Has COVID-19 set gender equality back decades? Not in the workplace

By Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project Put simply, COVID-19 has created an opportunity to rethink work, to normalise flexible working and fathers caring, breaking down many of the barriers men and particularly fathers have faced in the past Over the past decade a key question in the … Continue reading “Has COVID-19 set gender equality back decades? Not in the workplace”

Cultural Reforms for Peace: The Crucial Role of Accommodating Diversity

By Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham), Dr Ilaria Masiero (University of Geneva), Genevieve Kotarska (Royal United Services Institute) Our findings challenge existing ideas that encourage integrationist approaches to post-conflict cultural policies. In our study, accommodationist reforms were significantly correlated with lower levels of post-agreement violence Tomorrow’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and … Continue reading “Cultural Reforms for Peace: The Crucial Role of Accommodating Diversity”

System change, levelling-up, and courageous policy objectives

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The current economic strategy is based on economic growth, but levelling-up involving system change must be driven by an emphasis on ‘responsible inclusive prosperity’. Levelling-up is one of the current political mantras focussing on reducing inequalities and encouraging the emergence of a … Continue reading “System change, levelling-up, and courageous policy objectives”

Getting on online

By Jiaming Li (PhD Management), Dr Edward Granter, Dr Andy Hodder University of Birmingham  Thus, content creators are autonomous and independent, yet fight against the surveillance and regulations of platforms. With working from home becoming the ‘new normal’, the Covid-19 pandemic led to increasing recognition of social media as a form of employment and entrepreneurship. … Continue reading “Getting on online”

The ‘wicked problem’ behind P&O Ferries sackings

By Professor Tony Dobbins, Professor of Work and Employment Relations President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association All too often, the rules of the game of corporate governance, as currently configured, reward irresponsible business The decision by P&O Ferries to sack 800 workers without notice and replace them with low-cost agency crew has attracted … Continue reading “The ‘wicked problem’ behind P&O Ferries sackings”

A statement with a spring?

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The Chancellor must balance a long-term approach with short-term needs. This is all about acting with responsibility and developing solutions for immediate problems but framed within investments intended to support a better future. We are all living in extremely challenging times. The … Continue reading “A statement with a spring?”

How can father inclusivity help drive gender equality in the workplace?

By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project As the country moved towards mass homeworking, dads were at home with their children for the whole working week, often for the first time. Dads began taking on more caring responsibilities (even if mothers were still doing more). Increasingly, questions are … Continue reading “How can father inclusivity help drive gender equality in the workplace?”

Banks need to be more responsible: the impact of branch closures

By Dr Emma Gardner and Dr Amir Qamar Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham Given that the number of cash points has also decreased – resulting in just under 53,000 ATMs in the UK in 2021, over 12,000 of which charge for transactions – this has important implications for the viability of the cash system. … Continue reading “Banks need to be more responsible: the impact of branch closures”

Increasing the representation of minority ethnic women in management and leadership

By Dr Etlyn Kenny Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham While white women face a glass ceiling, many minority ethnic women face a concrete ceiling – their route to leadership is more opaque and much more difficult to crack. Much attention and focus has gone into increasing the number of women in top jobs, with … Continue reading “Increasing the representation of minority ethnic women in management and leadership”

bell hooks: intersectionality and influence

By Dr Julie Whiteman Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham By giving me an awareness of the multiplicity of sexisms women face and the ways that race intersects with gender and sexuality to create complex discriminations, bell hooks introduced me to intersectional feminism This International Women’s Day, I would like to reflect on an inspirational … Continue reading “bell hooks: intersectionality and influence”