Rob Berkeley is an award-winning writer and movement-builder, academic researcher and social reformer. Rob currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability and audience engagement. Impatient with injustice and exasperated by wasted potential, he volunteers on the boards of Baring Foundation, Doc Society, and the Collaborate Foundation, has previously served on the boards of LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the Equality and Diversity Forum and the Oxford Access Scheme, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL) and BGMAG. He was Director of the racial justice think-tank Runnymede Trust 2009-14, and now leads the editorial team of community journalism platform, BlkOutUK.com.
Working in strategy at the BBC enabled him to deliver strategic interventions to support change in policy and practice on citizen accountability, digital democracy, and the digital divide. His current interests lie in broadcasting and arts, disrupting power dynamics, capitalising on the potential of communications technologies for promoting justice and good governance, and building new coalitions for change.
Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organising, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, lectured across the UK and beyond, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on social justice and movement-building. Dr. Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.