Dr Gabriel specialises in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. She employs 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.

Research Leadership

Dr Gabriel created the Ivory Tower Project on race and gender inequality for Black British Academics®, leading two research teams up of up 12 academics on two major publications: Inside the Ivory Tower (2017) and Transforming the Ivory Tower (2020). She also developed the 3D Pedagogy Framework™ which is informed by research (see below).

Research Interests 

Dr Gabriel’s 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: Trentham Books

Books (Forthcoming)

Gabriel, D. (2020). Transforming the Ivory Tower: Models for Gender Equality and Social Justice. London: UCL Press

Gabriel, D. (2020). 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.

Book Chapters (Forthcoming)

Gabriel, D. (2020). Teaching to transgress through 3D Pedagogy™: decolonising, democratising and diversifying the higher education curriculum in Transforming the Ivory Tower: Models for Gender Equality and Social Justice. (ed). Gabriel, D. London: UCL Press

Gabriel, D. (2020) Transforming the Curriculum: Critical Theory and Practice on Race and Gender Through the Ivory Tower Project and the 3D Pedagogy Framework™ in Reflections on Gender and Culture in Black Radical Education. (ed.), Clennon, O. Ontario. Routledge.

Gabriel, D. (2021). Racial inequality, social closure and White privilege in the academe: how faculty regimes contribute to a Black underclass in higher education in Handbook of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. (eds.), Tate et al. London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

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.

Gabriel, D. (2018). Pedagogies of Social Justice and Cultural Democracy in Media Higher Education. MERJ, Vol. 8 Issue 1, pp. 35-48.

Scholarly Articles

Gabriel, D. (2018). Social closure, White male privilege and female complicity (excerpt).  View on

Conference Papers

MeCCSA Conference, Brighton, Jan 2020

Keynote Speaker:Race, racism and resistance in media interactions and environments and the Power of 3D Pedagogy™: Decolonising, Democratising and Diversifying Media Education and Practice

19th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, Patras, Greece, June 2019

Sense of Belonging: the impact on race, ethnicity and culture on doctoral education for students of colour

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 and counterhegemonic practice.


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 Diane 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

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

Cyberspace 2014, Masaryk University, Czech Republic on November 2014

Blogging While Black, British and Female: Identity, Representation and Social Impact in the Blogosphere

Media & Politics Group Annual Conference Nov 2013, Bournemouth University 

Alternative Voices in Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere

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

Dr Gabriel is 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 (2016-2019)

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)

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