Kuba is a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Exeter with a focus on citizenship, participation, rights, and spatial justice. He also works as a community researcher and research manager, most recently leading an evaluation of the BAME community sector in Bristol, conducted by the Black South-West Network. He led Up Our Street’s community research team working on the Wellbeing Report, and continues to contribute to Up Our Street research as an associate. Occasionally, he also facilitates Up Out Street events.
Zakiya is our Associate Lead Researcher and is a PhD student at the University of Exeter interested in the voice of Caribbean people in the written and spoken word. As a teenager, she wrote for the Jamaica Observer‘s youth-focused supplement and went on to intern at VP Records in New York. She has worked as a journalist in Johannesburg, a newswriter in New Kingston and a Caribbean TV show’s producer in the Bronx. In 2017, she completed a Master of Research degree in Environment, Energy and Resilience from the University of Bristol looking at the social and economic implications of petroleum off Guyana’s shore. Zakiya is a volunteer producer at Ujima 98FM Bristol and host of The Griot Sound. She is also an Ujima Radio Green and Black Ambassador encouraging a better natural and built environment for people from all background. Zakiya has worked with Up Our Street since 2015 when she was part of our Wellbeing Project research team. She led our research for SETsquared and University of Bristol Widening Participation and continues to work with us on a project basis.