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Deborah Gabriel has spent the last decade as an award-winning academic, achieving recognition both for her educational practice and research. She currently lectures across degrees in politics, advertising, public relations and marketing communications. Deborah specialises in social justice pedagogy and critical race pedagogy and her teaching is taught from a critical race/gender standpoint. In addition to a full-time academic role, she also undertakes consultancy work supporting institutions in enhancing race equality across academic, operational and educational practice. She is the Founder and Director of Black British Academics, an independent network established in 2013 to tackle racial inequality across the higher education sector.


Deborah specialises in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. Her research falls into two distinct areas. The first strand is concerned with political discourse, communication and participation, and race and representation in media and popular culture. The second is concerned both with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education and its impact on staff and students of colour, and with equality, diversity and justice in educational practice. The broad focus that links all areas in education is the key objective of decolonising, democratizing and diversifying the institutional culture in higher education.

She employs a range of research methods including focus groups, interviews and case studies, critical ethnography, autoethnography, virtual ethnography and cyberethnography.


Deborah is interested in supervising students on qualitative research projects related to her 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, alternative spaces: Counterhegemonic discourse in the blogosphere. Media, Margins and Civic Agency. 15-28.


  • Gabriel, D., 2018. 3D Pedagogy Workshop - Enhancing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Teaching & Learning. In: Canadian International Conference on Ediucation 25-28 June 2018 Toronto.
  • Gabriel, D., 2018. Women of Colour in the Ivory Tower: How Far Have We Come and How Far Have We to Go? In: 1918-2018:100 Years of the Women’s Vote in Britain: How Far Have We Come 15 June 2018 London South Bank University.
  • Gabriel, D., 2018. Enhancing teaching and learning through 3D pedagogy workshops that decolonise, democratise and diversify the curriculum. In: 18th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations 6-8 June 2018 University of Texas.
  • 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

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

Invited Lectures

  • Cultural Democracy: A Framework for Race Equality, Swansea University, 23 Oct 2014 more
  • Teaching for Social Change, Sheffield Hallam University, 18 Oct 2017 more
  • Blending Scholarship & Activism, De Montfort University, 14 Feb 2018 more
  • Teaching for Equality and Social Justice, University of Brighton, 02 May 2018 more


  • Enhancing Educational Practice Through 3D Pedagogy Workshops (ACORN FUND, Bournemouth University, 04 May 2018). Completed
  • Generating Research Impact Through Engagement With the Communication Industries (Bournemouth University, 03 Feb 2017). Completed
  • Cultural Democracy Framework for Race Equality UK Partnership Project (RKEO, 01 Apr 2015). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Offa & Runnymede, Advisory Board Member (2018-)
  • Critical Studies in Television, Peer Reviewer (2018-)
  • Lifescience Global, Editorial Board Member (2017-2018)
  • AHRC Common Cause Project: Enriching the Arts & Humanities Through Collaborations Between Universities and BAME Community Partners, Advisory Board Member (2016-2018)
  • Ravensbourne University for the Creative Arts, Chair, Strategic Review of Equality and Inclusion (2016-)
  • Michigan State University Press, Member of the Advisory Editorial Board (2015-),; International Race and Education Book Series
  • Black British Academics, Founder & Director (2013-),

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Committee
  • Member, TeachBU Assessment Panel
  • Chair, UG Ethics Committee
  • Co- Chair, Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team
  • Member, Quality Assurance & Enhancement Group

Consultancy Activities

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

Attended Training

  • BU Impressions - Leading Service Improvement, 06 Mar 2015, Institute of Leadership Management Certificate
  • Doctoral Supervision, 16 Feb 2016, Certificate of Doctoral Supervision
  • Programme & Unit Modifications, 16 May 2018


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


  • James Thomas Memorial Prize for Best Paper at the Media & Minorities Conference (Media & Politics Group, Bournemouth University, 2013)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Nominated for an Educational Excellence Award (Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards, 2018)
  • Short-listed Nominee for Best Diversity Resource (Black British Academics) (Excellence in Diversity Awards, 2015)
  • Nominated for Best Diversity Resource 2018 (Black British Academics) (Excellence in Diversity Awards, 2018)


External Media and Press

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