Kate Clayton-Hathway

PhD Researcher, School of Law and Research Assistant in the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice

Kate has been the Centre’s Research Assistant since May 2012. She is in the second year of her PhD research having enrolled in early 2013, working part-time on her research alongside her role in the Centre. Kate completed her MA Equality and Diversity with distinction at London Metropolitan University in 2009 having previously graduated with first-class honours BA in Social Change from Oxford Brookes in 2003.

Kate has a long-standing interest in equalities issues, and has worked as a specialist equality and diversity consultant and trainer conducting equality impact assessments, as well as designing and delivering equalities workshops and ‘dignity at work’ programmes for a range of public sector clients. 

Her main research interest is gender, and her PhD research project is a socio-legal study: “Paying ‘due regard’? The impact of the Public Sector Equality Duty on service provision for single mothers”. The fieldwork is being conducted in east Bristol, where Kate is carrying out a qualitative study to identify how the everyday lives of individuals are affected by the services provided by local authorities, and in turn how equalities legislation influences those services. Her supervisory team includes Professor Tina Miller, Professor Lucy Vickers and Professor Simonetta Manfredi. Working for the Centre has allowed Kate to organise and participate in a number of activities relating to her research. This includes organising a practitioner round-table exploring ways the Equality Duty works day-to-day; and working as part of a research team studying how the Duty affects careers in Higher Education. She has also contributed to blogs on the existing evidence to support the Duty [http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/plenty-of-evidence-to-support-the-public-sector-equality-duty/] and the need to work with service users and public authorities to assess its real impact [http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/the-need-for-hard-evidence-of-public-sector-equality-duty-outcomes/].

Prior to her degree studies, Kate worked for a number of years in finance-related organisational management. More recently, she has taught for the Open University, drawing on both her business background and later studies to tutor in management, and the socio-economic context surrounding personal finance.


Clayton-Hathway, K. (2013). The Public Sector Equality Duty - Empirical Evidence Base. Oxford: Oxford Brookes Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice.

Clayton-Hathway, K. (2013). The Public Sector Equality Duty - Analysis of Supporting Evidence. Oxford: Oxford Brookes Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice.

Poster for PhD project

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