Kalbir joined Goldsmiths in 1991 as an experienced youth and community worker, campaigner and local authority officer after having worked in Hertfordshire, Lewisham and Greenwich. Since that time she has taught and developed undergraduate and postgraduate Community and Youth Work programmes and been particularly instrumental in developing and strengthening postgraduate provision in Community and Youth Work. She has co-convened the National Youth Agency endorsed MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work teaching for over a decade and also offers supervision for M.phil/PhD. In addition, Dr Shukra has worked on a series of research projects at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Urban and Community Research and published her work in a range of academic and professional journals.
- PhD (Social Sciences -Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Kent, Canterbury.
- PG Diploma (JNC) Youth Work and Community Development
Tutor and Lecturer on all Community and Youth Work programmes. Co-convenes the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work with a colleague from the Anthropology Dept.
Areas of supervision
Invites PhD applications in any area of community and youth work. Kalbir is particularly interested in applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in one of the following areas: Youth Work, Anti-Oppressive Approaches to Community and Youth Work, Community Engagement, Third Sector and Minority Political Participation.
Community cohesion: challenges to anti-oppressive approaches in Community and Youth Work presented to the Positive Action and Community Cohesion in the UK British Academy and Institute of Education seminar held at the Art Workers’ Guild, Bloomsbury, London in July 2010
New approaches to community and workplace solidarity. Presented to ‘Help and Representation at Work - the launch of research report’ seminar in September 2010, Trade Union Congress, Congress House, London, United Kingdom.
Kalbir’s reserch interests include minority social movements, youth participation, black politics and anti-racism. Her recent work has focused on exploring positive forms of participation and community engagement whilst critiquing the development of assimilationist approaches to community cohesion and new managerialist strands of community and youth work.
Publications and research outputs
Shukra, Kalbir. 1997. ‘From Black Power to Black Perspectives: the reconstruction of a black political identity’. In: Ba-Nikongo Nikongo, ed. Leading Issues in African-American Studies. Carolina Academic, pp. 587-602. ISBN 978-0890896693
Shukra, Kalbir; Ball, Malcolm and Brown, Katy. 2019. Evaluating Young People’s Engagement and Participation in Creating Public Identities. International Journal of Open Youth Work, 3, pp. 12-29. ISSN 2514-1813
Shukra, Kalbir. 2017. Extending democracy to young people: is it time for youth suffrage? Youth and Policy(116), pp. 62-78. ISSN 0262-9798
Shukra, Kalbir. 2012. Participation and Activism: Young People Shaping Their Worlds. Youth and Policy, 108, pp. 36-54. ISSN 0262-9798
Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra; Shukra, Kalbir and Solomos, J.. 2009. Islam and the New Political Landscape: Faith Communities, Political Participation and Social Change. Theory, Culture and Society, 26(4), pp. 1-24. ISSN 1460-3616
Mayo, Marjorie C.; Blake, Geraldine; Diamond, John; Foot, Jane; Gidley, Ben; Shukra, Kalbir and Yarnit, Martin. 2009. Community Empowerment and Community Cohesion: parallel agendas for community building in England? Journal of Social Intervention, 18(1), pp. 23-43. ISSN 1876-8830
Shukra, Kalbir. 2008. From anti-oppressive practice to community cohesion. Youth and Policy, 100, pp. 231-239.
Shukra, Kalbir. 2007. The changing terrain of multi-culture: from anti-oppressive practice to community cohesion. Concept: The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory, 17(3), pp. 3-7. ISSN 1359 1983
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra and Solomos, J.. 2004. Race, Social Cohesion and the Changing Politics of Citizenship. London Review of Education, 2(3), pp. 187-195. ISSN 14748460
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Khan, Azra; Keith, Michael and Solomos, J.. 2004. Black Politics and the Web of Joined up Governance: compromise, ethnic minority mobilisation and the Transitional Public Sphere. Social Movement Studies, 3(1), pp. 33-50. ISSN 14742837
Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra; Shukra, Kalbir and Solomos, J.. 2002. New Labour's White Heart: Politics, Multiculturalism and the Return of Assimilation. The Political Quarterly, 73(4), pp. 445-454. ISSN 00323179
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Khan, Azra; Keith, Michael and Solomos, John. 2002. ‘The Return of Assimilationism: Race, Multiculturalism and New Labour’. Sociological Research Online, 7(2),
Conference or Workshop Item
Shukra, Kalbir. 2010. 'New approaches to community and workplace solidarity'. In: Help and Representation at Work - launch of research report. Trade Union Congress, Congress House, London, United Kingdom September 2010.
Shukra, Kalbir. 2010. 'Community cohesion: challenges to anti-oppressive approaches in Community and Youth Work'. In: Positive Action and Community Cohesion in the UK. Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom July 2010.
Shukra, Kalbir. 2009. 'In defence of youth work in London and the South East'. In: In Defence of Youth Work. Goldsmiths 19 May 2009.
Mayo, Marjorie C.; Shukra, Kalbir; Gidley, Ben; Blake, Geraldine; Foot, Jane; Yarnit, Martin and Diamond, John. 2008. Community Engagement and Community Cohesion. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.