People

Liz Fekete

Director of the Institute of Race Relations and head of its European research programme.

She has worked at IRR for 29 years. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism, refugee rights, far-right extremism and Islamophobia across Europe and is author of A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe and They Are Children Too: a study of Europe’s deportation policies. 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 King’s College London. Her most recent project, Alternative Voices on Integration in Europe, foregrounded the work of youth groups and innovative anti-racist projects whose initiatives are largely ignored by the mainstream.

To contact please email: liz@irr.org.uk

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 IRR for more than 40 years and written on institutional racism, Zionism and Jewish identity, feminism and aspects of anti-racist struggle.

To contact please email: info@irr.org.uk for matters relating to the company; bhc@irr.org.uk to visit the Black History Collection; raceandclass@irr.org.uk for matters relating to Race & Class.

Hazel Waters

Part-time joint editor of Race & Class. She previously worked fulltime for over 40 years 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: hazel@irr.org.uk

 

Harmit Athwal

Has worked at IRR for 15 years, edits and manages IRR News, the IRR’s online news service and carries out research into deaths in custody, during deportation and related to racial violence in the UK. Recent reports include Driven to desperate measures, Racial violence: the buried issue and Asylum deaths: what to do next. In her outreach role, she has variously worked with groups such as United Families and Friends Campaign, Medical Justice and Corporate Watch.

To contact please email: mit@irr.org.uk.

Jon Burnett

Assistant editor of IRR News and carries out research into racial violence, domestic race policy in the UK and the economics of migration. He has previously worked as a researcher for Medical Justice and Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Leeds. Recent reports include State sponsored cruelty:children in immigration detention and, with Dave Whyte, The Wages of Fear. His reports on New geographies of racism are published by IRR.

To contact please email: jon@irr.org.uk.

Ryan Erfani-Ghettani

Provides support and assistance to Race & Class and IRR News.

To contact please email: ryan@irr.org.uk.

A. Sivanandan

Director Emeritus of the IRR and advisory editor of Race & Class, the journal he founded.

He was Director of the IRR from 1973-2013 and is 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.

To contact please email: info@irr.org.uk.