BAME women academics in the global academy



Global movements online and offline, such as the BLM movement, #citeblackwomen campaign and #blackintheivory have had varying impacts upon racially minoritised women scholars but have helped to shine a spotlight on the accounts of minoritised academics in the global higher education space. With racially minoritised academics severely under-represented in senior management positions and less likely achieve professorships in the UK and the US, Minoritised academics are experiencing an ‘unspoken system of exclusion’ (Bhopal, 2022, AdvanceHE, 2021, Bhopal, 2020, Ijoma et al., 2021).  Within this backdrop of marginalisation and underrepresentation, racially minoritised women academics also experience multiple and competing barriers in navigating, succeeding, and surviving within the academy, such as barriers to promotion and progression (Rollock, 2019, King, 2020); navigating hostile and exclusionary spaces (HEPI, 2020; Alexander & Arday, Alexander & Arday, 2015, Bhopal, 2022); the experience of racism and microaggressions (Sykes, 2021, Arday, 2021) and accounts of navigating differential treatment in Doctoral programmes and supervision compared to White PhD students (Arday, 2017, 2021, GuildHE, 2022).
Applying an intersectional lens to understanding the experiences of racially minoritised women academics uncovers how multiple identities and characteristics shape and impact upon lived experience and resulting disadvantage (Crenshaw's 1989, 1991, Mokhele, 2013). It is, therefore, important, in addressing social justice and inclusion in higher education, to not only amplify the voices of racially minoritised women in academia who so often are silenced and side-lined (Muhs, 2012, Carmichael-Murphy & Gabi Dr, 2021), but to seek strategies to tackle the inequalities experienced by this broad group of academics.
Our aim in this special issue is to uncover the coping strategies and techniques that racially minoritised women academics employ to counter racism and inequality in higher education space are also important to understand racially minoritised women scholars' lived experience in the global academy. In this respect, there is a lack of research on the ‘lived discriminatory experiences’ of racially minoritised academics within the academy (Arday, 2022), and the methods by which these academics attempt to navigate the ivory tower. Uncovering this narrative thread provides an invaluable insight and resource for racially minoritised women academics that are in the pipeline, and those, at all stages of their careers - from doctoral researchers, early career researchers through to professors and senior managers.

List of topic areas


  • Coping strategies and tools for navigating and surviving within the global academy
  •  Navigating progression and promotion in academia
  •  Reflections on navigating the PhD journey as a racially minoritized woman
  •  Engaging in EDI and race work in academic organisations
  •  Accounts of lived experience of intersectionality within academia
  •  Forms of activism, resistance and rebellion
  •  Migrant women academics and the politics of policing and surveillance
  •  Unique barriers that block the implementation of race equity programmes in academia (and/or strategies to overcome these barriers
  •  Forms of taxation experienced by racially minoritized women academics and the resulting unequal and/or differential expectations and demands compared to white academics
  • Decolonial strategies in academia
  • Racism, microaggressions and the experience of intersectional discrimination 

Guest Editors

Dr Yaz Osho, United Kingdom, [email protected]

Danielle Chavritmootoo, United Kingdom, [email protected]

Dr Marlo de Lara, USA,  [email protected]

Dr Carlette Norwood, UK,  [email protected]

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Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 01/12/2022
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 31/03/2023