Co-POWeR project to launch on Wednesday 30 June 2021

The Co-POWeR project will explore the ways in which discrimination is worsening the impact of COVID-19 on people in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK.

In 2020, the School of Law’s Professor Iyiola Solanke (Co-POWeR project’s principal investigator) said “Two viruses – COVID-19 and discrimination – are currently killing in the UK”.  

The impact of both cause long-term poor outcomes and the Co-POWeR project will look at their combined impact on practices for wellbeing and resilience across Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Families and Communities (BAMEFC) in the UK.  

Co-POWeR is a multi-disciplinary consortium of nine academics from across the UK, eight of whom are members of the Black Female Professors Forum.  

Joining Professor Solanke in the consortium are: 

  • Florence Ayisi, Professor of International Documentary Film from the University of South Wales  

  • Claudia Bernard, Professor of Social Work & Head of Postgraduate Research at Goldsmiths, University of London  

  • Gargy Bhattacharyya, Professor of Sociology at University of East London  

  • Anna Gupta, Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway  

  • Raminder Kaur, Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex  

  • Monica Lakhanpaul, Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at UCL (University College London)  

  • Shirin Rai, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick  

  • Maria Stokes, Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the University of Southampton. 

The Co-POWeR project launch will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 14.00-16.00 BST

Register for your free place at the launch event

Find out more information on the Co-POWeR website