Sarita Malik

Lecturer in Media and Communications
Sociology and Communications

Room: Marie Jahoda Room 152
Brunel University
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266874



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

Personal Biography

My doctoral research examined the history of Black and Asian representation on British television. I was based at the British Film Institute in London and supervised by Professor Stuart Hall (Open University). I went on to work for a range of arts and media organisations including a London arts venue where I was Head of Asian Arts. Prior to my current appointment at Brunel, I was a research bid writer and then a research fellow on an ESRC project examining public understandings of regulation (with Professors Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone). I have blogged on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributed to a range of print and web publications including The Guardian, Catalyst, Arts Professional, Sight and Sound, BFI InView and screenonline. Media appearances have included Channel 4, the BBC, Sky Television and Russia Today.


Research Overview

My research is focused on the politics of media communication, representation and institutional frameworks. This has primarily been based around minority ethnic communities in Britain within the context of media history and social change. Research interests include cultural diversity and public service broadcasting, reality TV and discourses of equality, Diasporic media practice and cultural policy; black and Asian British cinema; and the relationship between media regulation and public discourse. Recent research has focused on ‘creative diversity’ media policy and the relationship between communities and screen culture.

Member, Centre for Culture, Media & Regulation (CCMC)

Member, Collaborative Research Network (CRN) in the Creative Industries


Current Projects

Brunel Research Development Funding (Brunel University)

Creative Interruptions: grassroots culture, state structures and disconnection as a space for 'radical openness'



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Brunel Research Initiative & Incentive Fund (Brunel University)
Evolving understandings of communities: Connecting research, stakeholders and communities


November 2012 – July 2014

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Recently Completed Projects

Arts & Humanities Research Council (Connected Communities follow-on grant)
Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity: practice, innovation and policy
February 2013 - February 2014
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In partnership with the British Film Institute, LondonArts & Humanities Research Council (Connected Communities grant)

Diasporic Film in Communities: A scoping study of the relationship between screen culture, stakeholders and communities
February 2012 - October 2012

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In partnership with the British Film Institute, London


British Academy
Overseas Conference Grant: Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
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PhD Supervision

Nessa Adams: Local vs Global: a study into the communicative relationship between media agencies and black minority ethnic groups; 2010 - 2013

Erminia Passannanti: Cinematic representation of the sacred and censorship by religion in post-Catholic Italy (1960/1980); 2009 - 2012


Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Introduction to Media (Yr1)
  • Media Genres and Society (Yr 2)

Module contributor

  • Individual and Social Processes (Yr1)
  • Introduction to Social Enquiry (Yr 1)
  • Sociology and Communications Dissertation (Yr 3)
  • Work Placements (Yrs 1 and 2)

    Postgraduate Programmes

    Module contributor

    • Media and Globalisation
    • Media and Communications Dissertation 


    • Senior Tutor (Sociology/Communications)
    • Mitigating Circumstances Officer
    • Admissions Tutor (October 2012 – March 2013)
    • Deputy Admissions Tutor
    • Erasmus co-ordinator (World)

    External Activity

    • Chair, Race Network, MeCCSA
    • International Advisory Board, darkmatter journal
    • Editorial Advisory Board, South Asian Popular Culture
    • Curatorial Advisory Board Member, Unlocking Film Heritage, British Film Institute (2012-17)
    • External Expert Panel (2014), COST Domain of Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH), European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
    • Member of Nomination Network, European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award (2014)



    Journal Papers

    (2013) Malik, S., "Creative diversity": UK public service broadcasting after multiculturalism, Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture 11 (3) : 227- 241

    (2013) Malik, S., Locating the ‘radical’ in Shoot the Messenger, Journal of British Cinema and Television 10 (1) : 187- 205

    (2012) Malik, S., The Indian family on UK reality television: Convivial culture in salient contexts, Television and New Media 14 (6) : 510- 528

    (2010) Malik, S., From multicultural programming to diasporic television: situating the UK in a European context, Media History 16 (1) : 123- 128

    (2009) Malik, S., Filmmaker Asif Kapadia, interviewed by Sarita Malik, South Asian Popular Culture 7 (1) : 73- 84

    (2009) Malik, S., Introduction to the cinema issue, South Asian Popular Culture 7 (1) : 1- 5

    (2009) Malik, S., Doing multicultural London: The case of 'King of the Ghetto', Journal of British Cinema and Television 6 (2) : 232- 248

    (2009) Malik, S., Reflecting on 'classic television'; in debate: making and remaking television classics, Critical Studies in Television 4 (2) : 113- 114

    (2007) Malik, S., Conference report: The industrial context of migrant and diasporic cinema in Europe 12th-13th January 2007, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London, Journal of Media Practice 8 (2) : 239- 241

    (2002) Malik, S., Money, Macpherson and mind-set: The competing cultural and commercial demands on black and Asian British films in the 1990s, Journal of Popular British Cinema 5 90- 103

    Book Chapters

    (2011) Malik, S., Mainstreaming cultural diversity: Public service policy and British reality television. In: Brunt, R. and Cere, R. eds. Postcolonial media culture in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan 41- 55

    (2010) Malik, S., How Little Britain does ‘race’. In: Lockyer, S. ed. Reading Little Britain:Comedy Matters on Contemporary Television. London : IB Tauris Publishers 75- 94

    (2009) Malik, S., Race and ethnicity. In: Albertazzi, D. and Cobley, P. eds. The Media: An Introduction. Pearson 444- 456

    (2004) Malik, S., Racial coding. In: Cashmore, E. ed. Encyclopaedia of race and ethnic studies. London: Routledge 341- 345

    (2002) Malik, S., The construction of black and Asian ethnicities in British film and television. In: Briggs, A. and Cobley, P. eds. The media: an introduction. Harlow: Longman 357- 368


    (2002) Malik, S., Representing black Britain: Black and Asian images on Television. Sage Publications Ltd

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