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Centre for Race, Education & Decoloniality (CRED)

About the Centre

The Centre focuses on the relevance for thinking about ‘race’ and racism intersectionally and from a decolonial perspective within educational settings in different contexts regionally, nationally and internationally in order to impact leadership, access, experience and outcomes. 

In today’s world, ‘decolonial race/racism literacy’ is essential to being active, informed citizens, and to living vibrant professional and personal lives. The mission of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality is to promote such literacy to:

  • Help people better understand the different cultural contexts of problems, disagreements, and solutions within the context of ‘race’, racism and education.
  • Catalyse education leadership on issues of ‘race’, racism and decoloniality throughout the Leeds Beckett community and beyond.
  • Raise awareness of the racial dimensions of pressing social problems within education within the larger public domain.
  • Support policy-makers, community organizations, activist groups and other stakeholders by providing resources for informed responses to pressing ‘race’/racism educational problems locally and globally.
  • Foster interdisciplinary, intersectional, decolonial ‘race’/racism research designed to address significant social issues and pressing educational problems locally and globally.
  • Provide effective resources for integrating ‘race’, racism and decoloniality into the formal and informal curriculum.
  • Produce innovative, policy-relevant, interdisciplinary ‘race’/ racism/decolonial research within the university, regional, national and international partnerships.
As well as the team listed below, we have two visitng professors: Professor Andre Keet and Professor AJ Franklin.


MA Race Education and Decolonial Thought Right Arrow

Current research

‘Principles and practice in Approaches to deracialisation: countering the social dynamics of contemporary racialisation in Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom' 

This three-year transnational project is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Its overall aim is to assess the nature and extent of the deracialisation project required to counter the contemporary dynamics of racialisation across Sweden, South Africa, Brazil and the UK, as well as the role/ operation of and constraints on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) which play a vital part in the development of national strategic approaches to countering racism.

Academic lead: Professor Shirley Anne Tate

‘Black mixed-race men, hybridity and post-racial resilience’ 

This monograph builds upon Remi’s doctoral thesis exploring the lives and schooling of young Black mixed-race men in the UK and the US. The book offers a counter-narrative to pathologoical representations of mixedness, and is the first work to comprehensively engage with Black mixed race masculinities. To be published in 2018, the book demonstrates the creative and innovative ways in which Black mixed-race men resist identity fragmentation and erasure. Through the cultivation of what Remi calls post-racial resilience, Black mixed-race men are able to constitute identities that are multiplicitous.

Academic lead: Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Read about the Carey Philpott Research Award

Take a look at our Race and Education Working Paper Series

White Spaces Project

The White Spaces project provides a focus for international interdisciplinary engagements between scholars, activists, students and practitioners who share an interest in issues of whiteness in the context of global racialised power dynamics.

The project has grown from a small conference stream organised as part of the Gender Work and Organization conference at Keele University (United Kingdom) in 2007. It was officially established through a launch conference held in Leeds (United Kingdom) in 2009. It now involves academics, postgraduate students and practitioners from across 23 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Greece, Finland, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, UK and 17 disciplines across the humanities, health, psychology and social and even some natural sciences.

The collaboration engages with ideas from critical race and whiteness studies to advance multidimensional analysis of processes of gendering and racialisation which form part of the complex and shifting social dynamics in contemporary multicultural societies. In particular we have been working with this set of ideas to understand how the reassertion of liberal narratives of tolerance serves to redraw the boundaries for national, institutional and organisational inclusion/exclusion in predictable, but also in new and surprising, ways.

Past events, publications and podcasts are archived at http://whitespaces.leeds.ac.uk

For more information about how to become involved or to sign up to the Jisc discussion list please contact our academic lead.

Academic Lead: Dr Shona Hunter

Collaborate with us

For further information on the work of the Centre or to join our mailing list please email: CRED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Academic Team

Director of the Centre

Professor Shirley-Anne Tate

As a Cultural Sociologist, Professor Tate is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

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Academic Team

CRED Professional Associates

We are working in collaboration with professional associates, including Lisa Fathers, BAMEed and Ujima.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Plus Icon Breitner Tavares

Breitner holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, a Master's  and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Brasília. His Doctorate was funded by the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme ( IFP ). He also has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in Ethnic Studies, which was funded by the Fulbright Commission. He is currently Adjunct Professor III at the University of Brasília, Campus FCE, where he coordinates the Collective Health programme. He is also a member of the Graduate Programme in Development, Society and International Cooperation PPGDSCI. Recently, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Quilmes Argentina, funded by the Young Researcher Santander Programme (01/2016 to 03/2016). His area of expertise is Sociological theory. He is a qualitative researcher and has conducted research on collective health, urban spaces and youth culture. His current research project is on homeless youth and urban sociabilities.


