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Riot Roundtables

The Riot Roundtables brought key local decision-makers, professionals, young people and members of the community together to find out what happened during the riots and what can be done to prevent something similar happening again. Runnymede was keen to find out if race played a role in the riots.

We visited Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Croydon, Lewisham and we also held a roundtable at Parliament in Westminster. In partnership with our young researchers we spoke to approximately 200 people across England.

As part of the project, young researchers were trained to carry out research within their peer group. The young researchers were recruited from three schools in London: Bethnal Green Technology College, Lilian Baylis, Woolwich Polytechnic School; and one school in Birmingham, Saint John Wall Catholic School. There were 18 young researchers in total.

The Riot Roundtables - Race and the riots of August 2011
By Ojeaku Nwabuzo
This is the full report of the Riot Roundtables project

Young Researchers Practice Report
By Femi Adekunle
This practice report provides more information on our work with the young researchers

We also went to hair and beauty salons in Birmingham, Coventry, Croydon and Lewisham to find out what local people thought about the riots. Watch the audio slideshow.

This research was made possible with the generous support of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, an independent, charitable foundation, committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people in society.

Runnymede Oral Histories

You might also be interested in our oral histories documentation of previous riots:

- An audio interview with Lord Herman Ouseley, speaking about the Brixton disturbances in 1981.

- The Scarman Report that stressed the importance of tackling racial disadvantage and racial discrimination following the Brixton disturbances in 1981.

- The Handsworth, Birmingham disturbances in  September 1985 that followed an incident where a black man was allegedly racially harassed by a police officer.

Contact Ojeaku Nwabuzo if you want to know more about the Riot Roundtables project.