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Kusminder Chahal

Senior Research Assistant

My Research Vision

My research is inspired by aiming to respond to problems and concerns, observations and reflections made by people living in communities and working with them to identify solutions and methods to undertake community based research and action research. I hope to achieve through my work and working collaboratively with others solutions that contribute to social justice and the wellbeing of people who are part of and working with our range of research projects.  


Kusminder Chahal has been an active researcher for over 23 years, working in a variety of settings ranging from local government, consultancies, community projects and higher education. His research interests have largely been focused on exploring the lived experience of racist victimisation and hate crimes and practical responses for victims; working in local communities to identify local needs and contribute to actioning those needs; undertake ethnographic inspired research in everyday situations to explore multiculture, social relations and diversity. Kusminder’s research on racist victimisation and victim-led services contributed to a national charitable trust setting aside £1M funding for community-based projects working directly with victims of racist hate. Kusminder’s work on racist victimisation has been described as “essential reading”. He has trained over 450 community activists as community-based researchers and trained over 4000 professional on equality and diversity.      


  • Chahal, K (2012) Racist Crimes, Magistrate Journal, February 2012
  • Chahal, K (2011) Alternative Narratives of Grassroots (Anti) Racism and Multiculturalism: The Need for Epistemic Revolutions, Meijo Law Review, 2011, Vol.61, No.1
  • Chahal, K (2008) "Empowerment, racist incidents and casework practice", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 11 Iss: 2, pp.22 - 29
  • Chahal, K (2007) Racist Harassment and Housing Services (London: Race Equality Foundation)
  • Harrison, M. Phillips, D. Chahal, K. Hunt, L and Perry, J (2005) Housing, ‘Race’ and Community Cohesion (Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing)
  • Chahal, K (2004) Experiencing Ethnicity: Discrimination and Service Provision (Foundations Series, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • Chahal, K (2003) Racist harassment support projects: Their role, impact and potential (York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • Temple, B and Chahal, K (2002) The salience of terminology: housing research with older people from minority ethnic communities, Int. J. Social Research Methodology, 2002, Vol 5, No. 4, 353-369
  • Chahal, K & Blackaby, B (2000) Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Strategies: A Good Practice Guide (Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing)
  • Chahal, K & Julienne, L (1999) “We can’t all be white!” Racist victimisation in the UK. (York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation)


  • Ethnography of multiculture and the high street: Funded by the Centre, this project aims to explore multiculture and social relations within one specific location of Coventry. 
  • Review of Hate Crime Practice and Responses in the Royal Borough of Greenwich: Working with Greenwich Inclusion Project, this project will review current policy and practice, highlight good practice and suggest ways of improving services for victims. 
  • Building grassroots solutions to integration in Waltham Forest, London: Funded by the Open Society Foundation and managed by Professor Harris Beider, this research explored the views and opinions of white working class and Pakistani Muslim residents about living together within the borough.
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Senior Research Assistant

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