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 Interests 

My research has two distinct strands:


This is concerned both with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education and its impact on staff and students of colour, and with equality and justice in educational practice. The broad focus that links both dimensions of this strand are the key objectives of decolonising, democratizing and diversifying the institutional culture in higher education.


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

Books (in progress)

Gabriel, D. (2019). Critical Media Education for Social Justice. London: Routledge

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. (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.

Journal Articles

Gabriel, D. (2018). Pedagogies of Social Justice and Cultural Democracy in Media Higher Education. Issue 8.1  pp. 34-MERJ

Journal Articles (in progress)

Gabriel, D. (2019). Collective Activism Inside the Ivory Tower: Developing a Political Mission for Women of Colour in British Academia. Political Studies Review. Special Issue on Gender and the Profession. 

Gabriel, D. (2019). Enhancing educational practice through the 3D Pedagogy Framework: decolonising, democratising and diversifying the curriculum.

Conference Papers

18th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, Austin, Texas June 2018

Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through 3D Pedagogy Workshops that Decolonise, Democratise and Diversify the Curriculum

Canada International Conference on Education, University of Toronto, June 2018.

Enhancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning Through Critical Pedagogy and Reflective Practice (workshop)

1918-2018:100 Years of the Women’s Vote in Britain: How Far Have We Come School of Law & Social Sciences, Centre for Social Justice & Global Responsibility London South Bank University, June 2018

Women of Colour in the Ivory Tower: How Far Have We Come and How Far Have We to Go?

18th Int’l Conference on E-learning and Innovative Pedagogies,  New York March 2018

Promoting Social Transformation in Communication Practice: Pedagogies of Social Justice & Cultural Democracy

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

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

3rd International Conference on Advances in Women’s Studies, Buffalo USA Aug 2016

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

IAFOR International Conference on Education; Hawaii, Jan 2016

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

Politics, Media and Communication

This is concerned with political discourse, communication and participation, race and representation in media and popular culture.


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

Book Chapters

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.

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.

Conference Papers

4th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology & Design, Grand Excelsior Hotel Sharjah, Dubai 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 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

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 Research Practice Roles

  • Member of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Committee
  • Chair of the UG Research Ethics Committee

External Research Practice Roles

  • Editorial Board Member: International Race and Education Book Series at MSUP
  • Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Crisis Communication  (2017-18)
  • Advisory Board Member: ‘Understanding and overcoming the challenges of targeting students from under-represented and disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds’ (Offa/HEA/Runnymede)
  • Advisory Board Member: ‘Enriching the Arts and Humanities through collaborations between universities and BME community partners’ (AHRC & Arts Council)
  • Peer Reviewer for Critical Studies in Television (2018)

Successful Funding Bids

May 2018: Bournemouth University ACORN Funding: Enhancing Educational Practice Through 3D Pedagogy Workshops (completed July 2018)

Feb 2017: Bournemouth University UoA25 Funding. Generating Research Impact Through Engagement With The Communication Industries (Public Engagement; completed July 2017)

April 2015: Bournemouth University Grants Academy Small Grant Award. Cultural Democracy Framework For Race Equality (Public Engagement; completed 2015)

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