JABUR, P. A. C.; TAVARES, Breitner. 2015.

Cozinhando a céu aberto: relatos de vida de moradores de rua em Brasília In Sociedade e Cultura

(Online). , v.18, 7989


Método documentário e a análise das orientações geracionais da juventude In Caderno CRH (UFBA.

Impresso). , v.25, 587600

3. TAVARES, Breitner. 2012.

Musica Popular Rap: A Rima da Guerreira In Latitude (UFAL). , v.06, 86104

Knowledge areas : Urban Sociology,Sociologia da Juventude

4. TAVARES, Breitner. 2012.

Sociologia da Juventude: da juventude desviante ao protagonismo jovem da Unesco In Sociedade e

Cultura (Online). , v.15, 181191

Knowledge areas : Sociology,Sociologia da Juventude

5. TAVARES, Breitner. 2011.

Raça e pensamento social brasileiro In Latitude (UFAL). , v.2, 6481

Knowledge areas : Sociology, Anthropology of the AfroBrazilian


6. TAVARES, Breitner. 2010.

Geração hiphop e a construção do imaginário na periferia do Distrito Federal In Sociedade e Estado (UnB. Impresso). , v.25, 309327

Knowledge areas : Sociologia da Juventude,Urban Sociology

7. TAVARES, Breitner. 2009.


Ceilândia DF

In Urbe. Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana. , v.1, 2332

Knowledge areas : Sociology

8. TAVARES, Breitner. 2006.

Gangsterismo jovem: observação participante e a Escola de Chicago In Sociedade e Estado. , v.vol.21,


Plus Icon Kavyta Raghunandan

A cultural sociologist, Kavyta is a qualitative researcher who completed her doctorate at the University of Leeds. Her PhD explored the intersectionality of gender and race among a group of young Indian women in Trinidad.  Following which, she became a University of London Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.  In her research, teaching and writing, she has drawn on postcolonial, Black feminist, gender studies and critical race theory. Her work, so far, has been on the body, the politics of beauty & skin colour, South Asian cultural studies, and social media practices in the global South.

Currently, she is working on a deracialisation transnational project funded by the Swedish Research Council to counter the contemporary dynamics of racialisation across Sweden, South Africa, Brazil and the UK.



Book (forthcoming)

Kay, K (2018) New Indian Nuttahs: Comedy and Culture in Millennial India (London: Palgrave Pivot)


Book chapters

Raghunandan, K (2018) 'Religious Crossings and Post-Race Trinidad' forthcoming in Dabydeen, D, Kaladeen, M, Ramnarine, T (Eds) Indenture Labour Anthology (London: Commonwealth Writers)

Raghunandan, K (2016) 'The body contours of carnival: Mas-Playing and Race in Trinidad' in Takhar,S (Ed) Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman (London: Emerald)

Raghunandan, K (2016) Young People in the Digital Age: Metrics of friendship’ in Punch, S, Vanderbeck, R, Skelton, T (Eds) Major Reference Work on Geographies of Children and Young People (Singapore: Springer)

Journal articles

Kay, K (2018) ‘Dress-Up/Free-Up: Race, gender and the body in Indo-Trinidadian pageants’ International Journal of Fashion Studies Issue 5.2

Kay, K (2016) 'Gazing Grey and the shading of female sexuality' Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media Issue 8

Raghunandan, K (2012) 'Hyphenated Identities: Negotiating Indianness and being Indo-Trinidadian' Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (Vol 6: 1-19)

Online media

Kay, K (2017) 'Menstruation in Media: Concealment and Celebration' Feminism in India [WWW]

Raghunandan, K (2016) - Periscope interview and discussion of Peggy Mohan's novel 'Jahajin' (2007) for 'We Mark Your Memory in Songs': Literary Remembrances of the System of Indenture, a Periscope Event' at Senate House Library.

Conference Papers (keynote)

Raghunandan,K (2017) The colour line in a post-indentureship society at School of Advanced Study, Indenture Abolition Centenary Conference, 6 Oct 2017, London (Keynote)

Conference Papers (symposium)

Raghunandan, K (2016) – ‘The Colour Complex’, Shade-ism or Colourism: the practice of discrimination based on skin tone, A Black History Event organised by EquiNet, London South Bank University

Raghunandan, K (2014) - Conference Organiser 'Across the Indian Ocean', Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Raghunandan, K (2013) - Conference Co-organiser "Mixing Matters: Critical Intersectionalities, An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Critical Mixed Race Studies", University of Leeds.

Raghunandan, K (2013) - 'Mixing and Marriage' 27th BASAS (British Association for South Asian Studies) Annual Conference, University of Leeds.

