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, 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. Liz Fekete can be contacted via the following email: 


Jenny Bourne

Part-time Company Secretary and part-time joint editor of Race & Class. She manages IRR’s fund-raising and the Black History Collection and also writes on aspects of British racism. She has worked in a variety of different roles for the IRR since 1970 and has written on institutional racism, Zionism and Jewish identity, feminism and aspects of anti-racist struggle. To contact please email: for matters relating to the company; to visit the Black History Collection; for matters relating to Race & Class.


Hazel Waters

Part-time joint editor of Race & ClassShe 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. To contact please email:


Anya Edmond-Pettitt

Office manager, secretary and European Research Programme assistant to the Director. She has a Masters in Transnational Studies, with a focus on European colonial migration and is fluent in French. Anya previously worked at Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. She has volunteered with a charity supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in south west London and more recently travelled to Calais to support the refugee aid work on the ground.  To contact please email:


Sophia Siddiqui

sophiaEditorial Assistant for Race & Class. She has a BA degree in English Literature, where her dissertation focused on the work of Etel Adnan, an Arab American writer and artist. Sophia  spent five weeks interning at the Palestine-Israel journal in East Jerusalem in 2016, and has written for various media outlets, including gal-dem, The Times and the Palestine-Israel Journal. She volunteers with the NUHA foundation, an international writing competition. To contact, please email


The late A. Sivanandan

SivaHe was Director Emeritus of the IRR and advisory editor of Race & Class, the journal he founded. He was 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. The ‘Sivanandan Collection’ of books, journals and pamphlets on race relations from 1964-2000, when he was chief librarian at the IRR, can be consulted at the University of Warwick Ethnicity and Migration Collections.