Liz Fekete

Photo by Cinzia Dambrosi

Photo by Cinzia D’Ambrosi

Director of the Institute of Race Relations and head of its European Research Programme. She has worked at the IRR since 1982. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism and fascism, refugee rights, EU counter-radicalisation and anti-terrorism policies  and Islamophobia across Europe, and is author of A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto press, 2009) and Europe’s Fault Lines: racism and the rise of the Right (Verso, 2018) . Liz was part of the CARF Collective, and an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on asylum and the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is currently an associate of the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, and the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University, Australia.

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Jenny Bourne

Part-time Company Secretary and part-time joint editor of Race & Class. She has worked in a variety of different roles for the IRR since 1970 and has carried out research into and writes on race relations policy since the 1960s, institutional racism and aspects of anti-racist struggle. Recent pieces include ‘The rise and fall of institutional racism’, ‘The beatification of Enoch Powell’, ‘The Spaghetti House siege 1975: making the rhetoric real’. She is also curating the legacy derived from A. Sivanandan’s long political career.

To contact please email: for matters relating to the company; for matters relating to Race & Class; for matters relating to research on the history of race relations in the UK or the work of A. Sivanandan.


Hazel Waters

Part-time joint editor of Race & Class. She previously worked full-time at the IRR from 1969 as senior librarian and assistant editor of Race & Class. Her PhD research was published in 2007 as Racism on the Victorian stage and she lectures on the subject, being an authority on Ira Aldridge.

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 Anya Edmond-Pettitt

Office Manager and European Research Programme Assistant to the Director. She has experience of working in the voluntary sector, holds a history degree and Masters degree in Transnational Studies, with a focus on European colonial migration and is fluent in French. She assists the Director, including on the European Research Programme, administers the organisation of IRR and coordinates the Black History Collection and its outreach work.  She contributed to the IRR report ‘Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity’ and has written for the Journal of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

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Sophia Siddiqui

sophiaDeputy Editor of Race & Class. As well as  assisting the editors and managing the production of Race & Class, Sophia is researching and writing on anti-racist feminism in the UK, and also coordinates IRR News. She has a BA in English Literature, and her articles on racism and feminism can be found on gal-dem.

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Jessica Perera

Researcher on the UK programme. She is carrying out research on the policing of inequality and is the author of  The London Clearances: Race, Housing and Policing, based on her Master’s thesis into the regeneration of London’s council estates and the dispossession of BAME communities via gentrification.  She has an MA in Postcolonial Studies and Global Policy and has previously worked in youth centres and as a policy research intern at Citizens Advice, where she looked at people’s experiences on Universal Credit.

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Liam Shrivastava

Communications Officer. He is responsible for the Institute’s communications channels and widening its reach and engagement. Liam has several years’ experience in the media and communications field and previously worked with Red Pepper Magazine and the Media Reform Coalition. Liam holds an MA in Political Communications and is interested in media representations of race and migration.

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The late A. Sivanandan

SivaHe was founder editor of Race & Class, IRR Director from 1973-2013 and one of the foremost thinkers on racism, globalisation and black history in the UK. His books, Catching history on the wing and novel on Sri Lanka, When Memory Dies are available. To commemorate his work, Communities of Resistance is being reissued in 2019 and a website about his work is under construction.

A page of tributes to him is available here.