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Rianna Walcott is an LAHP-funded PhD candidate at Kings College London researching Black women's identity formation in digital spaces, and a graduate twiceover from the University of Edinburgh. She co-founded, a website that promotes inclusivity in academia and a decolonised curriculum. She frequently writes about feminism, mental health, race and literature for various publications including gal-demThe SkinnyThe Guardian, The Metro, The Wellcome Collection, The BBC, Vice, Disegno, and Dazed. Rianna is co-editor of an anthology about BAME mental health, The Colour of Madness, and campaigns for improved access to mental healthcare for BAME service users. She tweets at @rianna_walcott, and more information about her work can be found at

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Race
  • Black Feminism
  • Linguistics
  • Social Media and digital communities


  • Social Media
  • Race
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Campaigning
  • Digital Communities

Expertise and public engagement

Selected publications

  • The Colour of Madness, 2018, eds Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott.