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Centric Community Research is a Research Hub developed, owned, and operated by the communities of Lambeth and Southwark. Informed by a history of racism and discrimination against people of colour and our lived experience of racial inequities that we still face to this day, we aspire to empower diverse communities of colour across the urban landscape. Our communities and researchers are important to the work we do.

Our DNA consistently strives and drives our communities and researchers to upskill, going beyond just research through the incubation of entrepreneurship, mentoring, and training which is all part of our mission to make impactful change in the society we live in today.


The Centric Concept

Our research approach is conceived from our knowledge and lived experiences. Integrity is paramount to our DNA and has given us the ability to build trust in our research activities across a diverse range of communities nationally.

Once a community member or community feels confident to take charge of a Centric Research Hub in their area, we transfer the co-created intellectual property and physical infrastructure to them and begin the building process for the next community in need.


How it Works

Ethnic, underserved, and underrepresented communities are experts when it comes to the struggles, expectations and aspirations of their own people.

These underserved, and underrepresented communities are also well versed in the shortcomings of many existing institutions. Therefore, we utilise researchers from these communities with the cultural competence to converse clearly and effectively with sub-groups within their own communities.

Our community researchers also have the inside track on complex narratives and cultural trends on a street level which is a nuance that could take traditional researchers years to unearth, if ever. The combined shared experiences of unequal and exclusive socio-economic opportunities enables us to have an instant connection to fellow community members, helping overcome the deep distrust of established institutions in these urban areas.

We call this Social Brokerage.


our philosophy

Centric believes in the power of open and trusting relationships to drive better outcomes for ethnic, underserved and underrepresented communities.

Racial inequality within Black, Brown and underserved communities has been centuries in the making. It is a showstopper when it comes to any form of equitable research and delivering service provisions. Addressing it requires a radical change in our approach to research. We are that radical change. We lead the way in disruptive research.

More nuanced – we are from the community, so we bring clarity and understanding to the questions we ask and how we interpret what we hear.

Better insights – the community trusts us with the truth. We have access to information and insights from community members that academic and other traditional researchers don’t.

We care – reducing distrust and making the relationships between different communities equitable isn’t an abstract concern for us, it’s our reality. For us, as the Covid crisis confirmed, it’s a matter of life and death.

Building self-esteem – institutional racism strips people of their confidence. By giving people skills, a voice and a seat at the table, we build their confidence and aspirations.

We empower – the only way to make things different is by doing something different. The Centric model is about ceding real power and control to communities because they’re the only ones who can change the entrenched inequalities.

We are a movement – we produce the highest quality and most in-depth research. But we’re not a consulting firm. We are a social movement dedicated to empowering Black and underserved Britons to take responsibility for their lives and the lives of those around them.


What next?

We’re still in the early phases of development for the Lambeth and Southwark hub. This will serve as a model for all future Centric hubs nationally.

We have recruited and begun training a full contingent of community-based staff and have also successfully completed two externally funded health research projects: on ‘Medical Scepticism’ and ‘Air Pollution.

We continue to seek funding for further client-led and community-led projects.

Are you a client interested in finding out more about how our innovative research services can drive and inform your policies? Or do you want to join us in affecting real change in your community? Find out more about how to work with us HERE.

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