Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice

About us

Established in 2004, the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice specialises in inter-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange on gender, diversity and inclusion in organisations, the economy and society. Its work spans gender and diversity issues in the workplace, diversity and organisational change, work-life balance, age discrimination and extending working lives, LGBT, religion or belief, social mobility and human rights.
The Centre’s research holds great relevance to both local and national communities. Through various national and European projects, the Centre helps practitioners and policymakers to take an evidence-based approach to develop policies and practices on equality and diversity. The Centre aims to create a virtuous circle between research, knowledge exchange and impact.
The Centre is also involved in consultancy work, informings and helps tochange of sectoral and organisational policies and practices beyond academia. These interventions influence the way policies are developed and enacted within the workplace to create inclusive and fulfilling workplaces. Through consultancy activities, the Centre’s researchers act as independent partners, providing insight and advice based on research-based experience and knowledge to help organisations to develop their gender and diversity strategies and mitigate relevant potential risks

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Research impact

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The Centre brings together academic and management expertise from the University's Faculty of Business, School of Law and Social Sciences, and the Directorate of Human Resources. Its main activities include: interdisciplinary research linking legal and management perspectives to inform equality policies and practices in the workplace and around; events to facilitate debate and discussion on equality and diversity issues between academics, policy-makers, trade unions, senior managers and equality specialists; consultancy and knowledge exchange to assist organisations in developing and implementing equality programmes.

The impact of the Centre's research helps practitioners and policy-makers to take an evidence-based approach to develop policies and practices on equality and diversity. The Centre aims to create a virtuous circle between research, knowledge exchange and impact.

Leadership

Anne Laure Humbert

Professor Anne Laure Humbert

Professor

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Charikleia Charoula Tzanakou

Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou

Co-Director of CDPRP and Reader in Human Resource Management

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Membership

Staff

Name Role Email
Dr Sola Adesola Senior Lecturer in Business and Management sadesola@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Sylwia Ciuk Reader in Organisation Studies sciuk@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Birgit den Outer Senior Lecturer b.den-outer@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Catherine Dilnot Senior Lecturer cdilnot@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Karen Handley Reader in Work & Organisation khandley@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Audrey Harroche Lecturer in Leadership and HRM aharroche@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Cal Horton Research Fellow chorton@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Beldina Owalla Senior Lecturer in Business and Management bowalla@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Nick Rumens Professor in Business and Management nrumens@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Lucy Vickers Director of Research lrvickers@brookes.ac.uk

Students

Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Hannah Isabelle Tornow Which contextual and individual factors shape gender inclusive innovation in the knowledge economy of Oxfordshire? Professor Anne Laure Humbert, Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou

Active

Collaborators

Name Role Organisation
Dr Kate Clayton-Hathway Research Fellow Independent researcher and evaluator, specialising in intersectional gender, equality and diversity

Projects

Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

UK-Brazil Gender Equality Partnerships

Dr Cal Horton British Council From: October 2021
Until: October 2022

CASPER

Professor Anne Laure Humbert Horizon 2020 From: January 2020
Until: March 2022

Violence Regimes

Dr Cal Horton Swedish Research Council From: March 2018
Until: June 2020

UniSAFE

Professor Anne Laure Humbert From: February 2021
Until: January 2024

Digital Social Economy: Platform Cooperatives & Inclusive Work Futures

The project responds to the call for more research on the transformative role of (digital) social economy and how it can contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at EU and global level. It aims to explore the transformative potential of platform cooperatives, with a particular focus on their role in instituting inclusive, sustainable, and responsible modes of organising and democratic work futures. The study also aims to initiate a network of platform cooperatives which are operating in the UK and explore the challenges and the opportunities they encounter in co-producing alternatives to the gig economy and platform capitalism. Funder: Oxford Brookes University,  Research Excellence Awards 2022-23 (Total: £10,000).

OBU Research Excellence Award From: November 2022
Until: December 2023

Completed projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Exploring women participation in Nigerian Universities

Dr Sola Adesola British Academy From: April 2020
Until: September 2022

COMBAT Human Trafficking

Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou European Commission From: September 2014
Until: October 2016

GEARING-Roles

Professor Anne Laure Humbert Horizon 2020 From: January 2019
Until: December 2022

Gender and Nursing as a Profession

Professor Anne Laure Humbert RCN From: January 2019
Until: December 2019

Gender Diversity Impact

Professor Anne Laure Humbert Horizon 2020 From: March 2018
Until: September 2018

Women’s Representation and Diversity in the Horseracing Industry

Dr Kate Clayton-Hathway The Racing Foundation, Kindred From: May 2016
Until: April 2021

Virtually the same thing as in-person internships?

Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou ESRC From: September 2021
Until: August 2023

RESISTIRE

Dr Charikleia (Charoula) Tzanakou European Commission From: April 2021
Until: September 2023

Consultancy

Our research informs and helps to change policy and practice and shape debates in key areas including gender, diversity, work-life balance and age discrimination. Our interventions influence the way senior managers develop policies to manage their workforce, and shape legal thinking.

We provide consultancy services where we can act as independent partners, providing insight and advice based on our broad research-based experience and knowledge to help organisations to develop their gender and diversity strategies and manage potential risks related to gender and diversity issues.

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