Malcolm Richards

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

Project Summary

Research projects

Exeter Education Incubator (2020/21). Cultural Community Mentoring Programme (CCMP). Project Team. Dr Sana Rivzi, Malcolm Richards and Helen Knowler. Funded 1-year project to develop, implement and evaluate a mentoring framework, which connects Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPoC) initial teacher education trainees with experienced BiPoC teaching professionals across the South West of England.

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Exeter Education Incubator (2020/21). Decolonial Knowledge Production and Anti-Racist Pedagogies: Building a Cross-Disciplinary Community of Practice. Project Team: Lara Choksey (English & Film, Wellcome Centre), Stacey Hynd (History), Abram Foley (English & Film), Joseph Lee (Law School), Katherine Natanel (IAIS), Malcolm Richards (Graduate School of Education), Angelique Richardson (English & Film), Nicola Thomas (Geography), Andrea Wallace (Law School). Funded 1-year project to build a cross-disciplinary community of practice around decolonial thought and anti-racist pedagogies which engages students and staff across all Colleges at the University of Exeter. 

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GSE EDI Seminar Series Series (2020/21). De/colonising Educational Relationships in Teacher Education. Led by Fatmakhanu (fatima) Pirbhai-Illich (University of Regina), and Fran Martin (University of Exeter). Co-Investigator for a monthly lunchtime seminar series and research project taking place over 2020/21, discussing the de/colonial imaginary developed in a Canadian teacher education context (Pirbhai & Martin, 2020) and exploring how it might be adapted for UK context. 

Project briefing: De/colonising Educational Relationships in Teacher Education [Accessed 2 November 2020]

Seminar Series - Decolonizing Educational Relationships in Teacher Education - YouTube [2020/21]


Centre for Social Mobility. But is it homeschooling? The experiences of schooling at  home during the school closure from the perspective of experienced home-educators (2020) â€‹Project Team. Prof. Anna Mountford-Zimdars (University of Exeter), with Jo Merritt, Hatice Yildrum, Malcolm Richards (Graduate School of Education). A five-month project exploring the reflections of experienced homeschooling familes during post-Covid-19 school lockdown and social distancing measures.

Merrett, J., Richards., M. & Mountford-Zimdars, A. (2020). 'The Voice of Experienced Elective Home Educating (EHE) parents: the risk of missing home-educated children in the education policy response to school closure and lessons for adapting home schooling, [online], Available from: [Accessed 7 September 2020]


Research Grants 

Exeter Education Incubator (2021/22). Towards a Black British Studies open module. Humanites and Graduate School of Education. (TBC)

Exeter Education Incubator (2020/21). Cultural Community Mentoring Programme (CCMP). Graduate School of Education. (joint bid: £5,000)

Exeter Education Incubator (2020/21). Decolonial Knowledge Production and Anti-Racist Pedagogies: Building a Cross-Disciplinary Community of Practice. (joint bid: £20,000).

Individual Research fellowships and awards

Researcher-led Initiative (RLI) (2021) award at Graduate School of Education in the University of Exeter.

Small Grant Award (2019) Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

Teacher Scholarship (2018) Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

Travelling Fellowship (2014) Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT)


Supervisory Team

PhD Supervisor: Dr Judith Kleine Staarman  Senior Lecturer in Education, Programme Leader of MA Technology, Creativity and Thinking and Director of Thinking Schools @Exeter

PhD Supervisor: Dr Alexandra Allan Associate Professor, Director of Education - Graduate School of Education

Wider Research Interests

Conferences (Papers, presentations and talks)

Scholarly Engagement:

  • Organising assistant, book launch for Decolonzing and Democratization (edited by Siseko Kumalo, University of Pretoria, South Africa), 30 April 2021.
  • Co-convenor of Black British Studies reading group (2020/21), Race, Ethnicity in Education Network - University of Exeter & Stephen Lawrence Research Centre @ De Montfort University. April - June 2021.

Research interests:

  • Decolonizing relationships in teacher education and development;
  • Black British histories, identities, cultures and communities
  • race, class and diaspora in education;
  • Citizenship, religious education and human rights education;
  • critical autoethnographies, counter stories and narratives;
  • digital futures, technology, memory and remembering;

Wider research networks

Authored Publications/Reports

Co-editor (1st September 2021) , The Open Review Journal (2020/21)