Ima Jackson


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Community participation, migration, public policy, racialisation, anti racism,  ethnicity, intersectional approaches, gender, equity

Professor Jackson's achievement is managing to co produce, inclusive, intersectional community engaged research with adversely racialised and marginalised people in Scotland. This requires engagement with people in their communities prior to the development of any research to determine their perspective on key issues in their lives.  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 adversely racialised and minoritised, relys on effective community engagement based on a model of academic activism, anti racism and decolonising approaches using 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. 
Co Chairing with Talat Yaqoob she is currently leading on the development of a new national anti racism Observatory for Scotland. The Observatory will work to establish anti racism delivery and scrutiny in order to ensure our public organisations are competent and fit for purpose.
Ima's approach was recognised by the First Minister of Scotland as supporting her ambition for participatory policy making within Government and Ima was invited to co-lead the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls 2020-22
She was also invited to Chair the Board for Centre for Contemporary Art CCA Glasgow 2016-2022- a leading cultural hub for Glasgow. Ima recently opted to step down from both these leadership roles but remains part of the Council and the CCA Board.
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) – working with Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Public Health Scotland. SMEHRS is a conduit to further an anti racism approach to community engagement within health research, policy and service planning in Scotland.
Ima works with and supports a host of brilliant small often fragile community groups.

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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