Dr Ima Jackson

Senior Lecturer
Department of Nursing and Community Health
Ima is a community engaged researcher working broadly within migration and those who are racialised within society. She works regularly across portfolios with Scottish Government Ministers, their civil servants and policy makers. Over the last 20 years as unprecedented migration has changed Scotland’s demography her work has built from the experiences of those who are often marginalised and racialised within our systems of policy development and service provision. Her work is based in social justice and uses the authority and integrity of the Academy to support communities evidence their experiences through research to those that make decisions about them.

This work requires her to develop trust with and sustain commitment to people in communities who are racialised alongside the policy makers and service planners who often are not used to engaging with the racialised communities they serve.

Within the broad framework of anti-racist practice she works in a pragmatic way across health, education, the cultural sector and skills and employability. Her work informs policy and service provision both nationally and internationally. Her research in recent years has been in areas as diverse as developing national infrastructure for overseas skills recognition; suicide prevention; infrastructure for racialised people in Scotland; interpreting educational resources; and evidencing the expertise of women and girls of African descent to inform national policy to prevent female genital mutilation.

She is currently:
Co- chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls
Co- chair of the Expert Advisory group on COVID-19 and Ethnicity
Co- chair of the Scottish Migrant Health Research Strategy Group (SMEHRS).
Chair of the Board for the CCA- Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow.

She is currently Principal Investigator Skills Recognition Scotland which is leading on the development of a national process for migrant skills recognition in Scotland.

She is supervisor and advisor for several PhD students and always interested to supervise MSc and PhD students researching aspects of racialised experiences which evidences the intersectional knowledge and expertise held by people and communities about their own lives.