NEWS25 June 2021

Survey launched on black British identity

Inclusion News UK

UK – The University of Cambridge’s sociology department, consultancy I-Cubed and newspaper The Voice have launched the Black British Voices research project to explore how black British identities are changing.

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As part of the multi-stage project, the researchers are conducting an online survey to gauge opinions and attitudes of black people in the UK and influence policy and research.

Running until July, the survey covers questions on issues of representation, discrimination, awareness, and change over time, with topics including identity, politics, business, education and mental health.

The project is led by Cambridge sociologist and author Kenny Monrose.

The research will inform a report outlining the concerns, views and perspectives of black people in Britain, set to be published at the end of the year.

Researchers will also produce a toolkit collating information, lesson plans and workshops aimed at developing racial literacy and awareness within institutions.

Maggie Semple, co-chief executive, I-Cubed and co-founder of the project, said: "The narrative of being black in Britain has been written and rewritten by so many different people, but what we’ve yet to hear and see is a commentary built on good data that draws on themes that matter to black people today."

Paulette Simpson, director, The Voice, said: "Today, black Britons are still largely misunderstood and misrepresented in many facets of life. We must manage and communicate our own narrative on how it feels to be black and British."