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REACH Research Hub

The REACH research hub at 鶹Ӿis an interdisciplinary meeting place for the promotion and facilitation of culturally diverse research.

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鶹Ӿ REACH

The Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Heritage (REACH) research hub at 鶹Ӿis a transformative space that hosts collaborative action between 鶹Ӿfellows, students and staff. The aim is to ignite and support culturally diverse research that impacts on global communities. Our team draws upon and combines academic expertise across the College and wider University. We have seven expert academics alongside six advisory board members, as well as our core organising team.

 

Organising team

Dr Kenny Monrose FRSA - Lead Convener

Kenny Monrose is an urban ethnographer and affiliated researcher within the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Tutor and Governing body Fellow at 鶹ӾCollege. 

Kenny is also a member of Film & Screen studies at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Centre for the Studies in Global Human Movement.

Annoa Abekah-Mensah - Research Development Lead

Annoa is a 鶹Ӿgraduate in Human, Social and Political Sciences. Her dissertation was “Towards a Decolonial Politics of Receptive-Generosity: The International Gifting Order and the World-Making of the Climate Justice Movement”. This utilized textual ethnography to explore the international relations theories emerging at the intersection of decoloniality and climate justice. She co-launched the anti-racism podcast Shade in Cambridge, which won the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award (OSCEA) in 2021. Annoa has a career in political media and journalism and is completing an MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Filmmaking at UCL. 

Raquel Scarpa-GebaraRaquel Scarpa-Gebara - Co-convenor 

Raquel’s PhD research on Amazonian coastal fisherwomen employs activity theory and network theory to analyse individual and organizational change. This is done under the gaze of Freirian critical pedagogy and epistemologies of the Global South, particularly its feminist theory. Issues of belonging, occupational identity, cultural identity and gender identity permeate Raquel’s current research. Raquel co-founded the Saturday School, hosted by 鶹ӾCollege Cambridge, for Black and Brown British youth of Cambridgeshire. She is co-founder of the podcast Shade in Cambridge and a member of Wolfson's Diversity and Inclusion steering committee.

Jennifer Davis

Dr Jennifer Davis - Co-convenor 

Dr Jennifer Davis an historian and a lawyer.  She is a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, an Emeritus Fellow of 鶹ӾCollege and has a PhD in history from Boston College.  As a historian she has written extensively on law breaking, policing, Irish immigration and poverty in 19th century England as well as comparatively with 20th and 21st century racism and policing and she maintains an interest in this area.  She has also practised as a lawyer specialising in intellectual property law and has been a Faculty of Law lecturer on the subject.  She has written on the history of intellectual property in its social and political context as well as on contemporary intellectual property law.  Recent work has looked at the intersection of sweat shops, trademarks and immigration in late 19th century Britain.  She has an interest in intellectual property law and linguistics and, with Professor Alan Durant, is writing a monograph for CUP on Key Words in Intellectual Property.  She has edited two volumes for CUP on interdisciplinary approaches to copyright and trademarks, respectively.  With Professor Tanya Aplin, Jennifer published in 2022 the fourth volume of their textbook, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials, for OUP.

Steering Group

Susan RobertsonProfessor Susan Robertson

Susan Robertson is a Professor of Sociology of Education, and a Bye-Fellow of 鶹ӾCollege. Until 2022, Susan was Head of the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Currently she is also a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Aarhus University, Denmark. Susan holds a B.Applied Science (Curtin, W. Australia) (Distinction), a B.Ed (Honours 2.1) University of Western Australia, and PhD in Policy/Sociology, University of Calgary (1990). Susan has held academic appointments in Western Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. She has written extensively on education policy, transformations of the state, spatial projects like region-building and globalisation, and social justice. She has published 14 books, and well over 100 academic papers in international journals. Susan is also the founding editor and currently Co-Editor in Chief of Globalisation, Societies and Education. 

Tugba BasaranDr Tugba Basaran

Tugba is the Director of the  and a Fellow of 鶹ӾCollege. She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge, held visiting positions at Harvard Law, Princeton, Sciences-Po as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies, and tenure at the University of Kent. Her scholarship engages with global practices of governance focusing on the circulation of legal power, violence and the production of difference. Her works draw on political and social thought in relation to empirically rich socio-legal studies incorporating refugee law, human rights law, law of the sea, and more broadly, international law. In her research, she seeks to extrapolate past and present formations of governance, prompting queries on law’s subjectivities, space and time, in an effort to reimagine politics, the way we govern and are governed, and to question established political, legal and social theories.

Jenni SkinnerJenni Skinner

Jenni Skinner is the Library Manager of the African Studies Library, and spent the formative years of her career in librarianship at the Social & Political Sciences Library (2002-2015), University of Cambridge.  The African Studies Library supports the research and teaching needs of the University’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate study of Africa, whilst being recognised as a modern Special Collection as part of the newly formed World Collections Department at Cambridge University Library. Jenni is a founding member of the , a representative on the , an advisor on the , and a  member.

