The EDI Committee consists of academic representatives from each Subject Area, representatives from Professional Services, and UG and PGT student representation. Academic representatives include the Director of Quality, the Coordinator of Adjustments, and the Lauriston Campus Project Champion.

The EDI Committee reports to the ECA Management Group and the University’s Equality Management Group, through the joint ECA Directors of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Emma Gieben-Gamal and Deborah Jackson.

The Working Groups are formed of staff and students with an interest and expertise in the area addressed by the Group. They report to the EDI Committee.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members

Emma Gieben-Gamal (Co-Director ECA EDI)
Academic Staff, Design

As a Lecturer in Design Cultures my research and teaching is centred around issues relating to design for social justice with a recent focus on ageing and disability. My work is driven by feminist and critical perspectives and I am interested in how design (and design education) can learn from critical methodologies that challenge dominant colonial ways of knowing and doing. I was a member of the ECA Athena Swan committee and am now Co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for ECA together with Deborah Jackson. I also sit on the University of Edinburgh Race Equality Group as a representative for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences EDI Committee.Outside work, I am also the equality and inclusion representative on my children’s school Parent Council where I have a special interest in supporting the development and adoption of an anti-racist educational policy.

Deborah Jackson (Co-Director ECA EDI)
Academic Staff, Art

I am a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory & Practice with a focus on intersectional feminist theory. My teaching is informed by my own research into socio-cultural and political practices that aim to augment institutional and structural changes. Along with Emma Gieben-Gamal I am the Co-Director of ECA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and I also sit on the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) EDI Committee and I am a representative on UoE’s Reparative Justice Co-ordination Group. Emma and I have also set up the ECA Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-Racism Working Group, taking steps to work to decolonise and de-cannonise the curriculum and pedagogical structures. We have also created the Athena Swan Working Group to enact and maintain the Athena Swan Bronze Award that was achieved in 2017.

Glaire Anderson
Academic Staff, History of Art (Director of Quality)

I am Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the age of the caliphs (roughly 650-1250 CE). My work focuses on medieval Córdoba, in present-day Spain; the early Islamic West; and on premodern global connections between Islamic and non-Islamic societies. My current book explores Islamic science and visual culture through the lens of a celebrated medieval experiment in early human flight. Besides my core areas of focus, I have a longstanding research project on the Islamic visual culture of the Philippines (where I was born) and its pre-colonial contacts with Islamic lands. I’m also interested in digital art history and heritage, especially 3D/VR/AR and games to create immersive experiences of spaces, objects, and landscapes.

Stuart Bennett
Academic Staff, Art

I am a trustee and executive of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and a board member of Collective, Edinburgh. CHEAD provides leadership and an inclusive, cohesive body for and on behalf of HE A&D in the UK four nations, advancing knowledge and understanding in the sector and promoting the sector’s interests to others. I was also recently invited as the external academic advisor for revalidation of the University of the Arts London, Chelsea, BA Fine Art programme. The programme gives students confidence to address subjectivity and diversity across postcolonial, inclusive and intersectional narratives, recognising the importance of these discourses and strategies of desegregation and decolonisation for an understanding of what art can be in the future.

Mal Burkinshaw
Academic Staff, Design

I am an alumni of Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art, in London, where I won the BT Award for Outstanding Studies. In addition to my role as Head of the School of Design, I direct the ECA Diversity Network, uniting experts from academia, industry and charity sectors to discuss and improve issues relating to Diversity in fashion design through collaboration and public engagement. I continue to be an active designer and my exhibition work communicates themes about diversity, body image, historical beauty, accessibility and gender. My work has been exhibited at significant international venues including; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh), The International Centre for Lace and Fashion (Calais, France), The Bonnington Gallery (Nottingham), The Shanghai Museum of Textiles and Costume and Venice Design 2019.

Mark Cousins
Academic Staff, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

I graduated in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 1984 and subsequently studied for an MA in Design at the Glasgow School of Art. My career has combined practice (Germany and the UK), academia (Scotland and Australia) and publishing (writing for a varied range of magazines and journals). I have over 30 years experience in the architectural profession and I am currently a Teaching Fellow at ESALA, University of Edinburgh. I met my partner in first year at university and we were civilly partnered before being officially married in 2015.

Eve Equi
Professional Services, RKEI

As a member of ECA's Professional Services staff, I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to discussion and implementation of EDI plans and policy. My specific interests - both professional and personal - relate to gender and family circumstances.

Stuart Fallon
Talbot Rice Gallery

I am the Assistant Curator at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery. I lead on the Gallery’s Residents (embed link to https://www.trg.ed.ac.uk/residents-1) programme for emerging Scotland-based artists as well as co-ordinating the Gallery’s communications and assisting on the main exhibition and event programme. In line with Talbot Rice’s demodernising agenda, I am actively engaged with and invested in developing understanding and strategy for good EDI practice. Within the Residents programme this awareness and implementation is crucial in providing the best platform and support for participating artists, particularly POC artists and those with additional access needs.

