Professor Sarita Malik is Professor of Media, Culture and Communications in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Brunel University London. Sarita has published widely on issues of diversity, cultural representation and cultural policy with expertise in diversity and public service broadcasting.
Sarita completed her PhD on the history of Black and Asian representation on British television at the Open University as part of a collaborative studentship with the British Film Institute. Her doctoral research, under the primary supervision of the late Professor Stuart Hall, was adapted for her first book, Representing Black Britain (Sage, 2002) with a foreword written by Hall. Sarita went on to work in broadcast and print journalism, arts management and research bid writing. In 2005, Sarita joined Brunel University, going on to work on a large ESRC project which involved examining public responses to media regulation.
Since 2011, Sarita has been the Principal Investigator on several Arts and Humanities Research Council grants in which she has collaborated with diverse organisations to address contemporary concerns around social change, inequality, and cultural representation. Her books include Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity (Routledge, 2017) and Adjusting the Contrast: British Television and Constructs of ‘Race’ (MUP, 2017). Sarita has recently published on creative diversity as a form of cultural policy, podcasting and anti-racism and urban genres and screen representation.