& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

More on this event

This eConference was hosted by the Commission for Racial Equality, and took place between 4-6 September 2007.

It aimed to take a closer look at issues relating to Britain's mixed-race population (mixedness) and mixed families (mixing).

We organised the eConference in partnership with the Runnymede Trust, London South Bank University's Families and Social Capital Research Group, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Why focus on the mixed-race group?

This group is one of the most diverse and least well understood in Britain. There are many vital questions that need answering, for example:

  • Given that this group is so diverse, can we really talk of a 'mixed-race population', or a mixed-race 'group' or 'community' at all?
  • Have attitudes to mixed-race couples, people and families changed in Britain?
  • Do mixed-race groups get overlooked when policies attampt to engage ethnic minorities?
  • Does inequality take specific forms for mixed-race people, and, if so, this is the same across all mixed-race groups?
  • Do mixed-race families have to cope with different issues that families from the same racial backgrounds? Can mixed race people be treated as a single group by policymakers?

Find out more about the format of the event, and the programme for the three days.


Main aims of this event

Through this eConference, we hoped to provide a forum to bring together the broadest variety of perspectives on this topic to date. We wanted to identify and discuss key issues related to mixed race/ethnicity experience, research, practice and policy.

Specifically, we wanted to begin to:

  • consider how we do and can think about mixedness and mixing;
  • identify the extent of, and gaps in, our empirical knowledge, and
  • point to ways forward in the development of services and policies.


Who was involved?

You can read here, biographies of some of the key people involved in this conference.



Download a report evaluating the e-conference showing how man people participated in the event, who they were and what what they thought of it (pdf 1.72 MB).