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Ethnicity, Networks and Voice Mechanisms in Established and Hard to Reach BME Communities: Capacity Building and Beyond

Grant reference: RES-451-26-0465

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Organised event details

Inaugural meeting of the Voice and Ethnicity Research and Action Network
The ESRC seminar series was focused on the way participative mechanisms and new forms of representation were emerging in BME communities. It tried to map the way communities and social organisations viewed and responded to participation gaps. However, in the past two years we have seen a new political climate posing serious challenges to the participation and networking around equality issues. First, we have a new formal questioning of social and equality rights in the UK disguised in the form of a defence of 'regulatory simplicity'. Second, the resourcing of social organisations related to equality is being undermined within a generalised assault on the welfare state. Third, discourse at the UK government and EU levels have accelerated and are clearly attempting to be a populist attempt at indicating a change in policy on migration. Consequently, the environment has become even more difficult, providing further challenges to both minority ethnic communities and the agenda of social and equality rights. The meeting will focus on two questions. First, how have these changes impacted on the structures of representation within - and concerning -various communities? Second how should VERN develop its agenda as a network in relation to these changes?

Primary contributor

Organiser Nelarine Cornelius

Additional contributors

Organiser Miguel Martinez Lucio
Contributor Robert MacKenzie
Contributor Asif Afridi
Contributor Robert Perrett

Bodies involved

Host Bradford University School of Management

Additional details

This event and network would not have taken place without the prior existence of the ESRC seminar series. The event managed to construct a plan of action for the work of VERN and the discussion was recorded and transcribed.
27 April 2012
27 April 2012