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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 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 industries, diversity, public service broadcasting and media policy. 

Sarita completed a Collaborative Doctoral PhD Studentship (AHRB) 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

Vrikki, P. and Malik, S. (2019) 'Voicing Lived-experience and Anti-racism: Podcasting as a space at the margins for subaltern counterpublics'. Popular Communication. 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


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

More publications(26)