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Push to ‘decolonise’ geography

The dominance of Western views in geography research is hindering black and minority ethnic academics from establishing careers in the subject, a conference has heard.

The claim was made at an event on decolonising teaching and research in geography on 29 August. The conference, hosted by the race, culture and equality working group of the Royal Geographical Society, aimed to address “long-standing patterns of power that emerged as a result of colonialism”, which the working group says exist within geography research today.

Patricia Daley, professor of the human geography of Africa at the University of Oxford, said that black British researchers were often not able to secure work in academia or to win research grants.

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