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Nighet Riaz, Dr

EDI Policy Officer at University of Glasgow

Dr Nighet Riaz is an early careers researcher and associate lecturer in the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Her research explores how young people and communities can become ‘othered’ fuelled by moral panics to tackle the perceived disaffection of young people and communities who have been identified as ‘at risk’ of social exclusion. Her publications include: ‘Ethnicity, young people and ‘othering.’ ‘It’s like we don’t exist’: transitions from school to nowhere’, in P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education (2014); Exploring youths’ perceptions of the hidden practice of youth work in increasing social capital with young people considered NEET in Scotland, Journal of Youth Studies (2015); ‘It’s as if you’re not in jail, as if you’re not a prisoner: Young male offenders’ experiences of incarceration, prison chaplaincy, religion and spirituality in Scotland and Denmark in the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice (2016); Accessing the field: methodological difficulties of research in schools in the journal Education in the North (2016); Transitions: Exploring Aspirations of BME Muslim Youth Exiting Compulsory Education in the Journal of Research in Post Compulsory Education (2018); co-author of Critical pedagogy and anti-Muslim racism education: Insights from the UK in Down, B., and Steinberg, S., The SAGE Handbook for Critical Pedagogies, Sage Publishing, UK (in press) and ‘Truth be told…it’s my job and I’m told to do it’: Teachers’ Perspectives on Supporting Young people from black and minority ethnic groups in Glasgow Schools onto Positive Destinations, Scottish Educational Review (accepted for publication May 2020).


Nighet Riaz's contributions