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 a cis-male. I was born in London to Caribbean (Guyana and St Lucia) parents of African descent. I have been formally educated in the United Kingdom schooling system. I am a graduate of the African Caribbean supplementary school movement. I am a former teacher, senior leader, and advisory teacher in UK schools. I live with my wife and two daughters in Devon, United Kingdom. I am RastafarI.

My broad research interests focuses on dialogue, teaching education and development, and pedagogies in particular focused upon experiences of educators from Black British, African Caribbean and African diaspora communites in rural geographies. I am interested in where and how the dialogic intersects with experiences of race, identity and cultures in education. These interests has taken many forms.

My doctoral thesis (2019-2022) seeks to conceptualise a critical dialogic pedagogical framework, grounded in relations with 'funds of knowledge' of Black identies, cultures and communites, as represented in digital resources mediated by educators from across the Southwest of England. I am Project Lead of the Exeter Education Incubator funded project Introduction to Black British Studies: A New Interdisciplinary Module (2021-22), which is located within the College of Humanities and Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. I am also co-founder of the Black Educators Book Club, a postgraduate initiative hosted in partnership with Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (De Montfort University Leicester) and Race and Ethnicity in Education Network (University of Exeter).

I welcome enquiries from anyone interested in pursuing research opportunties on dialogue, contemporary teaching education and development or pedagogies with educators from rural diaspora communties across Europe.

You can follow me on Twitter: @malcolmrichards