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Centre for Race, Education & Decoloniality (CRED)

About the Centre

The Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED) was established in 2017. Appointed in November 2019, the Centre is led by Vini Lander, Professor of Race and Education.

CRED was established to undertake research related to race and racism in education.  In collaboration with academic and educational professionals the Centre aims to challenge everyday racism and structural race inequalities in education through research, evidence-based practice and the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers nationally and internationally.

Our academic and professional research enables us to understand the experiences of people of colour, including children, young people, teachers, education leaders and community groups.  Through our research we seek to inform education policy change, to decolonise and transform curricula to reflect the contributions and experiences of people of colour, nationally and internationally - in order to prepare all to live, learn and work in a racially and ethnically diverse world. 

The Centre seeks to work in partnership with education professionals in all sectors from early years through to further education to develop teachers and practitioners to become race equality education activists/advocates - challenging racism in all its forms and developing anti-racist practices, also to decolonise the curriculum and develop colleagues’ knowledge and understanding of race and racism in education. We also work with teachers, children and young people to develop teaching resources to tackle racism in schools and society.

CRED works with international partners to undertake research to advance knowledge and understanding of race and racism, improving professional practice in order to enhance the educational experience of BAME children and young people affirming their racial and ethnic identities and engender a secure sense of belonging.

As well as the team listed below, we have two visitng professors: Professor Andre Keet and Professor AJ Franklin.

The 70th anniversary of Windrush is a chance to celebrate the lives of those who made that historic journey, and the positive impact they and others from the Caribbean have had on the UK. Leeds Beckett University and the Windrush Day Steering Group are compiling a special edition of the university’s Race and Education Working Paper Series. Contributions are being sought from both the academic and artistic communities, including poets, comic artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and animators to feature in the working paper. Find out more here.

MA Race Education and Decolonial Thought Right Arrow

Current research

‘Higher education and societal transformation: Decolonization and racial equality'

This is a Researcher Links international workshop funded by the British Council. The workshop will be coordinated by Professor Shirley Anne Tate (CRED) and Professor Breitner Taveres (University of Brasilia and Post-doctoral Fellow in CRED in 2018). It will take place at the University of Brasilia from 15th-18th June 2019.

The workshop focuses on racism as a structural inequality that affects social welfare development and civil society. Aimed at comparing the effectiveness of current approaches to racial inequality in universities, it will include Early Career Researchers (ECRs) (17 per country) and established researchers from Brazil and the UK (3 per country). The definition of ECR draws from both the AHRC and the ESRC:

  1. AHRC- within 8 years of PhD award or 6 years of first academic appointment
  2. ESRC three ECR stages- doctoral, immediately post-doctoral and transition to independent researcher

For more information visit our blog post on Higher education and societal transformation: Decolonization and racial equality.

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 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 - s.d.hunter@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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

CRED Professional Associates

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


Plus Icon Amanpreet Ahluwalia

Aman is a Professional Associate linked to the White Spaces project.

Aman is broadly interested in the relationship between critical knowledge, reflective practice and the ways in which privilege, power and inequality are both perpetuated and disturbed in practice based/activist settings. Her research, writing, practice and thinking are all influenced by her engagements with black feminism, psycho-social studies and critical approaches to understanding social policy and practice.

She is particularly interested in the process through which we come to translate our ideologies, values, systems and beliefs into our own, every-day practice as practice professionals, activists and social commentators. Her current work also focuses on how those individual values, experiences and personalities come together in practice settings to create or disturb, both consciously and unconsciously, power and inequality through the social policy/practice process.

In her work, she is currently experimenting with locating research in practice settings; using the research process to embed critical thinking, reflective practice and collaborative learning at the heart of the systems and structures that create and sustain the work that happens within practice-based organisations that she works with.

Aman calls on an interdisciplinary approach in this work that is informed by the multiplicity and contradictions embedded in her own lived experience. Her subject positions as service user and service provider; being raised working class and transitioning to middle class life; being carer and cared for etc. have fueled her interest in how our social positioning and social/institutional power grows and changes and ultimately whether or not our own understanding of it changes, and if so, how.

