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Research interests

International Education

Interdisciplinarity: Education, Arts Based Methodologies, History, Sociology, Sport (cycling)

Decolonsing Curriculum Knowledge

Black-British culture and history 



Academic Awards:

2021 Research and Enterprise Excellence - University of Brighton

2019 Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award - University of Brighton.

2018 Rising Stars 'Research and Enterprise' Award - University of Brighton.


Recent and current international collaborations:

Principal Investigator - Consolidation, learning and evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda: A critical review of Changing the Story projects in Eastern Africa (Decolonsing Curriculum Knowledge). Arts Humanities Research Council, Global Challenges Research Fund. October 2019 to August 2021.

Principal Investigator - Examining Interpretations of Civil National Values made by Young People in Post-Conflict Settings (Kenya and Nepal) Arts Humanities Research Council, Global Challenges Research Fund, March 2019 to March 2020.

Principal Investigator/Creator - Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling (see www.antiracismcycling.com) Science in Sport, November 2020 to December 2021.


Knowledge exchange

My groundbreaking monograph Decolonising the History Curriculum: Eurocentrism in Primary School Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030579449#aboutAuthors has seen me requested to share my leadership, expertise and evidenced-based research work on Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge with many national and international authorities including:

The House of Commons - UK Parliament;

The Chartered College of Teaching;

The National Education Union;

The British Educational Research Association (BERA);

My leadership on Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge has been disseminated widely and internationally in publications such as Decolonising the Curriculum - Transnational Perspectives see https://cris.brighton.ac.uk/admin/files/11981971/MONCRIEFFE_2020_Special_issue_pages_BERA_Research_Intelligence_142.pdf.

I am presently co-editing Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: International Perspectives, Interdisciplinary Approaches, to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2022.

I am also a world leading expert on the history and lives of Black cycling champions. 

My original research work entitled Made in Britain: Uncovering the life-histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling has won wide international acclaim for its anti-racist messaging in support of diversity and inclusion in cycling. My research work has been exhibited in various famous venues across the UK. This has also featured in multiple publications and broadcasts on BBC Television, BBC Radio, Sky TV, Eurosport, ITV Tour de France, Australian and USA Radio. I work with and advise national and international organisations such as British Cycling and the 2023 World Cycling Championships Sports Advisory Group.

My forthcoming monograph is Desire*Discrimination*Determination: Black Champions in Cycling will be published in August 2021 by Rapha Editions, Blue Train Publishing

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhD and EdD doctoral candidates with an interest in advancing knowledge on the following themes:

Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge (Primary School, Secondary School, Higher Education)

Anti-Racism in Education;

Anti-Racism in Sport;

20c Black-British History;

Black athlete experiences in cycling.

Send your CV and a two page project proposal overview to M.L.Moncrieffe@brighton.ac.uk

Scholarly biography

Recent and forthcoming publications (2020 to current date):

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Desire*Discrimination*Determination: Black Champions in Cycling. London: Rapha Editions, Blue Train Publishing. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/drmoncrieffethebook/

Moncrieffe, M. L. & Mwangi, J. (Eds.) (forthcoming) Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: International Perspectives, Interdisciplinary Approaches. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Moncrieffe, M. L. (forthcoming) “And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter…”The Psychology of Education Review, Autumn 2021. British Psychological Society (BPS).

Moncrieffe, M. L., (2020Decolonising the History Curriculum: Eurocentrism in Primary School Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030579449#aboutAuthors

Moncrieffe, M. L. (Ed.) (2021Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality – Issue 4, May 2021. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351778603_Decolonising_the_Curriculum_Teaching_and_Learning_about_Race_Equality_Issue_4_May_2021

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Now the social media sports boycott is over, what's next for cycling? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 2nd May. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/socialmediasportsboycottisoverwhatnextforcycling/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) The Art of Racing: black professional cyclists together for a special reflective conversation. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 7th March. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/learning-from-black-professional-cyclists/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) How do we applaud anti-racist action in cycling beyond a sense of tokenistic superficiality? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 19th February. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/how-do-we-applaud-anti-racist-action-in-cycling-beyond-a-sense-of-tokenistic-superficiality/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Young Powerful Women in Cycling, Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 9th February. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/young-powerful-women/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) The Past, The Present and the Future Possibilities in Cycling. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 30th January. London: Science in Sport. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/the-past-the-present-the-possibilities/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) British schools must teach Black British history. The Big Issue, 19th January 2021. https://www.bigissue.com/opinion/black-history-schools-in-britain-must-teach-stories-of-our-people/

