Voice and Equality Research & Action Network


The aim of VERN is to focus on collective and the organisational dynamics within Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and other marginalised communities in terms of their networks and the attitude of traditional public and private bodies towards them. It aims to do the following:

  • Explain and raise the profile of BME communities and their networks.
  • Raise awareness of BME capacity related issues and internal dynamics.
  • Examine how these link to other bodies such as trade unions and broader interest groups
  • Evaluate their role in national and local economic dynamics and regulatory processes
  • Survey their representative structures and cultures
  • Raise awareness of the collective and organisational dimensions of the equality debate

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