In It Together?

Perceptions on ethnicity, recession and austerity in three Glasgow communities

In February 2013 the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights commissioned a research team led by Dr Filip Sosenko (Heriot-Watt University) to conduct a ‘snapshot’ of the views and experiences of Glasgow residents from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds regarding the current period of recession and austerity. The project’s aim was to create a better understanding of the impact of recession and austerity on local minority ethnic communities, including issues around employment instability, labour market exclusion, changes in household income, cuts to services and welfare reform. The research is a small scale qualitative study which focused on the experiences of three groups from Scottish Pakistani/Asian, Chinese and Black African/Somali communities. It revealed wide-ranging issues affecting the lives and experiences of men and women.

Research team: Dr Filip Sosenko (School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, PI), Dr Gina Netto (School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University), Dr Akwugo Emejulu (Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh) and Dr Leah Bassel (University of Leicester)
Funder: Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, Glasgow, Scotland, £7K.