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Race and Racism Research at King's

As a world-leading university dedicated to academic, educational and investigative excellence, addressing issues of race, fighting racism and racial inequality are central to King’s College London’s mission of serving society and making the world a better place, as demonstrated in Vision 2029. 

That mission involves action on the level of policy, culture, and practice, and King’s Race Equality Action Plan makes clear commitments to address racism, discrimination and inequality within the institution.

From the perspective of Research Strategy and Development, a commitment to more open and responsible forms of research assessment and evaluation can help foster a more inclusive and equitable setting within which to conduct research, and address some of the systemic issues which can contribute to entrenched bias in research reward systems.

Beyond such necessary institutional action, it is imperative to recognise and promote the vital and cross-disciplinary research being done at King’s to better understand and intervene to address racial and social inequality across its manifestations. 

Law and Political Economy

Research in legal and political economy understands and challenges inequalities via scholarship in the legal and political economic framework through which they are constructed and administered. Some examples of research projects taking place across King's include:

  • Research on the relationship between race and police violence
  • Research on social mobility and wages
  • Research on race and politican theory
History

The study of history can reveal uncomfortable but necessary truths about the roots of contemporary inequality. The research being done in History, War Studies, and Geography on the nationalist and transnational, and colonial and postcolonial histories can serve to bridge the gap between historical and contemporary understandings of racism and racial inequality. Some example of research taking place across King's include:

  • Research on the relationship between race and intellectural life in the United States
  • Research on decolonisation
  • Research on the history of race and slavery in the Atlantic
Social Sciences, Humanities and Cultural Studies

Research on social sciences, humanities and cultural studies helps us understand race from an alternate, people-centred perspective. In taking this approach, we are able to diversify our understanding of the way in which race and racism has altered and inspired the cultures and enviornments in which we live today. Some examples of research taking place at KIng's includes:

  • Research on the different forms of cultural expressions across the world
  • Racism and the representation of Brazil's indigenous communities
  • Research on memory, landscape and literature 
Health and Medicine 

Research directed at improved health outcomes takes place across faculties, including Life Science & Medicine, Nursing & Palliative Care, Social Science & Public Policy, and Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. The nature of this research varies, from clinical trials, to public health programming, to evidence-based policy formulation. Some examples pf research projects taking place at King's include:

  • Research on the impact of social and cultural inequalities on mental health
  • Research on diabetes in African and Caribbean communities 
  • Research on race and the transmission of HIV

The above examples are by no means an exhuastive list of research taking place at King's. As a community at the forefront of intellectual conversations, our research is constantly growing and expanding, to include new conversations, ideas and perspectives. 

If you are interested in further understanding research relating to race, anti-racism and social justice as a whole taking place at Kings, or want more information on specific pieces, researchers, and the impact that their work is having in the academic community, and too, the world, you can read an internal report here (link to be provided soon). 

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