Race, migration and inequality

Jon Burnett oversees the IRR’s multi-faceted database on racial attacks in the UK, and carries out research on racism and inequality. In addition to publishing ongoing reports through IRR News, he briefs journalists and commentators.

 Recent reports include:

  • Racial violence and the Brexit state examines the link between the language and behaviour of perpetrators of racial violence, the rhetoric and policy pronouncements of politicians over recent years and the stigmatising frameworks of the media (December, 2016). The paper can be downloaded here (pdf, 784 kb)
  • Entitlement and belonging: social restructuring and multicultural Britain examines the Housing and Planning and Immigration Bills 2015-16. It suggests they will accelerate the break-up and displacement of multicultural neighbourhoods, whilst facilitating the development of a ‘SUS culture’ as the ‘hostile environment principle’, long- established in immigration policy, is extended into housing (March, 2016). The paper can be downloaded here (pdf file, 401kb).
  • Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report: A report analysing the criminal justice system’s response to racist murders, or attacks with a known or suspected racial element, since the publication of the Macpherson report (January, 2014). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 1.02mb).
  • Racial violence: facing reality: A report on how racial violence is shaping the UK (February 2013). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 177kb).
  • New geographies of racism: Peterborough: A report focusing on racial violence in Peterborough, where the city’s migrant workers have been demonised and vilified by the tabloids in recent years (July 2012). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 384kb).
  • New geographies of racism: Stoke-on-Trent: A report focusing on racial violence in Stoke-on-Trent, which has been devastated by deindustrialisation, and where the proportion of the city’s Black and Minority Ethnic population has doubled in two decades (November 2011). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 440kb).
  • New geographies of racism: Plymouth: A report focusing on racial violence in Plymouth which is based on detailed research into the history and political economy of the city (June 2011). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 198kb).
  • Racial violence: the buried issue: An IRR report on dangerously high levels of racial violence in the UK – a violence which is spreading into new areas (June 2010). The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 300kb).
  • Counting the cost: An IRR report on how institutions have responded to incidents of racial violence (March 2001).  The report can be downloaded here (pdf file, 120kb).