However in September 2020 I was approached by Emeka Forbes to have the JGR group members to participate in a study he was conducting. Emeka who was studying at the University of London was researching culture and identity in the Caribbean diaspora. He was born in the UK, the grandson of Jamaican migrants who left the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s. Through his own research into ancestry, Emeka has found family connections spanning Jamaica, the US, Canada, Ireland and more. As part of a research project supervised by renowned social and cultural geographer Dr Olivia Sheringham, Emeka was currently exploring how members of the Caribbean diaspora use digital media and technology to develop ideas about personal, collective and national identity — with a focus on collaborative peer research into ancestry.
In January Emeka presented his study to the group. You can listen to the podcast here: and read the full research behind this episode here.