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The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network

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The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) Interdisciplinary Research Network was inaugurated in October 2018. It was developed as a response to the current and historic realities woven into the lived experiences of race, class, and ethnicity in everyday locations. The fundamental logics of the network are that societal concerns related to economy, poverty and racisms retain their power as influencing factors in everyday places and spaces. How these three intersecting social constructs are understood and materialise are of central concern to the Equality Act 2010 and to the requirements of public bodies to develop anti-discriminatory and inclusive practices. 

The RaCE network has received funding from the University of Sunderland for its first three years in keeping with the core value of the University’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 to be inclusive and to celebrate ‘its diverse culture where everyone’s contribution is welcomed and valued’. The RaCE network, therefore, has established, through its aims, a set of underlying principles geared towards dismantling structural and everyday barriers which contribute to the persistence of inequalities in our contemporary world as it sees this mission as fundamental to developing an inclusive society.


The RaCE network has seven core aims which underpin its work. These are to:

  • provide an open forum for critical, inter/trans/post/cross-disciplinary dialogues about race, class and/or ethnicity and their complex intersections;
  • challenge discriminatory practices which result from race, class and/or ethnicity through discourse and activism;
  • provide critical discussions about the racialisation of culture;
  • engage in critical dialogues about ‘Whiteness’ and ‘White privilege’;
  • convene a series of events which seek to promote and disseminate research, scholarship, and practice on race/class/ethnicity;
  • develop collaborative relationships and projects with individuals, groups and/or institutions;
  • further the discourse and practice that challenge the essential logics woven into race, class and/or ethnicity. 

These aims govern its scholarship alongside a commitment to activate research through its responsibility to engage communities of interest in the development of critical praxis.


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