Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Reshad Suffee

What are the mechanisms and experiences of exclusion from white gay spaces for Gay Muslim-Heritage students in Higher Education

I am currently undertaking a self-funded PhD researching the phenomenology of whiteness and its impact on Gay Black Minority Ethnic (GBME) men in England. Here I am particularly looking at how through the embodied sense of GBME men and their interpretation of discourses circulating in social spaces we can consider how English gay cultures and communities represent themselves as ‘white’.

Background

I began studying at Leeds University in 2007 with a M.A. in Social Research and later moved to CIGS to continue with my PhD.  I have interests in trade union issues and activism as well as having participated in various regional organisations with social justice agendas. One additional key interest is human rights activism which I have participated in locally, nationally and internationally.

I was previously employed as a researcher on a 9 month project evaluating diversity within a major media organisation. This involved interviewing over 40 individuals around the country and evaluating the elements which promoted inclusion or exclusion from full participation within the organisation.

I have worked at various Further Education colleges and Adult Community Education organisations within the West Yorkshire since 2003.

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