A reflection on extractive research: a commitment to uplifting marginalised voices and challenging structural inequality
At Systemic Justice, our research activities encompass community consultations, research conversations, data interrogation, analysis, and knowledge production – all carried out in service to racially, socially, and economically marginalised groups and communities.
Before we can fix systemic injustices, we need to understand them. One of the key elements of our community-driven approach to strategic litigation that challenges climate, racial, social, and economic injustices is undertaking research to reveal how these injustices are experienced by marginalised communities across Europe. By design, our research methodologies recognise the interconnected harms of climate injustice, lack of access to justice, policing, racism, social unprotection and lack of freedom of movement.
Our approach to research and knowledge aspires always to bear witness, by being there embracing our ‘social connectedness, developing a sense of fellow membership, of community, solidarity and belonging together’ with those who experience systemic injustice.