Munira Mizra is responsible for advising the Mayor on his strategy for Arts and Culture in the Capital with a key focus on the Cultural Olympiad and 2012, arts and music education for young people, supporting London’s cultural sector through the recession, raising the profile of outer borough organisations, and ensuring greater access to culture for Londoners of all backgrounds.
She has a background in policy research, and has written and lectured on issues related to cultural policy, race and identity. She has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange and Tate and has taught at the University of Kent and University of East London. In 2009 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent, examining developments in UK cultural policy and multiculturalism.
Munira has presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4, including, ‘The Business of Race’ and ‘Fighting Chance’. She edited the book ‘Culture Vultures: Is UK arts policy damaging the arts?’ and was the co-author of the report ‘Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism’. In 2006 she was a founding member of the Manifesto Club, an organisation that campaigns against over-regulation of everyday life.
Munira is a member of Arts Council England, London Regional Council, MLA London, and the Renaissance London Board.