A second strand of Renee's research examines the causes and consequences of ethnic and racial harassment. Together with Alita Nandi (ISER), Luthra shows that this form of disadvantage is distinct from many others, with reports of harassment highest among the more highly educated, among men, and among those who participate more broadly in society. To explain this, Nandi and Luthra frame the risk of reporting ethnic and racial harassment in a novel way, as a characteristic associated with exposure deriving from time spent in public space and having the personal expectations of treatment and social confidence to identify harassment behaviours to survey interviewers and police.
Other work shows that UK-born ethnic minorities have higher rates of ethnic and racial harassment, worse mental health, and worse health behaviours, on average, than the foreign-born, despite being economically better off, and that ethnic minorities who experience the lowest levels of residential segregation are also those who suffer the highest probabilities of ethnic and racial harassment. Nandi and Luthra are currently continuing this work to examine the role that Brexit, Covid-19, and other threatening events may play in the exposure to discrimination by ethnic and racial minorities.