Project team

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Core project team

Professor Linda King

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships

Professor Linda King is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) and the Project Primary Investigator. She has led two successful Athena Swan Bronze Institutional applications and a Faculty Silver award; she leads on Athena Swan for OBU. She played an integral role in the establishment of Oxford Expression Technologies (OET), trading initially under Oxford Brookes Enterprises Ltd from 1997, and was co-founder of spinout OET Ltd in 2007.

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Professor Simonetta Manfredi

Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Oxford Brookes Business School

Professor Simonetta Manfredi is Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange (ADRKE) at Oxford Brookes Business School. Her area of research expertise is on equality and diversity issues in the workplace with a focus on applied diversity policy research in Higher Education (HE). She has led a number of studies and knowledge exchange initiatives funded by Equality Challenge Unit, HEFCE, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the European Social Fund on women’s career and participation in leadership roles in HE. In 2009, she led a study on the implementation of equality guidance in RAE 2008 and the recommendations from this work underpinned HEFCE equality guidance for REF 2014.

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Professor Helen Byrne

Director of Equality and Diversity, Mathematical and Physical Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford

Professor Helen Byrne is an applied mathematician whose research focuses on the development and analysis of mathematical models of biomedical systems. She is Director of Equality and Diversity at the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.

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Dr Anne Laure Humbert

Director, Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes Business School

Dr Anne Laure Humbert, PhD, is a Reader in Gender and Diversity and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Anne is very experienced in gender equality research at national and EU level, policy analysis and assessment, as well as gender statistics. She specialises in applying advanced quantitative methods to comparative social and economic analysis, particularly in relation to work and organisations, entrepreneurship, and work-life balance. Relevant work to this project includes several publications on gender and entrepreneurship as well as women’s representation in STEM.

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Dr Louise Grisoni

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes Business School

Dr Louise Grisoni is a Senior Research Fellow with over 30 years’ experience in Higher Education. Formerly she worked as Head of Department and ADRKE. Her current research focus is on equality and gender, gendered relationships, women’s career and work-life balance. She is widely published in this area.

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Dr Charoula Tzanakou

VC Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes Business School

Dr Charoula Tzanakou holds a PhD in Employment Research (with focus on early career paths of researchers) from the University of Warwick. Her research interests are academic careers, highly skilled migration, gender equality and transitions from education to employment. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Charoula is also co-leading a work package on careers and culture change on a Horizon 2020 project around gender equality in academia (PLOTINA).

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Dr Heather Griffiths

Research Assistant

Heather Griffiths joined the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice as a Research Assistant after completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her ESRC-funded doctorate explored how gender is embedded in flexible working practices, paying particular attention to the ways time and work are negotiated between employees. Heather’s research interests are around gender and work, work-life balance and feminist organisational theory, and she is keen to extend these interests to include feminist theories on time, to critique the rhythms and routines of everyday life.

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Alexis Still

Research Assistant

Alexis Still joined the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice in September 2019 as a Research Assistant for the Women and Spinouts project. After completing her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2018, she worked in communications at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). She has a particular interest in cultural constructions of gender, migration, social justice and mental health.

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Research partners

Alison Mitchell

Consultant and Executive Coach

Alison Mitchell is an internationally recognised consultant and executive coach working with senior executives, funders and research leaders in organisational capacity building, systems change and talent development, specialising in equality, diversity and inclusion in research cultures. Alison has undertaken research into entrepreneurial behaviours of researchers, and led a nationwide campaign highlighting researchers as entrepreneurs. Alison has worked at senior level with a wide spectrum of education, business, funders and government agencies, maintaining a strong commitment to enhancing opportunities for all. As Director of Development for Vitae, Alison led large scale national programmes for UK Research Councils and Funders to embed researcher development across UK universities and position the UK as world leading in progressive professional development for researchers. Focusing on global challenges, Alison facilitated capacity building in Africa, Australasia, South East Asia, North America and Europe. In addition to consultancy, Alison is Director of Inclusive Development at University of Lincoln with a special interest in inclusive research leadership.

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Norma Jarboe

Founding Director, Women Count

Norma Jarboe has extensive experience in women’s development and diversity and has worked at senior levels in public/private partnerships, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector. She was previously Director of Opportunity Now (1999-2008), the UK’s leading employer network to advance women in the workplace. Norma is the founder and director of WomenCount which benchmarks the participation of women in leadership roles in Higher Education. She is also past Chair and Trustee of the Women’s Equality Network Wales which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.

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Benedetta Magri

Manager of the International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality Programme at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO)

Benedetta Magri has worked for ITCILO as an expert in training and capacity building for gender equality and non-discrimination in the world of work for some 25 years. She has managed many large-scale capacity building projects - at international and EU level - and authored toolkits and training materials on this topic. She has extensive experience in gender mainstreaming and in participatory gender audit methodologies, as tools for change and gender action planning at organisational level, including in higher research institutions. More recently, she has been particularly active in programmes aiming to prevent and address gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.

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