This a website dedicated to a London School of Economics and Political Science funded project entitled ‘Race in the Academy’. The project is an exploration into experiences of race at the LSE and barriers to creating a more inclusive organisation. Particularly we examine why the LSE does not attract or retain black and ethnic minority academic staff, as well as the experiences of black and ethnic minority PhD students. According to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office at the LSE the number of Black professors at the LSE has remained at only 1 since 2011. In contrast, the number of White professors has risen from 157 in 2012 to 214 in 2016.
Higher education has been exceptionally slow to take up the issue of diversity and the LSE is one of many institutes where these issues need to be confronted and dealt with. As Nicola Rollock has stated ‘Our universities – despite rigorous equalities legislation – continue to be led mainly by powerful, white men. We need to speak about race at universities’.
The project will also involve the practice of photovoice with the support of Shosei Kessi . Photovoice will visually document the experiences of black and ethnic minority PhD students at the LSE.
Caroline Howarth is Associate Professor in PBS at the LSE. Growing up in the cultural diverse contexts of Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia and witnessing the psychological impact of racism through teaching in apartheid South Africa, has shaped her commitment to social justice through social research. In her research she examines the processes of institutionalisation and contestation that work to uphold and subvert racism in school and community contexts, as well as exploring everyday knowledge about multiculturalism, nationalism and processes of inclusion, exclusion and resistance.
Akile Ahmet is currently a research officer at the LSE in the PBS. Her research is focused on race, ethnicity, age and education. Her doctoral research focused on mixed race masculinities and experiences of ‘home’. Since completing her PhD Akile has worked on a number of research projects which have focused on race and ethnicity. In 2009 she worked alongside a team of researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London examining ‘Diversity and Progression of Social Work Students’, she then went onto help develop a series of on-line ‘toolkits‘ from this project. In 2011 she joined the College of Health and Life Sciences working alongside Christina Victor on a project entitled ‘Care and Caring Amongst Ethnic Minority Older People’. She has worked on a knowledge transfer program from this project and increasing impact and has recently completed an ESRC seminar series on ‘Ageing and Ethnicity’ . She has recently published a report alongside Christina and Omar Khan (The Runnymede Trust) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘caring and earning’.
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Challenging the Silence in Higher Education: Race and Racism in the Academy
We will be holding a one day symposium on Thursday 13th October 2016. More details to follow but please save the date!