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Professor Sarita Malik

Professor Sarita Malik
Professor - Media, Culture and Communications

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Sarita Malik's research examines the politics of inequality, cultural representation and institutional frameworks. Her work analyses the intersections of cultural production, cultural policy and social change and has made a major contribution to how 'diversity', identity, and the role of culture are understood. Sarita has led several collaborative projects that are oriented towards societal impact and public engagement. She has published widely on 'race' and the cultural industries, 'diversity', public service broadcasting, film and media policy. 

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)


Sarita is Director of Research in the Department of Social and Political Sciences

Newest selected publications

Jaganathan, A. and Malik, S. (2020) 'June Givanni’s Pan-African Cinema Archive: a diasporic feminist dwelling space'. Feminist Review, 125 (1). pp. 94 - 109. ISSN: 0141-7789 Open Access Link

Journal article

Vrikki, P. and Malik, S. (2019) 'Voicing lived-experience and anti-racism: podcasting as a space at the margins for subaltern counterpublics'. Popular Communication, 17 (4). pp. 273 - 287. ISSN: 1540-5702 Open Access Link

Journal article

Nwonka, C. and Malik, S. (2018) 'Cultural discourses and practices of institutionalised diversity in the UK film sector: ‘Just get something black made’'. The Sociological Review, 66 (6). pp. 1111 - 1127. ISSN: 0038-0261 Open Access Link

Journal article

Malik, S. and Nwonka, C. (2017) 'Top Boy: Cultural Verisimilitude and the Allure of Black Criminality on UK Public Service Broadcasting Drama'. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14 (4). pp. 423 - 444. ISSN: 1755-1714 Open Access Link

Journal article

Malik, S. (2017) 'Adjusting the Contrast: British television and constructs of race'. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-5261-0098-6

More publications(27)