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I teach on degree programmes in politics, public relations, advertising and marketing communications. A former print and online journalist, I previously lectured in journalism at London Metropolitan University, University of Salford and Birkbeck, University of London, before joining BU. In addition to my full-time academic role, I am the Founder and Director of Black British Academics, an independent network working to tackle racial inequalities in the higher education sector.


My research has two distinct strands. The first strand is concerned with political discourse and communication, raced and gendered constructions and representation in media and popular culture and identity politics. The second strand of my research is concerned both with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education and with equality, diversity and inclusion in academic and educational practice. I aim to provide critical and nuanced understandings on racial inequalities in higher education as they impact both staff and students. My research is also focused on critical pedagogies linked both to my own teaching and consultancy work undertaken for HEIs. The broad focus that links both dimensions of this strand is the key objective of decolonising, democratizing and diversifying the institutional culture in higher education.

I specialise in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. I employ a range of research methods including focus groups, interviews and case studies, critical ethnography, autoethnography, virtual ethnography and cyberethnography.


I am interested in supervising students on qualitative research projects related to my research interests as outlined above .


  • Gabriel, D. and Tate, S.A., 2017. Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. London: Trentham Books.

Journal Articles



  • Gabriel, D., 2017. Overcoming objectification and dehumanisation in academia. In: Gabriel, D. and Tate, S.A., eds. Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. London: Trentham Books.
  • Gabriel, D., 2016. Race, Racism and Resistance in British Academia. In: Fereidooni,, K. and El, M., eds. A Critical Study of (Trans) National Racism: Interdependence of Racist Phenomenon and Resistance Forms. Wiesbaden: SpringerVS.
  • Gabriel, D., 2015. Alternative Voices in Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere. In: Thorsen, E., Jackson, D., Savigny, H. and Alexander, J., eds. Media, Margins and Civic Agency. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Gabriel, D., 2018. Promoting Social Transformation in Communication Practice: Pedagogies of Social Justice & Cultural Democracy. In: 18th Int'l Conference on E-learning & Innovative Pedagogies 2-3 March 2018 St John's University New York.
  • Gabriel, D., 2017. Embedding Inclusion, Equality and Liberation in Media Higher Education. In: Global Conference on Education, Research and Policy 11 April 2017 Holiday Inn, College Park, Washington DC.
  • Gabriel, D., 2016. Inside the Ivory Tower: Women’s Self-Empowerment and Leadership through the Black Sister Network. In: Third International Conference on Advances in Women's Studies 30-31 July 2016 Buffalo, New York State.
  • Gabriel, D. and Richards, A., 2016. Social Justice Pedagogy & Cultural Democracy: Promoting Inclusion & Equality in Further & Higher Education. In: IAFOR International Conference on Education 8-11 January 2016 Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Gabriel, D., 2015. Challenging the whiteness of Britishness: co-creating British social history in the blogosphere. In: 4th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology & Design 18-19 May 2015 Dubai. online: ICCMTD.
  • Gabriel, D., 2014. Blogging While Black, British and Female: Identity, Representation and Social Impact in the Blogogsphere. In: Cyberspace 2014 28-29 November 2014 Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Gabriel, D., 2013. Alternative Voices in Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere. In: Minority Voices: Media & Politics 13-14 November 2013 Bournemouth University.
  • Gabriel, D., 2012. Finding alternative voices in the blogosphere using autobiographical ethnography and virtual ethnography in a study on African Caribbean Bloggers. In: Research Methods in Media Discourse 17 November 2012 De Montfort University.
  • Gabriel, D., 2012. African Caribbean Bloggers in the UK: Alternative Voices on the Web. In: Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2-5 July 2012 Sorbonne University, Paris.

Scholarly Editions


  • Gabriel, D., 2014. Blogging While Black and British: An Exploratory Study on the Use of Blogs as Social, Cultural and Counterhegemonic Practice. PhD Thesis. University of Salford, School of Arts and Media.

PhD Students

  • Kimberley McFarland. Exploring how educators can use experiential e-learning to teach entrepreneurial and business literacy to high school students

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Media Inequality L6 (Unit Leader)
  • Experiencing Politics L4 (Unit Leader)
  • Dissertation Supervisor L6
  • Social Communication L6 (Unit Leader)

Invited Lectures

  • Blending Scholarship & Activism, De Montfort University, 14 Feb 2018 more
  • Teaching for Social Change, Sheffield Hallam University, 18 Oct 2017 more
  • Cultural Democracy: A Framework for Race Equality, Swansea University, 23 Oct 2014 more


  • Generating Research Impact Through Engagement With the Communication Industries (Bournemouth University, 03 Feb 2017). Awarded
  • Curriculum Diversification and Inclusive Teaching Practice Programme (BU Fair Access Funds, 31 Jan 2017). Awarded
  • Cultural Democracy Framework for Race Equality UK Partnership Project (RKEO, 01 Apr 2015). Awarded

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Chair, UG Ethics Committee
  • Member, TeachBU Assessment Panel
  • Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Committee

Consultancy Activities

  • Curriculum Diversification & Inclusive Teaching Practice Training Programme, Training and Development. University of the Arts London, Aisha Richards, 01 Aug 2016
  • Curriculum Diversification Programme, Curriculum Review and Development. London College of Communication, Aisha Richards, 20 Nov 2015
  • Consultation on Race Equality Issues, Research. Leeds Beckett University
  • Curriculum Diversification Programme, Curriculum Review and Development. Ravensbourne University for the Creative Arts, Aisha Richards, 24 Oct 2014

Attended Training

  • Doctoral Supervision, 16 Feb 2016, Certificate of Doctoral Supervision
  • BU Impressions - Leading Service Improvement, 06 Mar 2015, Institute of Leadership Management Certificate


  • Institute of Leadership Management Certificate in Leading Service Improvement (Institute of Leadership Management, 2015)
  • PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (University of Salford, 2014)
  • PGCE in Teaching in Higher Education (University of the Arts London, 2008)
  • BA (Hons) in Journalism Studies (London Metropolitan University, 2007)


  • You're Brilliant Award 2017/18 "Really helpful, friendly & engaging & has opened my eyes up to the inequalities we face in our society. Has made my final year really great so far & always there to offer support, a credit to the university & a role model & inspiration to all!" (SUBU)
  • You're Brilliant Award 2016/17 "for developing Media Inequality unit to develop the cultural competencies of students & continuously working towards meaningful social change." (SUBU)
  • James Thomas Memorial Prize for Best Paper at the Media & Minorities Conference (Media & Politics Group, Bournemouth University, 2013)


External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

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