

Nasar Meer

Nasar Meer

Nasar works across a number of related topics that include race and social theory, public policy and how collective membership is conceived and operationalised at city and national levels, as well as theories of action that explain self-definition and political participation.

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.

Support

Joe Burrell – Create, maintain and update the RACE.ED Sharepoint, mail list, organise the termly Steering Group Meetings including preparation and circulation of agendas and minutes. Help support action points and assist with budget/finance, invoices etc.

Web and Communications Leads

Clare de Mowbray, Michaelagh Broadbent, Jennifer Chambers and Gordon Coutts – Help maintain and update the RACE.ED website (adding functionality, content, new pages and member profiles). Promote RACE.ED through social media channels internally and externally.

  • Michaelagh Broadbent

    Michaelagh Broadbent

    Michaelagh works as Editorial Officer for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. She coordinates the Identities…

  • Joe Burrell

  • Jen Chambers

    Jen Chambers

    Jen works as Media and Communications Assistant in the SPS Communications and Engagement team. She…

  • clare de mowbray

    Clare de Mowbray

    Clare works in the SPS Communications and Engagement team. She’s involved with research project website…

Michaelagh Broadbent

Michaelagh Broadbent

Michaelagh works as Editorial Officer for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. She coordinates the Identities blog site, social media and events, in addition to the day-to-day administration for the journal. Michaelagh supports RACE.ED’s digital communications by coordinating blogs and the RACE.ED newsletter.

Joe Burrell

Jen Chambers

Jen Chambers

Jen works as Media and Communications Assistant in the SPS Communications and Engagement team. She shares the stories of the School through its news page and social media, supports the team’s work on student communications, internal communications and student recruitment, and provides comms support to academic colleagues. She supports RACE.ED in creating and scheduling its social media content.

clare de mowbray

Clare de Mowbray

Clare works in the SPS Communications and Engagement team. She’s involved with research project website design, digital comms and knowledge exchange. She designed the RACE.ED website and is responsible for development and updates.

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