Ima Jackson


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Migration, policy, racialisation and community participation 

Dr Jackson's achievement is managing to co produce, inclusive, intersectional, community engaged research with marginalised and racialised people in Scotland. This requires engagement with communities prior to the development of any research to determine their perspective on key issues.  The authority, reputation and relationships in the Academy she uses to gain ‘buy in’ of key academics and the decision makers in policy and service planning and develop research proposals. This process is an outcome. 
Her sustained and successful track record of engagement with Black People, People of Colour and other Minority Ethnic people relys on effective community engagement and is based on a model of academic activism, decolonising approaches and Black Feminist Theories of knowledge production. It has a reputation for integrity and trustworthiness in those communities and with academics, policy makers and the Government. 
Her approach has been recognised by the First Minister of Scotland as supporting her ambition for participatory policy making within Government and invited to co-lead the National Advisory Council for Women and Girls.
Since 2019 she has been Co-Chair with Professor Kate O’Donnell ( Glasgow University) for The Scottish Migrant and Ethnic Health Research Strategy Network  (SMEHRS) – hosted by Public Health Scotland SMEHRS, the leading conduit for Ethnic minority health to further this approach to engagement with research, policy and service planning in Scotland.
She has also been recently appointed to lead on the development of a Scottish Government funded National “Gender Institute” to develop research to evidence the processes for systemic change in the public attitudes to girls' and women's rights.  

She is a co convenor ofasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet:  

Board member for the ILFA project which supports communities of colour and migrants develop skills to navigate the discrimination they experience

She supports through steering group membership a range of organisations such as Migrant Voice developed by communities to increase representation at all levels of social and political media engagement. 

She is currently Principal Investigator on two projects: Development of a migrant skills recognition and accreditation hub for Scotland and Enhancing transcultural participation – through preventing female genital mutilation(FGM). 

She is supervisor for PhD students working with Racialised communities. Interested to supervise MSc and PhD students researching aspects of migration, workrforce issues, migrant health and gender. 

She is Chair of the Board for Centre for Contemporary Art CCA Glasgow;- the leading cultural hub for Glasgow

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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