I specialise in critical, transformative and emancipatory research to foster deeper understanding and inspire new ways of thinking.

Research Interests 

My research has three distinct strands:

  1. Politics, Media, Culture and Communication: Political discourse and communication; raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture.
  2. Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Higher Education: Racial inequalities in higher education and strategies to address them.
  3. Inclusion, Equality and Justice in Educational PracticeCurriculum democratisation and inclusive teaching practice.

I specialise in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. I employ a range of research methods including focus groups, interviews and case studies, critical ethnography, autoethnography, virtual ethnography and cyberethnography.

Research Supervision

I would be interested in supervising research students in any of the above or broader related areas.

Current Research Students

Kimberley McFarland (EdD) : Exploring how educators can use experiential e-learning to teach entrepreneurial and business literacy to high school students 

Internal Leadership Roles

  • Member of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Committee, Bournemouth University

External Leadership Roles



Gabriel, D., & Tate, S.A. (eds), (2017). Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. London: Trentham Books

Gabriel, D. (2007). Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora. London; Imani Media.

Book Chapters

Gabriel, D. (2017). Overcoming objectification and dehumanization in academia in Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. (eds).Gabriel, D., & Tate, S.A. London: Trentham Books

Gabriel, D. 2017. Preface. In: Ransaw, T.S. and Majors, R., eds. Emerging Issues and Trends in Education. Michigan: MSU Press, xi-xiv.

Gabriel, D. (2016). Race, Racism and Resistance in British Academia in A Critical Study of (Trans) National Racism: Interdependence of Racist Phenomenon and Resistance Forms. (eds.), Fereidooni, K & El, M. Wiesbaden: SpringerVS.

Gabriel, D. (2015) Alternative Voices, Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere; in Media, Margins and Civic Agency, (eds.), Thorsen, E; Jackson, D; Savigny, H; & Alexander, J.  London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Gabriel, D. (2016). Blogging While Black British and Female: a Critical Study on Discursive Activism. Information, Communication and Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1146784

Gabriel, D. (2015). Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the BlogosphereOnline Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.

Journal Articles (Forthcoming)

Gabriel, D. (2017). Pedagogies of Social Justice and Cultural Democracy in Media Higher Education. Issue 8.1 MERJ

Gabriel, D. (2017). Me Myself and I: An Autoethnographical Reflection on Blogging Through Multiple Identities. under review by Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies

Scholarly Articles

Gabriel, D. (2017). The othering and objectification of Dianne Abbott MP. UK Election Analysis 2017. Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture & Community. Bournemouth University.

Gabriel, D. (2016). Belonging, racism and white backlash in the 2016 US Presidential Election. US Election Analysis 2016. Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture & Community. Bournemouth University.

PhD Thesis

Gabriel, D. (2014). Blogging While Black and British: An Exploratory Study on the Use of Blogs as Social, Cultural and Counterhegemonic Practice. (PhD Thesis), University of Salford, Salford

Conference Papers

Global Conference on Education, Research and Policy, Washington, DC. 11 April 2017

Keynote Speaker: Embedding Inclusion, Equality and Liberation in Media Higher Education

3rd International Conference on Advances in Women’s Studies, New York 31 Jul-1 Aug 2016

Inside the Ivory Tower: Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Through the Black Sister Network

IAFOR International Conference on Education; Hawaii, 8-11 Jan 2016

Social Justice Pedagogy and Cultural Democracy: Promoting Inclusion and Equality in Further and Higher Education (co-presented with Aisha Richards).

4th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology & Design, Grand Excelsior Hotel Sharjah, Dubai 16-18 May 2015

Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the Blogosphere (full research paper)

Cyberspace 2014, Masaryk University, Czech Republic on 28-29 November 2014

Blogging While Black, British and Female: Identity, Representation and Social Impact in the Blogosphere (full research paper)

Media & Politics Group Annual Conference Nov 2013, Bournemouth University              *Winner of the James Thomas Memorial Prize

Alternative Voices in Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere (full research paper) 

Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference July 2012 Sorbonne University, Paris

African Caribbean Bloggers in the UK: Alternative Voices on the Web (original title of PhD thesis) – presentation of preliminary findings

Successful Funding Bids

(Feb 2017) Bournemouth University UoA25 Funding. Generating Research Impact Through Engagement With The Communication Industries

(April 2015) Bournemouth University Grants Academy Small Grant Award. Cultural Democracy Framework For Race Equality UK Partnership Project.

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