Intersectionality in Practice Research Report Launch

HEAR is pleased to let members know about the below report launch. HEAR members and colleagues took an active part in this research and it is excellent to see the report and resources now published in full, and congratulations to Ashlee!

About Intersectionality in Practice

In the last decade, there has been increasing conversation about intersectionality, but often a lack of awareness and confidence amongst practitioners and policymakers about how to apply it.

Intersectionality in Practice (Dr Ashlee Christoffersen) shares findings of co-produced research from the first study of how policymakers and practitioners themselves understand how to apply intersectionality, and the first in-depth exploration of internationality's applications in the UK.

Applying intersectionality in practice holds multiple benefits for organisations and the communities they represent and work with.

The report, animation and video interviews with leading practitioners aim to increase knowledge, confidence and commitment to apply intersectionality, leading to transformations in practice that further intersectional justice.

Access the research findings

This report aimed at practitioners and policymakers shares learning from the research about how intersectionality is applied. It shares examples for practitioners which demonstrate the strengths and limitations of different ways of applying intersectionality, and is intended to inform intersectionality's growing interpretation and application by policymakers. The report challenges understandings and applications of intersectionality, considers questions of representation, and makes recommendations to equality organisations, policymakers and funders.

If you would like a print copy of the report, please fill in the Intersectionality in Practice Report request form and we will send one to you.

Interviews with practitioners

We have conducted a series of interviews with equality specialists about how the research can be applied.

Videos - Intersectionality in Practice

  • Mridul Wadhwa, Equality campaigner, Scotland
  • Christine Goodall, Network Coordinator, London's HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network
  • Tansy Hutchinson, Head of Policy, Equally Ours
  • Asif Afridi, Deputy CEO, brap, Birmingham


The Intersectionality in Practice animation (Mary Martins) explains intersectionality in clear terms and outlines the five applied concepts of intersectionality defined in the report.

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