Moncrieffe, M. L., Stokes, L., Alexander, C. A., Nokes, C., Colburn, E., Crawley, A., Evans, C., Gibson, P., Johnson, K., McKinnell, C., Osborne, K., Bell, A-R., (2020) Oral Evidence: Black history and cultural diversity in the curriculum, HC 8793. Women and Equalities Committee and Petitions Committee. London: House of Commons, UK Parliament, 18th November 2020.  https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/1258/pdf/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Part 2. Raising the profile of Black-British excellence in cycling through anti-racist education and leadership. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 1st December. London: Science in Sport. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/part-2-leadership-raising-the-profile-of-black-excellence-in-cycling-through-anti-racist-education/ 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Part 1. Raising the profile of Black-British excellence in cycling through anti-racist education and leadership. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 30th November. London: Science in Sport. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/the-narrative-of-anti-racism-in-cycling/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Anti-Racism Force, or Anti-Racism Farce? What next for cycling? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling,  6th December. London: Science in Sport. https://www.antiracismcycling.com/force-or-farce/

Moncrieffe, M.L. (2020) 'How to support white British teachers in their thinking and teaching about Black-British histories'. London: The Conversation, 30th September. https://theconversation.com/how-to-support-white-british-trainee-teachers-in-their-thinking-and-teaching-about-black-british-histories-146948

Moncrieffe, M. L., & Harris, R. (2020) 'Repositioning Curriculum Teaching and Learning through Black-British history'. In Research Intelligence, Issue #144. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA). https://www.bera.ac.uk/publication/repositioning-curriculum-teaching-and-learning-through-black-british-history

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'When will Britain have a black rider in the Tour?' Pro cycling Magazine, October 2020. London: Pro cycling Magazine.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w7MyTOoIl_vwINu48U-Av8S32TgHMk39/view?usp=sharing

Moncrieffe, M. L., (2020) 'Tour de France 2020: professional cycling's history of anti-blackness'. London: The Conversation, 26th August. https://theconversation.com/tour-de-france-2020-facing-up-to-professional-cyclings-history-of-anti-blackness-142092

Moncrieffe, M.L., (Ed.) (2020Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race-Equality. Issue 3 - July 2020. Falmer: University of Brighton. https://cris.brighton.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/14207553/Decolonising_the_Curriculum_Issue_3_Teaching_and_Learning_about_Race_Equality_July_2020.pdf

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'Where are the black Britons in elite cycling?', The Telegraph, 28th June 2020. London: The Telegraph. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cycling/2020/06/28/black-britons-elite-cycling/

Moncrieffe, M. (2020) 'Reflections on the 'velodrome of whiteness' at the London Olympics', VeloNews, 25th June 2020. Colorado: VeloNews https://www.velonews.com/culture/commentary-reflections-on-the-velodrome-of-whiteness-at-the-london-olympics/

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) #BlackLivesMatter in Education, The BERA Blog, 11th June 2020. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA) https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/blacklivesmatter-in-education

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'British Cycling's Deep Breath', The Road Book Journal. https://www.theroadbook.co.uk/2020/06/04/dr-marlon-moncrieffe-blackbritishlivesmatterincycling/

Moncrieffe, M. L., (Ed.) with Harris, R., & Race, R. (2020Decolonising the Curriculum: Transnational Perspectives. Research Intelligence, Issue #142. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA).


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Reading

Master, University of Surrey

Bachelor, University of Surrey

External positions

2023 Cycling World Championships, Sports Advisory Group Member

British Educational Research Association (BERA), Council Member

Chartered College of Teaching, Fellow

Nottingham Trent University, External Examiner

British Cycling, Track Commission Member

Social Sciences, Journal Board, Topics Editor

Liverpool Hope University - External Examiner


  • L Education (General)
  • Black British History
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Education
  • Cycling
  • Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge
  • Anti-Racism


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