Rowenna Davis


Rowenna Davis is a writer, teacher and community activist. She grew up in London where she got a lot of her politics from her multi-cultural state school in Cricklewood. She became a campaigning journalist, reporting on social inequalities. She moved into politics, standing for Labour as a Parliamentary Candidate before serving as a teacher in a secondary school like the one that first inspired her.

As a teenager, Rowenna actively campaigned against climate change and helped lead the youth movement against the Iraq war.

Wishing to learn more about politics and change, she went on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University where she began to report on social inequalities in the town. This inspired her to pursue journalism, and she worked for seven years reporting on social affairs for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Independent and others. She also became a regular commentator on BBC and Sky News. Her first book, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’, was published in 2011.

Rowenna served as a local councillor in Peckham during the London riots, and helped organise the community response in the wake of those attacks. Moved by this politics, she ran as a Parliamentary Candidate for Labour, leading community campaigns on the living wage for local university cleaners, playparks for children and protecting local NHS services.


When Labour lost the 2015 election, Rowenna wanted to return to more frontline work. She became a secondary school teacher and served for five years. She now lives with her husband in Croydon where they are expecting their first child. She continues to keep up her community activism, helping lead the local mutual aid movement to support neighbours throughout the pandemic.