‘Here at Flowhesion I strongly believe that pertinent and timely research is vital to work towards reducing barriers Black and Minority¬†Ethnic, Refugee (Bamer) communities face on a daily basis. The centre has been established to work with our public sector partners to deliver on these objectives. I am proud to head the centre, given my own academic background in safeguarding, lecturing and heading up social work programmes at The University of Huddersfield. I feel that empirical research, focused on better understanding the many challenges bamer communities face, will add to the narrative of change and social mobility that underpins our societal progress.¬† I can draw on my own experiences of also heading up the None in 3 global research centre on eliminating gender based violence and abuse at The University of Huddersfield, that demonstrates how empirical research can add weight to drive policy changes.¬† I look forward to working with a dedicated research team and our public sector partners to affect positive change for bamer communities.’

Gillian Kirkman

Head of The Flowhesion Centre for Bamer Research.