Sarita's research examines inequality and culture (representation, production and participation) in shifting sociopolitical, cultural and technological contexts. Her work has made a major contribution to how 'diversity', social justice and the role of arts and culture are understood. Sarita has published widely on 'race', diversity and inequality in public service broadcasting, film and the cultural industries, and on culture and inequality. 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.
As a former arts curator, broadcast journalist and bid writer, Sarita's research is built on collaboration and knowledge exchange with diverse communities and institutions through interdiscipinary and participative research methods. Since 2011, Sarita has been the Principal Investigator on four Connected Communities UKRI/Arts and Humanties Research Council projects, including a multi-stakeholder study of community filmmaking and cultural diversity and a collaborative project with the British Film Institute exploring diasporic cinema. Between 2014 and 2020, Sarita generated and led a major AHRC-funded international consortia project about the relationship between culture, creativity 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) [AHRB collaborative studentship based at the British Film Institute under the principal supervision of the cultural theorist, Stuart Hall], an MA in Film and Television Studies (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
Sarita is a Member of Sub-Panel 34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management) for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) exercise.
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., Malik, S. and Givanni, J. (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