Institute for Social & Economic Research

Institute for Social & Economic Research

For more information, contact Ratna Dutt.

Ratna Dutt, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation, is member of the advisory group Institute for Social & Economic Research: ‘prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment on health: a longitudinal analysis’. This group started in April 2016 and the duration is 18 months.

The project will look at several research areas.
Firstly, who experiences ethnic or racial harassment? The study will look at an overview of the prevalence, intensity and persistence of harassment in British society today. Following a long tradition of survey-based research on harassment and its effects, the researchers’ first aim is to understand who is most likely to experience harassment in Britain today. Are particular ethnic and religious groups more likely to experience harassment? Which types of individuals within these groups are more vulnerable?


Secondly, the study will look at whether ethnic minorities living in certain types of areas are at a greater risk of experiencing harassment and look for the causal impact of residential characteristics on harassment.


Thirdly, researchers will seek to identify protective factors against the negative impact of harassment on mental health and wellbeing. They aim to uncover factors that make individuals resilient to the negative consequences of harassment on mental health and wellbeing.


The fourth research area will look at the effect of ethnic or racial harassment on health behaviours. The researchers will examine related – but distinct - research questions: what is the effect of ethnic and racial harassment on the health behaviours of the adult foreign born? and what is the effect of exposure to ethnic or racial harassment on the health behaviours of UK born (or raised) ethnic minorities?