Mr Malcolm Richards

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About me

I am a Black [British] cis-heterosexual male. I was born in Hackney to Caribbean (Guyana and St Lucia) parents of African descent. I am the eldest of three children. I am an English and [English] Caribbean patois speaker. I am RastafarI.

 I am a graduate of the African Caribbean supplementary school movement (Josina Machel and Dimbaleh). I have been formally educated at every level of the United Kingdom schooling system (from EYFS to PhD). I am a qualified teacher, former senior leader, and school's governor, and previously worked in schools across London, Buckinghamshire, Devon (UK).

Since 2022, I have worked in SEAC as a Senior Lecturer in Education. I am the co-lead for the Equity in Education research strand for the Education and Childhood Research Group. I am module lead for Policy and Contemporary Issues (Primary PGCE) and Inclusive Teaching & Learning (Primary undergraduate).

Area of expertise

I welcome enquiries from anyone interested in engaging in race and social justice in teacher education research, particularly in explorations of comparative teaching and learning for schooling across global South and global North contexts. 

My doctoral thesis explores how Funds of Identity approaches could be applied to examine how teachers relate with Black community cultural wealth, and advance notions of racial justice teaching in a rural and white-majority English context.

My ongoing research interests include Black Studies in Education, resistance and Funds of Identity, critical race methodologies, decoloniality, teachers, and teacher education, and dialogic learning for 21st century schooling.

I am a reviewer for several educational journals, and have contributed to multiple publications, reports and academic papers. I have presented papers at peer reviewed conferences (national and international) and am a regular discussant to public educational forums, digital podcasts.

In addition, I am the founder and co-lead for Network for Black Studies in Education across Britain with UWE Bristol. I am also co/owner of Bookbag, an independent bookshop in Exeter (UK). I am also co-founder and editor for We Cook Up, an independent publisher of stories about food, cultures and communities. 


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