PRIME

Protecting Minority Ethnic Communities Online (PRIME)

Minority ethnic (ME) communities are more likely to experience systematic racism, discrimination, marginalization, harassment in the UK. Such inequalities lead to various issues when accessing vital public services related but not limited to health, housing and energy. As a result, as compared to other communities, ME communities are more likely to face issues such as overcrowded social housing, dissatisfaction in accessing health related services, fuel poverty and more. Accelerated since the pandemic, as more of such public services are moving online, the issues faced by ME communities are not only being replicated online but also worsening.

Mitigating this situation requires an urgent focus and action on the part of service providers, government as well as users in order to ensure open, safe and equal access for all citizens. In such a context, the Protecting Minority Ethnic Communities Online (PRIME) project, funded by UKRI, was initiated in 2022 to focuses on connecting all stakeholders, identifying the distinctive online harms that ME communities experience and then developing innovative policy guidance and toolkits for tackling these racial inequalities in the UK.

The PRIME project brings together a team of academics and researchers from five universities which share common goals in promoting research excellence, with a strong focus on tackling major contemporary societal challenges through multi-disciplinary working and public engagement: Heriot Watt University (HWU), Cranfield University (CU), the University of Glasgow (UoG), The Open University (OU) and the University of York (UoY). The team is equipped with relevant and complementary knowledge and skills in applied linguistics, cyber security and privacy, data mining and machine learning, human computer interaction and educational technology.

People

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Prof. Gina Netto

Principal Investigator

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University

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Prof. Lynne Baillie

Co-Investigator

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

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Prof. Nazmiye Ozkan

Co-Investigator

Cranfield University

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Prof. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

Co-Investigator

Open University

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Dr. Wei Pang

Co-Investigator

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

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Dr. Mark Wong

Co-Investigator

University of Glasgow

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Dr. Siamak Shahandashti

Co-Investigator

University of York

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Dr. Sacha Hasan

Co-Investigator

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University

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Dr. Farjana Islam

Co-Investigator

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University

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Dr. Irina Rets

Co-Investigator

Open University

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Dr. Zinat Aboli

Research Associate

Cranfield University

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Dr. Sara Bailey

Research Associate

Open University

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Dr. Enze Lu

Research Associate

Cranfield University

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Dr. Aunam Quyoum

Research Associate

University of Glasgow

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Dr Mehdi Rizvi

Research Associate

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

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Yingfang Yuan

Research Associate

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

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Dr Laura Whyte

Project Manager

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

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Eunice Anteh

PhD Student

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University

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Kefan Chen

PhD Student

Department of Computer Science (MACS), Heriot-Watt University

Funding

Project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Duration: 01 August 2022 - 31 March 2025

Value: £ 1,466,412

EPSRC reference: EP/W032333/1

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Contact

For more information or any questions, email our project manager at L.Whyte[at]hw.ac.uk, follow us on Twitter @protectingME or check out our website www.primecommunities.online

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