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 innovative research methods including critical ethnography, autoethnography, virtual ethnography and cyberethnography alongside traditional methods such as focus groups, interviews and case studies.
My research has two distinct strands:
This is concerned with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education and pedagogical research centred on decolonising, democratising and diversifying the curriculum (3D Pedagogy Framework).
Gabriel, D., & Tate, S.A. (eds), (2017). Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. London: UCL Institute of Education Press
Gabriel, D. (2019). Transforming the Ivory Tower: Models for Gender Equality and Social Justice. London: UCL Institute of Education Press
Gabriel, D. (2020). Critical Media Education for Social Justice. London: Routledge
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.
Gabriel, D. (2018). Pedagogies of Social Justice and Cultural Democracy in Media Higher Education. Issue 8.1 pp. 34-MERJ
Journal Articles (Forthcoming)
Gabriel, D. (2019). Enhancing higher education practice through the 3D Pedagogy Framework to decolonize, democratize and diversify the curriculum. International Journal of Technology & Inclusive Education. Vol.8 Issue 2. (accepted)
Gabriel, D. (2018). Social closure, White male privilege and female complicity: why gender equality still has a long way to go. Published in Research. View on Academia.edu
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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 Blogosphere. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.
Journal Articles (Forthcoming)
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. (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.
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?
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
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
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
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
Winner of the James Thomas Memorial Prize for Best Paper by a Postgraduate Student at the Political Studies Association Media & Politics Group Annual Conference (2013)
External Research Roles
- External Examiner (PhDs) 2019-date
- Peer Reviewer for Critical Studies in Television (2018-date)
- Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Crisis Communication (2017-18)
- Editorial Board Member: International Race and Education Book Series at MSUP (2016-date)
- 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)
Successful Funding Bids
May 2018: Bournemouth University ACORN Funding: Enhancing Educational Practice Through 3D Pedagogy Workshops (completed July 2018)
Feb 2017: Bournemouth University REF 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)Follow me on Academia.edu