Aman currently works at Inclusion Barnet as Head of Research and Organisational Development.

Visiting Professors

Plus Icon Andre Keet

André entered the higher education sector for the first time on a full-time professional basis in October 2008 when he became the Director of the Transdisciplinary Programme at the University of Fort Hare. Between 1996 and 2008, he worked in and with independent public institutions responsible for navigating the crucial transitional phase in South Africa’s contemporary history whilst also teaching part-time and on a visiting basis at universities across the country. Most of his post-1994 work focussed on processes aimed at deepening democracy, social justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.  Joining the South African Human Rights Commission in 1996, André later on became its Deputy Chief Executive Officer. On a unanimous recommendation from parliament, the president appointed André as a part-time Commissioner to the Commission for Gender Equality in 2008.

His first professorial appointment was as an adjunct-professor at the University of Pretoria in 2009; followed by appointments at the University of Fort Hare in 2010 and the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2011, as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and advisor to the Rectorate. He was also appointed for a short period as the Acting Vice-Rector: Student Affairs and External Relations at the UFS. As Director, and with the aid and support of associates, staff and postdoctoral fellows, he managed the intellectual culture and research outputs of the Institute to competitive levels.

André himself is a productive scholar and is widely published nationally and internationally, and has supervised and co-supervised more than 15 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and masters students. This pattern is being sustained. He was and is involved in 12 scholarly editorships and has joined up with Michael Cross at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg as joint editors of two book series on higher education transformation; one national, and one international.

He is a frequently requested speaker with more than 40 keynotes, invited talks and prestige and special lectures behind his name; and has recently been offered the Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights (Autumn, 2018) at the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA. He also received a Keynote and Master Class invitation to the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus Leibig University in Germany.

André is presently the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at NMU, the Chairperson of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation in South African Public Universities Member of the Council on Higher Education, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University in the UK.

André is from Kylemore, a town close to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

Plus Icon Dr. Anderson J. Franklin

Dr. Anderson J. Franklin is the Honorable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College Lynch School of Education and Professor Emeritus of The City College & Graduate School of The City University of New York.  He is Director of the Nelson Chair Roundtable for Networking Community Based Programs.

In 2018 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape South Africa and continues collaborations with them as well as the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria.  He has recently received several commemorations for his civil rights legacy as a member of the “Richmond 34;” students arrested in Sit-Ins that led to desegregation in Richmond and Virginia by an official State Historical Marker in Richmond, plus markers enshrined by The City of Richmond and Virginia Union University, his alma mater, and a resolution read into the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly minutes.

He writes and speaks about the well-being and status of African American, and South African males in the African diaspora, as well as promotes University-Community Partnerships for coalition-building toward collective impact for in and out of school time wrap around interventions.

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 east 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 here.
  • 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. Download here.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • Bento, K. 2015. O Feminismo Negro de Viola Davis não será minado pela branquidade. 8 October. Blogueiras Negras [online]. Available here.
  • 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 Mariana Luísa da Costa Lage - PhD title: As Nagô princesses with Dandara's blood: collective mobilizations, political aesthetic affirmations and (re) positioning of black woman identity.

Mariana´s research examines black women who are activist in a black women's movement in Brazil. Considering the sexism and the institutional racism, Mariana´s analyses how gender and race identities intersect in the construction of the subjects - black women - and how do these subjects articulate themselves concerning collective communities. 

Mariana engaged in interviews with black women from Governador Valadares - a city in Minas Gerais county (Brazil) - who have articulated themselves in a collective of black women to support the black women beauty in physical spaces (local level) and the virtual environment. Using a post-structuralist perspective, her project illustrates how black women make this collective mobilisation, how they struggle for political aesthetic affirmations and (re)positioning the black woman identity.

Mariana Lage studies PhD Management Studies at Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil.

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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