Malcolm Richards



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Graduate School of Education
Department: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Thinking Schools @ Exeter

I am an independent doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter (Graduate School of Education), completing a PhD in collaboration with Thinking Schools @ Exeter. My research adopts a critical auto-ethnographic approach, examining how 'Black Atlantic' educators use funds of knowledge and identity to evaluate digital resources which advance culturally sustaining dialogic pedagogies in UK schools.

I have worked as a secondary school teacher (Media Studies, Citizenship) in London, the South East and South West of England (UK). I am a trade union activist, and have held roles representing Black educators with the National Education Union (NEU), Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Black Educators Alliance (BEA).

I am the founder and director of The Culture Yard (UK), a cultural community and social justice education project in the South West of England, and also hold advisory roles for number of digital education and social justice organisations internationally, including The Steve Sinnott Foundation (UK) and Diaspora AI (Kenya/USA).

My latest publication is - Beyond The Blockade: Education in Cuba (2020: co-editor); this includes the first-ever collection of essays by Black educators based in the UK, which explored observations of Cuba's socialist idealism and lived educational realities for Afro-Cuban communities in Havana and Pinar del Rio. 

You can follow me on Twitter: @malcolmrichards