Public Engagement & Research Projects

Black Voices on Contraception Choices: Experiences of Sex and Reproductive Health Services” |Contraception Choices (University College London)


“Responses to the Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities” |Mile End Institute (Queen Mary’s University London)

In this episode of the MEI podcast, Farah Hussain (Queen Mary University of London), was joined by Sadiya Akram (Manchester Metropolitan University), and Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (De Montford University), to discuss the controversial report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

The conversation places the report in a historical context, looks at the use and usefulness of ‘BAME’ and assesses what the findings and narrative of the report might mean for future discussions about race and racism in the UK.

Being the Example; Leading by Example: The Politics of Social Change TEDxDeMontfortUWomen

The Politics of Social Change is an interactive talk which will help others identify their role in leading social change. This talk will explore through personal examples, how activism can occur through every strand of your life consciously and subconsciously. This talk is important as many women do not know to or see how they are leading social changes. This talk will empower women to identify this in themselves. Shardia’s research specialisms intersect across the politics of gender, race, and social injustices. Her research focus explores the politics of black masculinity whilst (de)constructing postcolonial identities. Shardia’s research interests also include academic diversity and inclusivity challenges faced by minority groups within higher education. Shardia completed her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in political science and international studies. She is a strong advocate on why and how race and its intersections must be addressed adequately in Higher Education. I am a mother of two young boys and spend many of my days navigating the world around them, being their example for change. She can be found via Twitter @ShardiaBPalmer This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Decolonising Education: Let’s talk about it!

Discussion on ‘BAME women in Leadership’ that took place in the summer! Output of a project developed by: Louise Goux- Wirth, Chloe Mcgregor and Filsan Dudeye.

Girls & Gangs
On Point Youth-Led News

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer joins hosts Ashlee and Hannah this week to discuss Girls & Gangs. Shardia is a lecturer who has previously done research into Girls In Gangs. The trio discuss the roles of girls in gangs, women-only gangs, the role of race in gangs, being born into gangs, and so much more.

Women’s Centenary: Empowering Women Documentary

This documentary was made an released to mark the centenary year when the women in the UK won the right to vote. Inspired by the Suffragettes, the documentary explores the experiences of female activists and politicians active in Birmingham today as well as looking at the history of the suffragette in the city. The documentary seeks to discover what barriers women from minorities groups such as ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and people who identify as disabled, face when people engage in politics.  The documentary explores what can be done to improve experiences and political representation in the field.

The Empowering Women Documentary was directed, edited and camera-operated by Sarah Tholin-Chittenden. The Empowering Women Project was funded by  the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.  


Girls and Gangs: A Historical Reflection

The Girls and Gang project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project focused on the history of women’s roles in gangs within the city of Birmingham. The project engaged 18 young girls (13 – 24 yrs old) from gang affiliated communities in Birmingham and supported them to research the role women played in gangs from the 1940’s and look at how that has evolved into the perception we witness today. The young women participated in workshops on; photography/ videography, confidence and self – esteem building, gang awareness and the role women play today (addressing; hyper masculinity, gender roles, pressures, CSE, domestic violence and services that can support). There were opportunities for the girls participating to go on trips and a residential. The project supported the young women affiliated with gangs or at risk of gang affiliation (due to area they live in) on developing a timeline using photography, videography conducted by themselves and imagery collected through research to demonstrate how the concept of a gangs has evolved over time. This included; research and education into the suffragettes, women’s rights, race/ethnicity gangs formed in the 1940’s and video recorded Inter-generational discussion/ interviews with grandmothers and other members of the community.

The girls worked closely with Birmingham library to access archives in this area and visit art galleries to look at other photographers work to inspire ideas. The work completed during the project was exhibited in an art gallery to show case the girls finished time lines and media interviews conducted with grandparents and members of the community. Sharing their knowledge of how women were involved in gangs in their day contrasted with media interviews from the younger generation highlighting women’s roles in gangs today. The exhibition was also a celebration for the girls that participated to recognise their hard work, research and effort over the duration of the project.