Emily Ford-Halliday
Academic Staff, Design (Director of Adjustments)
She/Her

I am passionate about bringing equity to education. My interest lies in humane teaching and in exploring how we, as teachers and learners, can nurture compassion and respect for all living beings. I recently developed a body of documents that are designed to support staff with inclusive approaches to language and development of course materials. My recent work 'Fashion in the Dark' is a series of documentaries, created with community collaboration, that aims to visually and acoustically interpret how blind of visually impaired people experience and navigate fashion. The films were exhibited at 'Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk' exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, shortlisted for the British Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC ‘Research in Film Awards' and also won ‘Best New Fashion Film’ at Milan Fashion Film Festival and have had screenings in Europe, North East America, Australia and the UK.

Quinn Garrison
PhD Student, Art

I am an Art PhD student, working in the field of Queer Posthumanism. My research investigates the structural problems of privilege and inequality involved in subject formation and develops tools for reconfiguring dominant cultural codes and redistributing power. I use my research to challenge inequality and barriers to access in the arts with an emphasis on addressing hierarchies of knowledge production and collective working practices. As a Queer Non-Binary student, advocating for the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community is important to me. Being part of the EDI committee allows me to contribute to making ECA more equitable for all.

Helen Leigh
Professional Services, Technical Learning Services

My experience is limited within the umbrella term of Equality & Diversity, although I have a lot of experience of working with people in a support capacity through mental health charities, youth groups and working in a school. I am currently a support officer at ECA, so find myself supporting a spectrum of people on a daily basis (not just for technology related issues & queries).

Judith Miller
Professional Services, Deputy Director Professional Services

As Deputy Director of Professional Services at ECA I was part of the Self-Assessment Team that led to the successful Athena Swan Bronze Award for ECA in 2016. I continue to work both as a manager and as a member of the EDI Committee to embed and support the aims and objectives of Athena Swan through the working practices at ECA.

Kirsty Stewart
Professional Services, ECA Admin Officer

My academic work links environmental and gender issues with broader societal and religious practices in the Byzantine period, addressing nuances which are still valid today. I was very involved with equality work as a student and the first female Junior Dean at Queen's College, Oxford.

 

ECA EDI: Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-racism Working Group

Marian Jago (Co-Chair Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-racism Working Group)
Academic Staff, Music

I am Lecturer in Popular Music & Jazz Studies at the University of Edinburgh where my research, teaching, and artistic practice is frequently linked to issues of race, gender, disability, and class. I have experience with collaborative work on successful decolonising the curriculum initiatives, and was recently awarded SFHEA accreditation in part due to these activities.

Penny Travlou (Co-Chair Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-racism Working Group)
Academic Staff, ESALA

I participated in gaining the Athena Swan award for ESALA and am currently participating in the Equality and Diversity group in ESALA. I am keen though on contributing to the campaign of decolonising the academic/art curriculum. I've been doing research on decolonising knowlege for few years now and am Co-Director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research, a non-profit organisation that looks at feminist and queer theory from a radical/grassroots activist perspective including decolonising practices.

Pushpi Bagchi
PhD Student

I am a visual communication designer and PhD Design candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. My doctoral thesis, titled Trading Design Education, is rooted in the commodification of education and investigates the global trade of design higher education services. My focus is on transnational education systems and the export of British design curriculum to South Asia, exploring its value in a different social, economic, and cultural context. My research interests lie in the fields of pluriversality, decolonising design, and the preservation of vernacular culture.

Orian Brook
Academic Staff, History of Art

While my teaching in ECA is limited, I have been working in aspects of social exclusions from creative work for years, including sociology of education, and am the co-author of a forthcoming book 'Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries' which I believe is highly relevant to these activities.

Paulina Caro Troncoso
PhD student, History of Art

I'm a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. By doing my research on the work of a Latin American artist, I've realised the importance of challenging and expanding our understanding of art historical narratives that tend to dominate the discipline. In this initiative, I would like to contribute with my experience as a Chilean student in the UK to help to promote a more inclusive and diverse curriculum.

Sofia Cotrona
Undergraduate Student, History of Art

My experience in academia as a non-native speaker and the work I carried out in different galleries and museums sparked my initial interest in contrasting the language we use to talk about art which maintains an inaccessible, westernize narrative as a naturalized one. I am a member of the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG), a youth group created by Creative Scotland and Young Scot that advices the decision-making process regarding the Scottish national youth arts strategy. Within NYAAG I gained significant experience in cultural policies apt to tackling the barriers that stop young people from engaging with the arts.

Glyn Davis
Academic Staff, Design

I’m based in Design, and (along with academic colleagues from across the University, as well as with students from EUSA’s liberation campaigns) I’ve been developing courses in queer and trans studies over the last couple of years: our ‘Introduction to Queer Studies’ course has now run twice (180 students in year 1, 140 students in year 2); I’ve just had two new honours-level courses – ‘AIDS: Histories, Culture, Politics’ and ‘Global Queer Cinema’ – approved to run in the next academic year. All of these courses have an intersectional politics at their core. My research – most notably, the recent HERA-funded project ‘Cruising the 70s’ – works with similar materials and related approaches.

