The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice was established in 2004 as an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional centre which specialises in research and knowledge transfer in the area of equality and diversity management in the workplace.

Its activities focus on:

  • Interdisciplinary research linking legal and human resource management perspectives;
  • Applied research which brings together academics and practitioners to take an evidence-based approach to developing policy best practice in managing workplace equalities;
  • Fostering policy and research relationships with policy makers, trade unions, other agencies, and academic institutions to facilitate debate and discussion;
  • Consultancy and knowledge transfer to assist organisations to develop and implement equality programmes.

Book of the year 2013 award Managing Equality and Diversity : Theory and Practice book cover

Professor Simonetta Manfredi’s book on Equality and Diversity Management: Theory and Practice, co-authored with Dr Savita Kumra and published by Oxford University Press in 2012 won the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Management Book of the year 2013 award in the Management and Leadership Textbook category. Read more


Events and news

Public Sector Equality Duty - see our meta-study (PDF 543KB) analysis (PDF 446KB) of evidence for the duty, and our latest Oxford Human Rights Hub blogs on the evidence supporting the PSED, and the need for 'hard evidence' to support the duty going forward.

The Centre is undertaking a new project with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, investigating the career trajectory of alumni who have undertaken the Top Management Programme (TMP). More information is available here



Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane
Tel: +44 (0)1865 485796

Professor Simonetta Manfredi

Assistant Director
Professor Lucy Vickers

Research Assistant
Kate Clayton-Hathway

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