Dr. Kalbir Shukra

Staff details

Position Programme Convenor/Senior Lecturer
Email k.shukra (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7825

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.

Academic qualifications

  • 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. 

Papers presented

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.

Research Interests

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.



Shukra, Kalbir . 1998. The changing pattern of Black politics in Britain. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0745314600

Book Section

Shukra, Kalbir . 2010. Anti-racism to community cohesion. In: Janet Batsleer and Bernard Davies, eds. What is Youth Work? Exeter: Learning Matters, pp. 129-139. ISBN 9781844454662

Shukra, Kalbir . 1998. New Labour Debates and Dilemmas. In: , ed. Race and British Electoral Politics. London: UCL Press, pp. 117-144. ISBN 978-1-85728-830-8

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 . 1990. Black Sections in the Labour Party. In: Harry Goulbourne, ed. Black Politics in Britain. Avebury, pp. 165-189. ISBN 978-0566071485


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. Citizenship and Young People. www.parliament.uk(CCE002),

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),

Shukra, Kalbir . 1996. A Scramble for the British Pie. Patterns of Prejudice, 30(1), pp. 28-36. ISSN 0031-322X

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.

Shukra, Kalbir ; Ball, Malcolm and Brown, Katy. 2009. 'Demystifying youth participation'. In: History of Youth and Community Work Study Conference. Durham 6-8 March, 2009.


Shukra, Kalbir . 2020. Learning from the Lewisham COVID-19 Response Hub. Other. UNSPECIFIED, London.

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.

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