Fionnuala Doran
Academic Staff, Design

I lecture in Illustration. My research focus includes a focus on marginalised identities in Irish history through graphic novels and comics. My first graphic novel is a semi-fictionalised account of the last years of Roger Casement, who exposed the genocide commited by King Leopold III's private forces in the Congo Free State, and later by private companies in Peru. I am currently exploring post-colonial identities and transition in Northern Ireland through fiction. In my teaching practice I try to incorporate graphic novelists and illustrators from outside of the male and western centric 'canon'.

Emma Gieben-Gamal
Academic Staff, Design

As a Lecturer in Design Cultures my research and teaching is centred around issues relating to design for social justice with a recent focus on ageing and disability. My work is driven by feminist and critical perspectives and I am interested in how design (and design education) can learn from critical methodologies that challenge dominant colonial ways of knowing and doing. I was a member of the ECA Athena Swan committee and am now Co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for ECA together with Deborah Jackson. I also sit on the University of Edinburgh Race Equality Group as a representative for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences EDI Committee.Outside work, I am also the equality and inclusion representative on my children’s school Parent Council where I have a special interest in supporting the development and adoption of an anti-racist educational policy.

Rachel Harkness
Academic Staff, Design

In my work I am interested in how people make manifest their (eco-)designs for living. I mostly work ethnographically in the UK and USA with makers, and for the last decade my creative and anthropological research has centred upon the topics of cultures of building, making and materials, learning-through-doing and the senses, and environmental values, politics and actions. I am strongly for a decolonised, feminist curriculum that acknowledges and celebrates non-Western cultures and creativities. I'd like to see one that is ecologically-aware and relevant for our Anthropocenic times, and I am particularly interested in how issues of class and inequality, and our specific Scottish context, play out in or factor into these decolonising efforts.

Deborah Jackson
Academic Staff, Art

I am a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory & Practice with a focus on intersectional feminist theory. My teaching is informed by my own research into socio-cultural and political practices that aim to augment institutional and structural changes. Along with Emma Gieben-Gamal I am the Co-Director of ECA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and I also sit on the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) EDI Committee and I am a representative on UoE’s Reparative Justice Co-ordination Group. Emma and I have also set up the ECA Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-Racism Working Group, taking steps to work to decolonise and de-cannonise the curriculum and pedagogical structures. We have also created the Athena Swan Working Group to enact and maintain the Athena Swan Bronze Award that was achieved in 2017.

Sepideh Karami
Academic Staff, ESALA

I am a Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture at ESALA, where I develop my research on Decolonizing Infrastructures in an ecological era, specifically looking at sites of extraction. I've been developing decolonizing methods of knowledge production through artistic research, minor politics and situated storytelling, throughout my PhD and thereafter, by working in the intersection of architecture, performing arts, literature and geology. In this specific working group, I am keen to investigate how curriculum can work as a decolonizing infrastructure itself.

Jonny Murray
Academic Staff, Design

I am Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture and Director of Learning and Teaching (UG at Edinburgh College of Art). My teaching and publication activities around contemporary cinema regularly acknowledge and explore issues of equality and diversity related to class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and other identity formations. Elsewhere, my Learning and Teaching Director role at ECA involves responsibility for ensuring that our curriculum evolves in ways that allow students and staff to develop their knowledge of, and active engagement within, decolonising processes of knowledge generation and dissemination.

Tolu Onabolu
Academic Staff, ESALA

I am interested in the relationship between subjectivity and sovereignty, and in the dangers of the aesthetic agenda within the sphere of politics. In my research and lived experience, reinforced by the work of Alain Badiou and Giorgio Agamben, I query the logics of belonging, inclusion, exclusion, and consumption as spatio-political practices. In my studio teaching, I find direct correlations in horror fiction and speculative realism on the issues of foreignness and alterity and use their narrative forms to lay bare the explicitly political structure of spatial practices in architecture and the built environment.

Anna Phillips
Undergraduate Student, History of Art

As a History of Art undergraduate I have become acutely aware of and actively engage with racism and unconscious biases that are at play in the arts in both academia and in the wider cultural sphere. I have devoted my study to this, taking modules in Cultural Policy and Contemporary African American and Black British Visual Culture. Outside of this, I work as a Course Assistant and Creative Leader at the National Youth Theatre, dissecting intersectionality and looking at how we can make theatre a safe space for all. As an active member of Bedlam Theatre, I have involved myself in projects that directly engage with such issues, staring in the UK Première of White by James Ijames in 2019. Deconstructing and interrogating the canons of the plastic arts and theatre is something I am deeply passionate about, and I am very eager to work with this group and hopefully make ECA a space that keeps inclusivity a top priority.

Zelda Solomon
Undergraduat Student, History of Art

I'm Zelda Solomon, (she/her) and I am a 4th year History of Art student currently focusing on cultural policy. Being of mixed Japanese/Jewish decent I have a particular interest in the East Asian diaspora identity and intersectional approaches to race and belonging. I was previously the BAMER Liberation Officer at Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh and I am currently on the curatorial team for UncoverEd. You can also find the theatre company I co-founded on being Asian-ish on Instagram at @sexyasiansinyourarea. I love discussing decolonial issues and racialised experiences with fellow students so don't hesitate to contact me for a chat!