This January, we are launching a new independent research project. It is called the Essex End Everyday Racism project, and it provides a vehicle for university staff and students to share their experiences of racism.
It is the sister project of similar initiatives at a growing number of universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. We have been working with the University of Cambridge to help inform our project.
The research team, based at Essex Business School and the Institute for Social and Economic Research, want to help build an understanding of the impact of racism on the lives of students and staff.
By encouraging the members of our Essex community to share their experiences of racism on an anonymous and informal basis, the project will help the research team draw on individual stories to develop periodic reports that help to map any racism.
The project aims to develop our understanding of everyday racism with numeric, descriptive and geographic evidence. However, this is not just a mapping exercise. The evidence collected will be used to support antiracism advocacy and social justice activism, engaging with our policy and practice.
We are asking staff and students to participate by anonymously sharing their experiences of what, how and where racism happens including, for example, the emotions experienced, life consequences, social support, and whether/why the incident was/was not formally reported.
Any Essex student or member of staff can participate, whether a victim of racism or bystander witnessing it. The project really is for everyone.
To take part, participants will need to go to our project webpage to access an incident reporting form.
We are officially launching the project on Wednesday 25 January 2023 from 10.30am to 11.30am at Causeway Teaching Centre (CTC.1.05), on our Colchester Campus. All are welcome. You can also attend on Zoom.
If you have any questions about this research, you can contact the Essex End Everyday Racism research team – Maria Hudson, Emmanuelle Dazogbo and Alita Nandi – by email.
Senior Lecturer EBS, Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, University of Essex
I joined Essex Business School on 1st March 2016 following several years working independently as an employment and social policy researcher and analyst. Prior to this I spent nearly ten years working as a social researcher at the Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster. My research background has generated extensive experience of managing research projects from design through to completion. Over the years, my research interests have remained largely connected to the study of inequalities in work, labour markets and wider society. I have undertaken a wide-range of research projects for numerous sponsors; for example, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Department for Work and Pensions, Acas, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Low Pay Commission. I have also taught at several universities in the UK, most recently in the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London and in the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge. In my approach to teaching I have a particular interest in reflective practice and learning, and blended learning. I also enjoy sharing my research experience with students embarking on a research journey for the first time.