Social solidarity, equality, diversity and inclusion.
Invited Keynote Speakers
Anne-marie Greene is currently Reader in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Her research area can be summarized as an equality and diversity perspective on industrial relations. One area of concern has been the position and role of joint regulation of equality and diversity issues at workplace level. Publications in this area present a critical position on the theory and practice of diversity management, the innovation of which derives from the voicing of often unheard stakeholders, namely trade unions and non-managerial employees, in particular women and minority ethnic employees. She is co-author (with Gill Kirton of The Dynamics of Managing Diversity (3rd edition 2010, Elsevier) and Diversity Management in the UK (2009, Routledge). Another area concerns the nature and location of trade union activism. Research and publications here have looked at positive action initiatives within trade unions, and the implications of new ICTs for internal democratic processes and the participation of under-represented groups. Finally her research has explored the interaction of family, community, life and work. This has included the study of the impact of the industrial craft community on work gender relations and trade union activism (Voices from the Shopfloor: Dramas of the Employment Relationship, 2001, Ashgate). Her most recent research explores the industrial relations context of clergy women in the UK. Anne-marie is a Research Scholar of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM), an executive member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and co-convenor of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Gender and IR Study Group. She has held editorial board roles for Gender, Work and Organization, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Industrial Relations Journal. Anne-marie is a committed trade union activist and has held both local and national positions within the University and College Union (UCU).
Gill Kirton is Professor of Employment Relations and HRM at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. She is a widely published British researcher in the field of employment relations/organizational equality and diversity. One strand of her research has investigated stakeholder perspectives, particularly those of unions, on the development and implementation of diversity management in UK organizations. She is co-author (with Anne-marie Greene of The Dynamics of Managing Diversity (3rd edition 2010, Elsevier) and Diversity Management in the UK (2009, Routledge). Another strand of her research has explored unions’ gender and race equality strategies in the context of union decline and the revitalization project. Her most recent project is a comparative investigation of women’s leadership in American and British unions working with colleagues at Cornell and Rutgers universities. Gill Kirton has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and five books. She sits on the editorial boards of two major journals in her field: Gender, Work and Organization and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She convenes (with Anne-marie Greene) the Gender and Industrial Relations Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association – the group works to increase the visibility of women in industrial relations research. Prior to entering academic work, Gill worked as a trade union tutor and employment policy adviser to public and voluntary sector organizations.
Judith K. Pringle is Professor of Organisation Studies, co-ordinator of Gender and Diversity research group at Auckland University of Technology. She is also adjunct professor at Centre for Work and Wellbeing, Griffith University Australia. Her research has focused on women’s experiences in organizations, workplace diversity, intersections of social identities (gender/ethnicity/sexuality/age), bi-cultural research teams and reframing career theory. She is co-investigator of Marsden funded project ‘Glamour and Grind: New Creative Workers’ investigating the construction of workers’ career identities in the film industry. Recently funded projects with colleagues in the G&D research group include ‘gender in the emerging industries’, ‘gender equity at AUT’, ‘heteronormativity at work’, and ‘girls’ career choices over 30 years’. Judith is on the editorial board of British Journal of Management and was co-editor of the Sage Handbook for Workplace Diversity (2006). She has published numerous book chapters, and in scholarly journals such as British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, International Journal of HRM, Women in Management Review, Career Development International, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource, Women’s Studies Journal.