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Professor Sarita Malik

Professor Sarita Malik
Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Director of Rese

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Sarita Malik's research examines the politics of inequality, cultural representation and institutional frameworks within the contexts of media production, cultural policy and social change. Her research contributes to contemporary debates about diversity, identity, and the role of culture. She has led several projects that are oriented towards societal impact, public engagement and working with diverse collaborators. Sarita has published widely on race and the cultural industies, diversity, public service broadcasting and media policy. 

Sarita completed an AHRB-funded Collaborative Doctoral PhD Studentship in 1998. Her research, based at the British Film Institute in London, examined the history of Black and Asian representation on British television and was supervised by Professor Stuart Hall (Open University). Sarita went on to work for a range of arts and media organisations including a London arts venue where she was Head of Asian Arts. Sarita joined Brunel in 2005 as a Research Bid Writer and then went on to work as a Research Fellow on an ESRC project examining public understandings of regulation (with Professors Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone). Between 2014 and 2016, she was the Director of research for the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications.

Sarita has been a regular contributor to the The Guardian’s Comment is Free and has written for a range of print and web publications on research-related issues, including the Guardian, The Conversation, Catalyst, Arts Professional, Sight and Sound and screenonline. Media appearances have included Channel 4, the BBC, Sky Television.


  • PhD Sociology (Open University)
  • Professional Development in Academic Practice (Brunel)
  • MA Film and Television (University of Warwick)
  • BA English and Media Studies (Sussex University)

Newest selected publications

Malik, S. (2017) 'Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: Practice, Innovation and Policy'. Routledge. ISSN 13: 9781138188068


Malik, S. (2015) 'The Rise Of 'Creative Diversity' In Media Policy', in Thorsen, E. (ed.) Media, Margins and Civic Agency. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 89 - 101. ISBN 10: 1137512636. ISBN 13: 9781137512635.

Book chapter

Malik, S. (2014) 'What the ‘Go Home’ campaign tells us about the British media’', inRemixing Europe: the Migrant Perspective..

Book chapter

Malik, S. (2014) 'Diversity, Broadcasting and the Politics of Representation', in Titley, G. (ed.) National Conversations Public Service Media and Cultural Diversity in Europe. Intellect. pp. 21 - 41. ISBN 13: 9781783201754.

Book chapter

Malik, S. (2013) '"Creative diversity": UK public service broadcasting after multiculturalism'. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 11 (3). pp. 227 - 241. ISSN: 1540-5702 Open Access Link

Journal article
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