Sarita's research examines the politics of inequality, cultural representation and institutional frameworks. Her work on cultural production, cultural policy and social change has made a major contribution to how 'diversity', identity, and the role of culture are understood. Sarita has published widely on 'race' and the cultural industries, 'diversity', public service broadcasting, film and media policy. Her research has been disseminated widely in a range of outlets including the Guardian, The Conversation, Arts Professional, Sight and Sound, Channel 4, the BBC and Sky Television.
Since 2011, Sarita has been the Principal Investigator on four Arts and Humanties Research Council projects, including a multi-stakeholder project on community filmmaking and cultural diversity and a collaborative project with the British Film Institute exploring diasporic cinema. Between 2014 and 2020, she led a large AHRC-funded international consortia project about culture and resistance in mainland UK, Palestine, Northern Ireland and India http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=AH/N004094/1 . Her latest project (2021-24), in collaboration with the Guardian and the British Film Institute, is a longitudinal study of the screen sector where racial inequality remains a policy challenge.
Sarita has a PhD in Sociology (Open University) [an AHRB studentship based at the British Film Institute under the principal supervision of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall], an MA in Film and Television (University of Warwick) and a BA (Hons) in English and Media (Sussex University).
Sarita is Director of Research in the Department of Social and Political Sciences
Newest selected publications
Malik, S. (2021) 'Black Film, British Cinema: In Three Acts', in Nwonka, C. and Saha, A. (eds.) Black Film British Cinema II. Goldsmiths Press. pp. 21 - 40. ISBN 10: 1912685639. ISBN 13: 9781912685639.
Malik, S., Mahn, C., Pierse, M. and Rogaly, B. (2021) 'Creativity and Resistance in a Hostile World'. ISSN 10: 1526152851 ISSN 13: 9781526152855
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
Malik, S. and Shankley, W. (2020) 'Arts, Media and Inequalities', in Byrne, B., Alexander, C., Khan, O., Shankley, W. and Nazroo, J. (eds.) Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK State of the Nation. Policy Press. pp. 167 - 188. ISBN 10: 1447351258. ISBN 13: 9781447351252.
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