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Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop - Higher education and societal transformation: Decolonisation 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 3rd - 5th June 2019.


Researcher Links Workshop grants provide financial support to bring together a UK and partner country bilateral cohort of Early Career Researchers to take part in workshops focusing on building links for future collaboration whilst enhancing their skills and experience of international engagement. This includes the development of ideas which may lead to further funding applications to the Newton Fund or other programmes.

The workshops are interactive, enabling Early Career Researchers to work together, building their capacity and encouraging them to collaborate with one another as well as with experienced researchers. They are not intended as conferences.

Workshops are coordinated by two leading researchers1, one from each country, and focus on either a specific research area or an interdisciplinary theme, as defined in the grant application.

The workshop will include Early Career Researchers (ECRs) (17 per country) and established researchers from Brazil and the UK (3 per country). The definition of ECR includes doctoral candidates, immediately post-doctoral and those who are within 10 years of PhD/ EdD completion.

The workshop will contribute to the collation of cross-national data on racial equality interventions within universities, share knowledge on decolonization efforts and establish new strategies within universities for building non-violence, security and a peaceful, diverse, civil society. It is is timely as Brazil discusses new directions for democracy and political participation amidst protests about increasing violence and suppression.

The long/short term benefits from the workshop are:

  1. A racial equality toolkit for policy makers, educators, NGOs to be disseminated through the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED) and the Centre for Advanced Multidisciplinary Studies (CEAM) University of Brasilia websites;
  2. Transnational ECR networking to benefit their careers post-workshop;
  3. Publication of ECR work- a journal special issue, an edited book and online publication of papers from the network event in the CRED Race and Education Working Paper Series which they will co-edit.

The workshop aims to:

  1. Engage ECRs in analysis of racism and racialisation within universities transnationally focusing on institutional practices associated with public policies for social welfare and development.
  2. Focus on the potential part that universities have in developing non-violence, security and a peaceful, diverse, civil society.
  3. Provide ECRs with additional professional skills and knowledge to pursue constructive roles in their careers.
  4. Engage stakeholders in discussions on the university’s role in racial equality and democracy.
  5. Build a transnational road map for decolonization of the university.

ECRs will engage in analysis of racism and racialisation within universities transnationally focusing on institutional practices associated with public policies for social welfare and development. The ECRs and mentors will work on building a transnational road map for decolonization of the university.

The workshop participants will be drawn from ECRs in the UK and Brazil working on race/racism and higher education and the decolonization of universities. They will have a PhD, EdD or equivalent research experience with no more than a third of the ECRs being from each institution. Applicants will not be excluded based on gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age, diversity will be promoted and applicants who are from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. The ECRs will be drawn from Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, Education, Post-colonial Studies, History, Area Studies, Languages and Cultural Studies, for example, to provide a broad based social sciences and humanities approach to the theme.

The ECRs selection will be through this open call for abstracts, curriculum vitae and a covering letter on their motivation to participate. The British Council template application form will be used in both countries. Transnational selection process criteria will be established based on the appropriateness of participant abstracts to the workshop theme and aims, motivation to participate in workshop working groups and post workshop dissemination activities and curriculum vitae.

Please see full guidelines


This international workshop invites contributions on any aspect of the theme, ‘Higher education and societal transformation: Decolonization and racial equality’.

To participate please submit your completed form to Shirley Anne Tate ( and Breitner Luiz Tavares ( by March 31 2019.

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Event Details

3 June 2019 -
5 June 2019
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