Sadia Habib

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Sadia Habib is a Lecturer in Education at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED).

Since May 2019, Sadia has been the young people's programme coordinator at the Manchester Museum leading on a 3 year British Council/Heritage Lottery Fund international multi-partnership project entitled Our Shared Cultural Heritage. She has set up a Young People’s Collective with over 50 young people regularly leading on activities, campaigns and events that matter to themselves and their communities, and changing the heritage sector for the better. Follow their work on Twitter and Instagram. The project has been extended to Dec 2023.

She also works as a Researcher in Social Sciences at the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity. 

Sadia's research interests lie at the intersection of identities, arts, culture, education, social justice, critical pedagogy and anti-racism. In 2020, Sadia was in the top 3 finalists for the Museums Association's Radical Changemaker Award; in 2021, Sadia won the Manchester Culture Award for Promotion of Equality and Social Justice.

In 2018, she co-founded The Riz Test which has fast become a popular tool used by the arts and culture industries, academics and students to measure the representation of Muslims in film and on television. The Riz Test sit on the BFI’s Muslims on Screen Advisory Panel, and Sadia is also on the BAFTA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group.

Sadia has written extensively about identities, young people and belonging in her own books, as well as in edited collections.

Previously, she worked as a secondary and sixth form teacher of English Language and Literature. While teaching, she worked on her MA in Education and her PhD in Education. In her PhD research, Sadia explored the teaching and learning of Britishness. You can read about her research on Britishness and British Values in her first book. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

BAFTA Equality & Diversity Steering Group, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

Feb 2020 → …

Co-Founder of The Riz Test, The Riz Test

Jun 2018 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


  • identities
  • belonging
  • social justice
  • heritage
  • museums
  • racism
  • islamophobia
  • anti-racism
  • schooling and education
  • critical pedagogy
  • culture
  • media
  • community engagement
  • young people


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