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Dr Karis Campion

Job: Legacy in Action Research Fellow

Faculty: Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

School/department: Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: karis.campion@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Karis is a Legacy in Action Research Fellow at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. Her current research focuses on barbershops and examines their function as counter-hegemonic spaces and key social institutions for Black communities in Britain. Prior to this role she was a Research Associate at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester and held a lectureship at City, University of London (2018).

She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2017 as part of an ESRC +3 studentship. Her thesis examined the macro and micro-politics of the Black mixed-race experience as a personal identity and as an emerging social/ethnic category in Britain, from the 1960s to the present day. Prior to that she completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at Manchester (2013).

She is currently writing a book entitled Making Mixed Race: A Study of Time, Place and Identity (Routledge). Her research interests span areas of (mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race in urban space, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education. 

She sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review, the UKCGE Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research and is an affiliate member of CoDE. Outside of academia she is a school governor and serves on the voluntary management committee of an adventure playground in Brixton, London.

Publications and outputs

Journal articles

Campion, K & Clark, K. (2021) Revitalising race equality policy? Assessing the impact of the Race Equality Charter mark for British universities, Race Ethnicity and Education, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2021.1924133

Campion, K. (2021) ‘Mapping Black mixed-race Birmingham: Place, locality and identity’, The Sociological Review. doi: 10.1177/00380261211006325.

Campion, K (2019) “You think you’re Black?” Exploring Black mixed-race experiences of Black rejection, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42:16, 196-213 https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1642503

Other publications

https://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/25345/bsa_race_and_ethnicity_in_british_sociology_report.pdf

https://wonkhe.com/blogs/universities-must-not-forget-about-bame-students-during-this-crisis/

gal-dem.com/what-its-like-being-the-only-woman-in-the-black-barbershop/

https://discoversociety.org/2019/05/22/rapid-response-royal-baby-archie-and-black-mixed-race-people-in-britain/

blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2018/10/can-british-universities-be-sites-for-reparative-justice/

https://theconversation.com/diane-abbott-and-misogynoir-colourism-anti-blackness-and-sexism-in-the-uk-110413

Research interests/expertise

(mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race in urban space, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education.

Qualifications

  • PGCert in Academic Practice (HEA Fellow)
  • PhD Sociology
  • MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics
  • BSocSci Sociology

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Sociological Association

Projects

Bringing the Black Barbershop into Focus: exploring its significance as a counter-hegemonic space and social institution

My current research is based within the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. The project is an ethnographic study of Caribbean and African owned barbershops in the South London Borough of Lambeth. The project will examine the social functions of Black barbershops as protected racialised spaces within two neighbourhoods that are experiencing racialised gentrification.

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