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A Philip Leverhulme Prize for research on law, race and the environment

Research will consider how the health of racialised communities is disproportionately impacted by environmental harm.

This is a photo of air pollution in a city

Dr Nadine El-Enany, Reader in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law, has been awarded a 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prize. Dr El-Enany is one of five Law winners nationwide. 

The prize is for researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising, to use for any research purpose, and has been awarded annually since 2001. This year’s prize, given to 30 researchers across all disciplines, totals £3 million. 

Professor Stewart Motha, Dean of the School of Law said, "I am delighted that Dr El-Enany has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. The research that Dr El-Enany intends to undertake, titled ‘I can’t breathe’: Law, Race and the Environment’, is focussed on environmental factors such as extremely poor air quality, leading to highly skewed health outcomes for racialised communities. This extremely timely research continues a consistent and coherent research trajectory that she has promoted through her co-directorship of the Centre for Research on Race and Law at Birkbeck Law School.  Dr El-Enany will be exploring the manifestations of race-based violence through phenomena that would not usually be understood through the prism of race. This is, therefore, highly unique research which will make a ground-breaking contribution to the pursuit of environmental and racial justice. The award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize to Dr El-Enany also reflects very positively on the vibrant research culture of the Law School." 

In 2018, Dr El-Enany was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to research the experiences of families of racialised custodial death victims in their struggle for justice and accountability.  

This year she published the book, ‘(B)ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire’ (Manchester University Press).  

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