Dr Gabriel is an academic specializing in race, gender, culture, media and communication, and a consultant in educational equity, diversity and inclusion. Her work is focused on social transformation in higher education and the wider society.

Key Strengths

Dr Gabriel’s key strengths are team-building, networking, collaboration, innovation, transformation, project management and strategic communication.

Diversity Projects

Dr Gabriel has developed a number of projects to diversify the media, including People With Voices (2008-2013) an online journalism project funded by UnLtd to increase participation in the news industry among the most under-represented groups. Black Bloggers UK & International Network (2011-2013) was developed to support her doctoral research on Black Bloggers in the UK. Both websites have been archived by the British Library.


Dr Gabriel’s journalism is focused on giving voice to the perspectives and experiences of marginalised groups and articulating issues around inequality. She has written for several publications including Times Higher Education, Guardian and Independent .


Dr Gabriel has extensive experience of leadership in educational equity. This includes serving as Deputy Chair and Co-Chair of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team at Bournemouth University between 2016 and 2019. In 2013 she created Black British Academics®, a pro-active, influential network of scholars committed to enhancing racial equity in higher education and serves as its Director.


Dr Gabriel’s research interests are inter-disciplinary and broadly focused on the dynamics of race, gender and culture in media, communication and higher education. These areas of inquiry are approached from a critical race and Black feminist standpoint to analyse the relationships between race, power, privilege and inequality. She has presented her research at international conferences around the world in Paris, Brno, Dubai, Buffalo, Hawaii, Washington DC, New York, Austin, Toronto and Patras.

Academic Role

Dr Gabriel is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.
Last updated: Feb 2020

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