Tania DavisTania Davies

Tania Davies is the Deputy Senior Tutor for Welfare and Wellbeing at 鶹ӾCollege. A social research scientist specialising in wellbeing within policy contexts and psychopathological disorders, Tania is a senior fellow of the HEA and has worked in education for two decades. Tania worked as an addictions counsellor for young offenders within the criminal justice system. She went on to become the Health Portfolio Director and then Manager at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for almost ten years. She held positions within the Military Education for Wales, the Research Centre of Expertise Cymru and the Higher Education for Future Generations Group.

Charlie Barty-KingDr Charlie Barty-King

Charlie works in Networks Management and Strategic Partnerships and has a strong technical background. He is currently the Interdisciplinary Research Hub in Sustainability & Conservation Lead at 鶹ӾCollege, Cambridge, the Green Officer Network Coordinator at Cambridge Zero, and co-founder and volunteer at the Resilience Web. Charlie received a Masters of Chemistry (with an industrial placement year) from the University of Sussex (2015), Masters of Research in Ultra Precision Engineering from the University of Cambridge (2017) and PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering from the University of Cambridge (2022). He has also worked in a range of communications, media, logistics and organisational development roles. His interests revolve around society and sustainability, regeneration of the natural world and a desire to be a net positive for those around him.

Chris BurgessChris Burgess 

Chris is the Head of Public Engagement and Participation at Cambridge University Library. In 2023 Chris curated the exhibition Spitting Image: A Controversial History working with members of REACH. Before Cambridge, Chris worked at the People’s History Museum in Manchester where he was responsible for the Labour Party archive and object collection. His research interests are in 20th century British politics, museology and the translation of academic research into public engagement.

Ambassadors

I-Cubed consultancy group

is a professional services company. Founded by two women with extensive corporate experience and business acumen, I-Cubed provides tailored solutions to enable companies to transform themselves. These include race equity transformational programmes, inclusion intelligence training, diversity & inclusion awareness training using our established frameworks, designing and delivering onboarding inclusive programmes for teams, providing and supporting agility and enterprise coaches as well as carrying out agile inclusion audits. In addition, I-Cubed also provides full change programmes that help organisations experiment and find ways of creating an inclusive agile workplace. 

CB Mentoring

has worked closely with members of the community, including the University of Cambridge to provide life-changing experiences for children within Cambridgeshire. In 2021 we piloted our first Saturday School cohort with the support of 鶹ӾCollege, Cambridge. This provided tutors and a dedicated learning environment for school-aged children to focus on completing their homework and improving their core learning. 

Selena Scott

Selena Scott is a Cambridge-based artist who aims to redefine the portrayal of Black people using oil painting, a medium traditionally reserved to perpetuate western ideals. Extending beyond oil portraiture, Selena uses film, textiles and animation to navigate the Black identity through the lens of trauma, racism and colonialism. Her Caribbean heritage is what drives her creative process, using loaded imagery and colour to construct narrative. Her work builds upon extensive research, focused on investigating the legacy of colonialism through personal stories.

Empire by Selena Scott

Projects and Events

Black women in business talk 2022

Our aims

Building on recent work at 鶹Ӿunder Let’s talk about Race & Racism and In Conversation initiatives, the REACH hub will deliver 3 Ps - to provide, promote, and publish research across its members and partners.

Provide
  • Provide an innovative research hub that can be utilised for racially, ethnically and culturally diverse scholars in order to build capacity for researchers across all disciplines and sectors.
  • Provide members with support, insight and information for their professional development in research.
  • Provide resources for members regardless of their career stage to assist the dissemination of their research and praxis within their area of expertise.
  • Provide networking opportunities that can attract the emerging generation of researchers.
  • Provide the opportunity to collaborate with high profile stakeholders in order to diffuse research and secure funding.
Promote
  • Promote and support applications for studentships and research fellowships for members within the remit of REACH.
  • Promote events including reading groups, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences in order to showcase research being conducted by members.
  • Promote new paths to connect black led and black focused research across disciplines, colleges and faculties in ways that benefit the University of Cambridge more generally, and encourage the development of new perspectives that contribute to knowledge by establishing intercollegiate collaborations with other research groups, both nationally and internationally.
Publish
  • Publish research activities of members of REACH through 鶹ӾCollege media and communications channels to spotlight the cutting edge work being carried out.
  • Publish research conducted within the hub in our own journal, with the goal of making this an open access resource within the next five years.

 

Join us

We are open to all people - public, professional and academic. We are looking for individuals and organisations to join our events and contribute to discussions; create and support projects or events; donate financial or other resources. To become a member or to get involved please email us at reach@wolfson.cam.ac.uk or .