Questions of exclusion, inclusion, discrimination, prejudice are subtle, complex, and multi-faceted. If we are to create a more inclusive and tolerant world, it is essential that we understand that we truly understand these problems well and spend time learning what works or can work based on evidence. Thousands of researchers from across domains – sociology, behavioural economics, gender & feminism, caste & race studies, peace studies, political economy – have spent decades studying these questions and have developed a very rich body of knowledge that can be used to inform initiatives that seek to address some of these issues. As a corollary, there is also a lot that remains a blindspot for researchers focused on any of these themes and coordination can play a vital role in surfacing these blindspots and triggering focused research activity to build knowledge. Also, research and academia lead to the creation of meaningful “safe spaces” where such questions can be studied and explored in detail.
The Belongg Research Collective is a platform launched by Belongg that seeks to create a vibrant network of researchers who are approaching these themes of diversity & inclusion through gender, feminism, sexuality, ethnicity, race, ability, immigrants, prejudice/bias through one or more of the three pathways listed below:
The Belongg Research Collective hosts periodic brown bags where we invite researchers focussed on questions of identity, discrimination, bias, and prejudice to share their research interests and explore collaborations in an informal and interactive space.We’re hosting a brown bag on the 16th of March in Delhi and are inviting five-minute presentations by participating researchers on their respective research interests. The objective of this event is to have researchers come together on a platform that facilitates a better understanding of ongoing research activity and also surfaces collaboration opportunities with complementary researchers.