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Jasber has several years of experience designing, delivering and evaluating participatory action research projects on social and environmental justice at the local, national and international level.  

Before joining academia, Jasber worked as a youth worker, community-based researcher and advocate with environmental and social justice NGOs. In his recent NGO work, he has used civil, legal, and restorative justice approaches to provide solidarity and support to people who experienced racist harassment and violence. He has also initiated actions against far-right activities, developed participatory action research with Black Minority and Ethnic communities, co-founded a refugee youth group, and challenged the hostile environment that migrants face by working in a team to establish a migrant rights advice project. 

In south India, working with two NGOs, he documented how racism undermined food, gender and land rights. He advocated for change at the local level and with policy makers working with the supreme court of India.   

He is currently a trustee for two organisations; Race on the Agenda, a national NGO which tackles racism and promotes equality; and an NGO focused on developing a participatory action research residential centre for young refugees and migrants. 

Research Interest 

Creative participatory action research approaches, such as participatory theatre and photography; environmental justice; decoloniality; anti-racism; youth participation; migrant and refugee rights; the politics of difference; food sovereignty; social movements; the link between immigration policies and food poverty in the UK; right to foods; agrarian distress and pedagogy  


Working in ways that create collaboration and partnerships with community groups, civil society organisations, and social movements, to challenge oppression and environmental degradation. To do so, I am keen to establish participatory action research processes that are humanising, values lived experiences and ways of being. I am also interested in how lived experiences of oppression, in particular racism/casteism links to structures, policies and practices, and the responses to these from the ground-up.

In teaching, I am enthused by the idea of student participation and developing ways in which their experience and voice shapes the learning space. I am also inspired by the idea to decolonise the curriculum and to create spaces in universities that embrace the politics of difference.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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