Raghunandan, K (2011) - 'Constructing Indo Creole femininity: The Negotiation of Identities in Post-Indentureship Trinidad', Remembering Slavery, Forgetting Indenture conference, Bangor University.

Visiting PhDs

Plus Icon Katucha Bento - PhD working title: The Shackles of Colonialism: Lived Emotions of Black Brazilian Women in the United Kingdom

Katucha's research develops a Black decolonial feminist approach in order to discuss how Black Brazilian Women emotionally negotiate the politics of “Othering” in the United Kingdom and how this negotiation interlocks with the affective economy of coloniality and agency in the everyday lives of these women in diaspora. Her project illustrates how critical race theory, black feminism, post and decolonial thoughts are articulated as tools to centralise Black Brazilian Women’s emotional lives, as well as to understand the construction of meaning. Katucha engaged in interviews about diasporic experiences in the United Kingdom. Based on the conversations Katucha had with Black Brazilian women who had lived in the UK for at least 12 months, she has gathered critical theories and analyses to illustrate how agency and intersectional oppressions/racism are lived in the everyday life of racialised-gendered-sexualised-aged-nationalised peoples such as Black Brazilian women. Agency and oppressions are present in this research as understandings of positionalities among Black Brazilian Women who are emotionally weaving  identities/ performativity/ discourses of Blackness in diaspora, reclaiming particularities of our multiple racialised selves and rearticulating/ resignifying the dominant sphere of power.    



Bento, K. 2017. Weaving Brazilian Blackness in the United Kingdom: Nation, Race and Migration. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 17–36. Available from: https://goo.gl/fkTmNn

Bento, K. and Beresford, J. 2017.Affirmative Actions for Indigenous Peoples in Brazilian Universities and Ethnology Studies from a Dialogical Perspective: An Interview with Clarice Cohn. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 37–47. Available from: https://goo.gl/Yq7Sz4

Bento, K. 2016. “Invasoras” do Reino Unido: Reenquadrando discursos de colonialidade nas vozes de mulheres negras brasileiras imigrantes. Ponto-e-Vírgula : Revista de Ciências Sociais, [S.l.], n. 18, pp. 21-28. Available from: https://goo.gl/9s8P6Q

Bento, K. 2015. Por mais andares sem vergonha, por mais vadias: Sobre o amor e a agencia na terceira onda do feminismo negro e o corpo das pretinhas! 21 October. Blogueiras Negras [online]. Available from: https://goo.gl/2wbTRV

Bento, K. 2015. O Feminismo Negro de Viola Davis não será minado pela branquidade. 8 October. Blogueiras Negras [online]. Available from: https://goo.gl/FbLhVj

Perotto, L., Leiria, V., Hostensky, Bento, K., E. Rothestein, P. 2015. Associação de Estudantes Estrangeiros Para Quê? – Uma reflexão crítica sobre a representação estudantil em tempos de crise. Passages de Paris. 10 (1), pp. 12-33.

Plus Icon Leona Nichole Black - PhD working title: Beyond the Problem of Blackness: Digital Roots/Routes towards Radical Black Subjectivity

Leona’s  research engages the unremitting question imposed on Blackness, as explicated by W.EB DuBois in his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk (1903): “How does it feel to be a problem?” 

Through a critical reading of Barnor Hesse’s theory of Black fugitive thought Leona re-envision’s Gilroy’s Black Atlantic as a contemporary Digital Space. She theorises the transmission and transfiguration of Black consciousness online as the deliberate counter-cultural production of contemporary Black fugitives. Rooted in the politics of Black love;  this is an exploration of 'radical Black subjectivity’ (bell hooks, 2001). 

In the tradition of Black fugitives, Leona draws on autoethnography and digital text as testimony, to tell the story of Digital Blackness consciousness tethered to Black identities in contemporary Britain. Disembodied and yet living through technology."

Plus Icon Tiffany Holloman - PhD working title: Undervalued: The HBCU Black Woman Professor and the U.S. Academic Prestige Hierarchy 

Tiffany’s research examines Black women professors who are current faculty members of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States.  Specifically she analyses their historic position within the academic prestige hierarchy from the birth of the HBCUs to the present.  Using Black Feminist, the HBCU Black woman professors’ existence has illuminated exclusionary measures used by differing groups to relegate, not only these women professors but, the colleges & universities in which they are housed; helping to cement predominately white institutions’ position within U.S. higher education and the academic prestige hierarchy.  The narrative of the HBCU Black women professors and the ‘Ivory Tower’ creates a new seam in research, challenging the value of the academic prestige hierarchy within society.

Publications: Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Review 2015

--Assata: An Autobiography                                                                                                       


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