Dr Charikleia Charoula Tzanakou


Co-Director of CDPRP and Reader in Human Resource Management

Oxford Brookes Business School


I am a Reader in HRM (with a focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), teaching along with working on national and European research projects on gender equality and diversity issues in organisations and society, transitions from education to employment and academic (im)mobilities.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • Research Coaching and Mentoring CAMP7006
  • Residential MBA

Research Methods for postgraduate students 


  • Supervising MA-MSc in HRM, MBA students
  • PhD supervision : Hannah Tornow (gender and diversity in the Oxfordshire innovation ecosystem)
  • Supervision: Ksenia Penchukova (completed)

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Hannah Isabelle Tornow Which contextual and individual factors shape gender inclusive innovation in the knowledge economy of Oxfordshire? Active


The overarching theme of my research rests upon inequalities in higher education and social justice with a particular focus on gender (in)equalities, mobility and transitions from education to employment (including transitions from doctoral training to academic careers and beyond). There are thus three research directions in my work (which are overlapping and you will see mentioned in my supporting statement): a) Gender equality, diversity and inclusion in organisations with a focus on gender in HE; b) Transitions from education to employment and social mobility c) Academic (im)mobilities and inequalities.

I am particularly interested in how intersectional inequalities are reproduced and disrupted in higher education, and explore this through analysing both micro-perspectives (access to opportunities, individuals’ educational experiences, career transitions, and perceptions) and macro-perspectives (international frameworks, national and institutional structures, policies and activities). I am also interested in how academic (im)mobilities contribute to (in)equalities; how transitions from education to employment are affected by gender, socio-economic background, historical and cultural contexts; and what the role of higher education is in disrupting (in)equalities and developing social justice.

Current Research Projects:

  • CASPER (EU H2020 funded) (2020-2022) (study on a feasibility of a Europe wide gender equality scheme)
  • RESISTIRE (EU H2020 funded) (2021-2023) (impact of COVID-19 on socio-economic and health inequalities)
  • UniSAFE (EU H2020 funded) (2021-2023) (gender based violence in European universities)
  • Virtual internships *(ESRC Digit Fund ) (2021-2022)

Completed Research Projects:

Centres and institutes


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Cross-Cultural Exploration of Parenthood Perceptions and Practices in Higher education (08/01/2024 - 31/12/2024), funded by: British Council, funding amount received by Brookes: £14,013
  • Virtually the same thing as in-person internships? Mapping the virtual internship landscape and exploring intern and employer experience in the UK and Italy (led by Strathclyde University) (01/09/2021 - 31/12/2023), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £5,681


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Higher Education Academy


Selected presentations:

  • Invited talk by Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg: Europeanisation of Athena SWAN, July 2021
  • Invited talk by Equality Committees Network of Greece: ‘PLOTINA : What can learn for developing Gender equality plans’, Nov 2020.
  • Invited Speaker on ACT project (H2020): Preliminary findings of CASPER feasibility study on a Europe wide gender equality scheme, (October 2020)
  • Invited speaker for the International Doctoral Education Research Network on Doctoral mobility and COVID, October 2020, organised by La Trobe university, Australia
  • Invited keynote speech for PG HRM Hub, Oxford Brookes Business School on equality and diversity, October 2019
  • Invited speaker about ‘Unintended consequences of gender equality actions’ ,   Loughborough University, June 2019
  • Invited Speaker on ‘Equality at Warwick: an opportunity to benefiting people’s lives?’, October 2018, University of Aston.
  • Invited Speaker on Work Life Balance, Mental Health and Well-Being Event, July 2018, Warwick.
  • Invited Speaker at EU Gender Summit, ‘Unanticipated consequences of gender equality programmes’, London 2018, UK.
  • Invited Speaker on ‘Dual career couples: a researcher’s perspective’ for European Project Euraxess: Top III The Researcher in Context, May 2018, Konstanz, Germany.
  • Keynote Speaker invited by RCUK to present project on the gender equality and the  Leaky pipeline (February 2015)
  • Keynote Speaker invited by ESRC to lead seminar on equality and diversity for ESRC staff (June 2015)


Consultancy opportunities on EDI are welcome

Further details

  • European Commission Expert, Evaluator of H2020 proposals and European Science Foundation reviewer (2018-19)
  • Member of the Gender policy Committee (European Association of Science Editors)- since September 2018)
  • Reviewer for Gender, Work and Organisation, Organisation, Higher Education, Journal of Gender Studies etc.