Conference Organisers:

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22 - 24 June 2016

Conference theme:

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights in Times of Austerity


9th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference Nicosia, Cyprus.


Indicative framework for the processing of papers by stream chairs

Submissions to the conference can be in the form of long abstracts (5 pages minimum: length to be specified by stream and workshop chairs) and full papers by the deadline of March 15, 2016.


All submissions will be subjected to peer review organized by stream chairs with two referees for each paper. Deadline for reviews: April 15, 2016 (acceptance/rejection).


Best paper nominations and submission of best papers to the relevant associated journal (as agreed by submitter): 

May 18, 2016.


The review process of the best papers by partner journals remains under the complete supervision of the respective journals’ chief-editors and is independent from the conference dates.


The review process of the best papers by partner journals remains under the total supervision of the respective journal chief-editors and independent from the conference dates.

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Call for Stream and Workshop Proposals

Deadline for the submission of streams:

January 31, 2016 



Conference Theme

 Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights in Times of Austerity



The EDI Conference welcomes a wide range of streams and workshops about the complex relationship between equality, diversity and inclusion from different theoretical, empirical and methodological angles as well as across various trans/inter/national and disciplinary contexts. In 2016, we wish to draw particular attention to human rights which seem to be under attack by a plethora of governments worldwide, under the guise of financial austerity measures. While a dominant economic and political discourse propagates austerity as a panacea for states, organizations and families, the “price” of inequality is rarely addressed, while the ideological underpinnings and repercussions of dangerous budget cuts are inadequately studied. In addition, austerity is left unconnected to other crises, such as the refugee crisis or the recent terrorist attacks, even if these financial measures lay the groundwork for dismantling past achievements in the field of equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. Governments appear to be increasingly sceptical on launching and supporting open borders policies, whereas the rise of Europe’s far-right voices threatens the Union’s fundamental value of democracy. In such times, various questions arise: how are equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues dealt with during times of crisis and austerity; how does global economic austerity affect employees’ lives; are human rights at risk; what is the role of equality, diversity and inclusion policies amidst financial crises? Simultaneously, alternatives forms of organizing and oppositional voices to austerity are rising “on the ground” and trying to gain momentum, visibility and legitimacy.


Of course the list of questions can never be exhaustive and the focus on human rights is meant to spark discussion rather than to pose limits for stream themes and approaches. Stream and workshop proposals are, thus, invited both under the theme of the conference as well as outside the specific theme, within the broad remit of the EDI conference.

Streams are designed in a traditional academic format, whereas workshops are more open to unconventional and informal procedures.



Partnerships and publication partnerships of EDI 2016 University of Cyprus conference:

Associated to this conference hosted this year by the University of Cyprus are: EURAM Business & Society Special Interest Group and Publishing Partners: Cross-Cultural Management: an International Journal; Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: an International Journal; and European Management Review.


Pre-selected best papers of the conference will be submitted to these journals, which will process them according to their usual standards.


Stream organizers are also advised that the book series Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work (Book series by Emerald) headed by Professor Mustafa Özbilgin is associated to the conference and relevant stream proposals will be eligible for this book series subject to acceptance decision by professor Özbilgin who will attend the conference.


Deadlines for stream and workshop proposals

Stream and workshop proposals should be sent to Dr. Andri Georgiadou (contact: no later than January 31, 2016. Decisions regarding streams/workshops and launch of call for papers: February 15, 2016; the call for papers will be circulated thereafter.




Doctoral Colloquium

If you are a doctoral student, who is currently working on a thesis on any aspect of equality, diversity and inclusion at work, this is a good place for your presentation. The purpose of the doctoral colloquium is to encourage doctoral students to present their work in a constructive environment and share their experiences of doing research in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion at work. The colloquium will be open to students at any level of study. The sessions will be open to all participants of the conference and plenty of feedback will be provided.

The papers should reflect your doctoral projects. We would encourage you to write papers which summarise your doctoral project in terms of: 1) key literature (main paradigms, conceptual frames, issues and theoretical argument); 2) methodological; 3) preliminary findings and 4) the original contribution (expected or real) of the thesis.

The doctoral colloquium is under the supervision of Dr Joana Vassilopoulou. You are invited to forward an abstract of your paper of 250 to 300 words (excluding references) to no later than March 15, 2016.

If selected, you will be invited to present your doctoral research, in a session lasting not longer than 20 minutes, including questions and answers. Selected papers and abstracts will be presented in the conference web site.