Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)

C3R's directors consult regular with our steering committee members, who are some of our long-standing community partners and collaborators.  We rely on our steering committee members to shape our community-led, academically-driven research and engagement.



Local partners, global impact




Steering committee members

Janna Graham
Janna is the Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary, and co-organised our October Dialogues 2015.

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Janna has previously worked as a Projects Curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London where she oversaw the Edgeware Road Project, an international artist in residence programme in a London neighbourhood. Based at the recently invented Centre for Possible Studies, the Edgware Road Project invites collaborations between local and visiting artists and the people who live and work in the area.  Collaborators create 'studies of the possible' which take the form of art projects, study groups, exchanges, performances, discussions and an ongoing free cinema school. In past lives, Graham has initiated a number of radical pedagogy projects combining popular education, participatory research and the arts. Graham is one of nine members of the international sound art collective Ultra-red and works with the Micropolitics Research Group in London.

Visit Janna's profile on the Nottingham Contemporary website.


Boseda Olawoye
Bo is an Independent Learning & Engagement Curator (2013 to present) based in Nottingham and Community Engagement Producer at New Art Exchange (Feb 2016 to present).

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Previously she was the Learning Curator for The Samuel Morley Programme (January to December 2015) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund at Backlit: a contemporary approach to exploring local history and how an artists’ studio can collaborate with local communities. Between 2014 and 2015, she worked as the Youth Co-ordinator for Get Up Stand Up!–a project exploring international human rights with The New Art Exchange and The Galleries of Justice. 

In the past she has worked for The Bonnington Gallery (Nottingham Trent University) and Sensitive Skin Festival (2001–2004), Angel Row Gallery (2005–2008), Hinterland Projects (2006), Nottingham Contemporary (2008–2012), and Primary Studios (Board member 2013–2014).

Visit Bo's website for a more detailed profile.


Lisa Robinson
Lisa is a community activist and the Director of Bright Ideas Nottingham. She co-organised our October Dialogues 2015, is a member of the #BlackLivesMatter Nottingham chapter that grew out of our conference and spoke at our Get Up Stand Up series.

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Bright Ideas Nottingham  works with local people to effect change and improvement in their communities. It believes that community voice should be heard and that people from the community will inspire and direct the most necessary and positive changes in the places where they live. It seeks to improve services for local people through cultural brokerage and community engagement and involvement.

Their expertise includes:

  • Research
  • Training and development
  • Devising campaigns and information materials
  • Hosting vibrant events
  • Training trainers
  • Encouraging local people to be involved through volunteering.

Bright Ideas Nottingham present and past clients and partners include The Workers Educational Association, The African Caribbean and Asian Forum, One Nottingham, Nottingham CitiHealth, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, The Partnership Council, Lenton and Dunkirk Partnership, NHS Nottingham City, Nottingham City Council, Cambridge University and Nottingham University, and many others.

Visit the website of Bright Ideas Nottingham for more information.


Nahem Yousaf
Professor Nahem Yousaf is Head of English, Culture and Media at Nottingham Trent University, and a C3R partner on a new project about decolonising museums and galleries.

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He is a board member for Nottingham City of Literature (UNESCO) and a leading member of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, a C3R partner which he led from 2004-12 . His research focuses on postcolonial, black British and new immigrant American writing and film, and his publications include Alex La Guma: Politics and Resistance (2001), Apartheid Narratives (2001), Chinua Achebe (2003) and he is working on the writing of immigrant groups who are under-represented in studies of Southern (US) literature and history and whose representations contribute to an ongoing conversation about the global south and transnational contexts.

Visit Nahem's Nottingham Trent University profile page for a full list of publications, research projects, and contact info.


Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)

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