Gary Craig has been an academic for half of his working life, including spells as Professor of Social Justice at two universities, and a community development worker for the other half. He was President of the International Association for Community Development with UN consultative status for nine years, and has been a Trustee of the TutuUK Foundation for ten years. Much of his research focuses on issues of ‘race’ and ethnicity and he has led several research studies into racism and race relations in York and North Yorkshire. He has published widely including ten books and dozens of articles and chapters in books. Recent publications include ‘Understanding “race” and ethnicity (2nd edition), Global Social Justice, Community Organising against Racism, and The Modern Slavery Agenda.
He has set up three anti-racist fora in different parts of the country and has a very wide experience of social research, particularly forms of research which engage with local communities (including a DEFRA-commissioned evaluation of Rural Community Councils). He was a member and sometime chair of the national DEFRA equalities advisory committee. Most recently he has been engaged with aspects of modern slavery such as forced labour and human trafficking.
He was recently presented with an award for his significant contribution to the struggle against modern slavery. He undertakes research on a consultancy basis: see www.Professorgarycraig.com