ABOUT US

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Centric is a Research Hub developed, owned and operated by the communities of Lambeth and Southwark. Informed by the history of racism and discrimination on Black and Brown people, along with 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.

We strive to upskill our researchers to go beyond just research. Incubating entrepreneurship, mentoring and training are all part of our mission to make impactful change on the society we live in today.

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The Centric Concept

Our research approach is conceived from our knowledge and lived experiences, giving us integrity and allowing us to build trust and conduct research in a diverse range of communities across London. We aim to expand nationally.

Once a new member/community feels confident to take charge of the Centric Research Hub in their area, we begin the process of transferring the intellectual property and physical infrastructure we’ve co-created to them before moving on to the next community in need and replicating the process.

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How it Works

Ethnic, underserved and underrepresented communities are experts when it comes to the struggles, expectations and aspirations of their own people. They’re also well versed in the shortcomings of current institutions. Researchers from these communities have the cultural competence to converse clearly and effectively with sub-groups within their own communities.

They also have the inside track on off-stage narratives and cultural trends from the street that could take years for traditional researchers to unearth, if ever. Their shared experiences of unequal and exclusive socio-economic opportunities give them an instant connection with fellow community members, helping to overcome the deep distrust of established institutions in these urban areas.

We call this Social Brokerage.

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

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What's next?

We’re still in the early phases of development of the Lambeth and Southwark hub, which will serve as a model for all future Centric hubs around London. We have recruited and began training a full contingent of community-based staff and successfully completed two externally funded health research projects: on medical scepticism and air pollution.

We continually 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? If so, we’d love to hear from you, please get in touch now.

For more about our research aspirations and hub funding requirements plus, other ways you can support our work, join us HERE.

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