The Centre for Research in Race and Education - CRRE

Based in the School of Education, CRRE conducts world class research on racism and race inequality in education.

CRRE is working to close gaps in educational achievement and improve the educational experiences and career outcomes of Black and minority ethnic people.


Critcal Race Theory

In recent weeks Critical Race Theory (CRT) has received a great deal of publicity, on both sides of the Atlantic. Much of the discussion is fuelled by gross and inaccurate caricatures of CRT. Contrary to some of the depictions on Twitter, on talk-shows and even in Parliament;

  • CRT does not view all White people as evil and racist.
  • CRT does not peddle a view of Black people as powerless victims.
  • CRT does not imagine that racism is the only social problem and thereby erase issues of class, gender, disability and other forms of discrimination.

CRT is a thoughtful and multi-faceted approach to understanding how racism operates across society, including through both individual actions and through structural processes that shape the everyday reality in education, the health service, the criminal justice system and politics. CRT began in the US but has grown to become an international approach, used by scholars in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. Those who use and contribute to CRT are a very diverse group of people, including members of different ethnic groups, different nationalities, different genders and people with disabilities. Learn more about CRT

Vini Lander, Leeds Beckett University and David Gillborn, University of Birmingham

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Bhopal, Kalwant (2018) White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society. Bristol: Policy Press. 

Crawford, Claire E.  (2019) The one-in-ten: quantitative Critical Race Theory and the education of the ‘new (white) oppressed’, Journal of Education Policy, 34:3, 423-444, DOI:10.1080/02680939.2018.1531314 

Gholami, R. (2020) Coronavirus: Social distancing is cutting asylum seekers off from education and support. The Conversation (6 April 2020)

Gholami, R. & Sreberny, A. (2018) “Integration, Class and Secularism: the Marginalization of Shia Identities in the UK Iranian Diaspora,” Journal of Contemporary Islam. 

Gillborn, David (2018) Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Anti-Black Racism as Fluid, Relentless, Individual and Systemic, Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1): 66-77. DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2017.1403178 

Kiwan, D. (2017). ‘Emotive acts of citizenship, social change and knowledge production in Lebanon’, Interface, 9(2), 114-142.

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