Dr Jason Arday                                                                                                                Research Associate

Dr Jason Arday is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology. Jason is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank. Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London in the UK.

Jason also sits on the following trade union equality committees: Trade Union Congress (TUC) Race Relations Committee; University and College Union (UCU) Black Members’ Standing Committee and the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research and was formerly an Elected Steering Committee Member of the Parliamentary Group Comprehensive Future. Jason is also part of the Universities UK Advisory Group on tackling racial harassment in higher education. He is a Graduate of the Operation Black Vote (OBV) MP Parliamentary Scheme, a scheme focused on unearthing the next generation of ethnic minority Parliamentarians. 

Jason’s research focuses on Race, Education and Social Justice. He is the Co-Editor of two policy publications with Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester) and Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), which have been disseminated within UK Parliament from the Runnymede Perspectives collection funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy (February, 2015) and The Runnymede School Report Race: Education and Inequality in Contemporary Britain (September, 2015). He has also completed a report for University and College Union (UCU) entitled Exploring Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctoral Students’ perceptions of a career in Academia: Experiences, Perceptions and Career Progression published in June 2017. Jason is the recent co-author of the Leading Routes’ The Broken Pipeline Report: Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding with Paulette Williams, Sukhi Bath and Chantelle Lewis. In January 2020, he published a report for The Black Curriculum entitled Black British History in the National Curriculum.

Jason is the author of the following titles: Considering Racialized Contexts in Education: Using Reflective Practice and Peer-Mentoring to support Black and Ethnic Minority educators (Routledge); Being Young, Black and Male: Challenging the dominant discourse (Palgrave); and Exploring Cool Britannia and Multi-Ethnic Britain: Uncorking the Champagne Supernova (Routledge). He is the Co-Editor of the highly acclaimed Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave) with Professor Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Jason is the Lead-editor of the book series on Race and Education (Palgrave) with Professor Michael Peters (Beijing Normal University), Professor Paul Warmington (University of Warwick), Professor Vikki Boliver (Durham University), Professor Zeus Leonardo (University of California) and Professor James Moore III (The Ohio State University).

Jason also serves on the Editorial Boards of Educational Philosophy and Theory, and the British Sociological Association (BSA) journal Sociology. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, as well as public and community events.

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