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Conference Organisers:

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Seville, Spain
27 - 29 May 2024

Conference theme:

Gender Equality across the Gender Spectrum


Past Conferences - EOI 2008 Norwich

Equal Opportunity Internation Conference 1 - 3 July, 2008

Tuesday 1 July - Thursday 3 July 2008

University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Conference Organising Committee

The Conference is organised on behalf of the Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research Centre (DECERe) within the Norwich Business School (NBS) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Chair:   Professor Mustafa F. Özbilgin
Keynote speakers:   Professor Myrtle P. Bell
    Professor Geraldine Healy
Research Fellow:   Dr Ruth Bridgstock
Doctoral Symposium Chair:   Dr Jose Pascal da Rocha
Doctoral Symposium Co-Ordinator:   Joana Vassilopoulou

Conference Address:
Conference Organiser
Equal Opportunities International Conference
Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment (DECERe)
Norwich Business School 
University of East Anglia

Telephone: +44 (0) 1603 59 1673
Fax: +44 (0) 1603 593343

About the Conference

The inaugural Equal Opportunities International conference will be held from 1-3 July, 2008, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The conference will provide an international platform for exchange of knowledge across all strands of equality, diversity and inclusion at work. The first conference is organised by the research centre, Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research (DECERe). Subsequent conferences are likely to travel internationally.

The conference will have a total of 80 delegates and ten Streams, in which there will be approximately eight presentations each. In addition, there will be several high profile keynote speakers, a doctoral colloquium, and a number of professional development sessions.

Conference Venue

Students Nelson Court

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of East Anglia, which is located about three miles from the centre of the city of Norwich. The university is set in 320 acres of scenic parkland.

The conference will be held in the Elizabeth Fry building at the UEA campus. Accommodation will be provided as part of the conference fee. Breakfast and meals will be served on campus. We have arranged a City bus tour - Norwich by day - for the last day of the conference. The bus will take the guests, after the City Tour, to the Norwich airport and the train station.

The main conference dinner will take place at Norwich Cathedral. The restaurant 'The Refectory' is housed within a spectacular modern building adjacent to the cloisters. Its striking design has won numerous awards.


Programme Outline (Provisional)

Tuesday 1 July    
16:00-20:00   Registration, welcome function at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts including dinner
Wednesday 2 July    
8:00-9:00   Breakfast at Zest
9:00-10:15   Introduction to the conference
Keynote speech
10:15-10:30   Refreshment break
10:30-12:30   Parallel sessions 1
12:30-13:30   Lunch at Zest
13:30-15:30   Parallel sessions 2
15:30-15:45   Refreshment break
15:45-16:30   Stream chairs report back to the conference
19:00-   Conference Dinner at Norwich Cathedral
Thursday 3 July    
8:00-9:00   Breakfast at Zest
9:00-10:00   Keynote speech
10:00-10:15   Refreshment break
10:15-12:30   Professional development workshops
12:30-13:30   Buffet lunch
13:30-14:15   Plenary talks
14:30-17:00   City Tour - Norwich by day
17:00   Bus takes guests to the airport and the train station


The language of the conference will be English.

Conference Streams

There are ten conference streams. You may submit your paper directly to the chair of your chosen stream. Please click on the PDF file (42 kb) which outlines the thematic details and requirements for each stream in the conference. Stream chairs may have planned activities for publishing of the submitted papers as special issues in journals or in edited volumes. If you wish to be included in these activities, please query this with relevant stream chairs.

 Stream 1: Fear, Shame, Anger and Pride: Emotions, Diversity and In/ Equalities in Organisations

 Stream 2: Multiple Discrimination and Mapping Diversity

 Stream 3: Work and Career Experiences of Ethnic Minority Men and Women

 Stream 4: Unsettling inequalities in the public sector: managed professionals, consumerism and globalising knowledge economies

 Stream 5: Inequalities in Small Business and Enterprise

 Stream 6: Gender & Diversity in Organizations: Reflecting Theory - Using Methodology - Supporting Change

 Stream 7: Equal Opportunity legislation: how far have we come, and how far do we have to go?

 Stream 8: Gender Equality in Medicine: Issues of professionalism and exclusion

 Stream 9: Gender equality and career progression within Science, Engineering and Technology professions

 Stream 10: Motherhood & EO at work and the public domain: A cross-disciplinary examination into the polemic of parenthood

Call for Papers

Although the paper submission deadline has now passed, Chairs may still accept papers. Please do submit your paper through the electronic system and we will query its inclusion with the relevant Stream Chair.

Many thanks to all who submitted papers and abstracts. You can expect to hear from your Stream Chair regarding your submission by the 1st of May. If required, your paper corrections should be submitted to Stream Chairs by the 15th of May.The Stream 3 Chairs have prepared a call for papers document specifically for their Stream. Please refer to it when submitting for Stream 3.

Conceptual, methodological and empirical papers and structured abstracts relating to the conference theme and Stream guidelines are welcomed. Full papers should be between 5,000 to 8,000 words in length. Both full papers and abstracts should use the paper submission guidelines provided. Shorter or longer papers can be considered based on the discretion of the stream chairs.

Paper presentations at the conference will be a maximum of 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. However, several streams may adopt more interactive styles of presentation. Please check with the specific stream chairs requirements for your presentation. Data projectors will be available in each conference room.

You may also choose to send their papers to the stream chairs directly before the deadline. If you wish to seek an extension, please consult the stream chair.

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 presentations. 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.

Your papers should reflect your doctoral project on equality, diversity or inclusion at work. We encourage you to write papers which summarise your doctoral project in terms of: 1) key literature (main paradigms, conceptual frames, issues and theoretical arguments); 2) methodological; 3) preliminary findings and 4) the original contribution (expected or real) of the thesis. You are invited to forward an abstract of your paper of 250 to 300 words (excluding references) to Joana Vassilopoulou .

If selected, you will be invited to present your doctoral research, in a session lasting not longer than 20 minutes, including question and answers. Selected papers and abstracts will be presented in the conference web site. Doctoral colloquium participants will also be invited to join a web based group for continued communication.

Conference Fees

We are offering an early booking fee (up to 15 June 2008) with a discount of £200.

Please be aware all accommodation is normal university accommodation and rooms may not include televisions, telephones or room service. Special needs will be accommodated where possible.

We also offer a limited number of places on non-residential basis (without accommodation and breakfast). You may arrange your own accommodation in Norwich. However, we would like to note that the UEA is 20 minutes drive away from the Norwich City centre. The non-residential option comes at a reduced price.


Doctoral Bursaries
The Conference organisers are able to offer bursaries to a limited number of doctoral student delegates who need financial support. Applications to the bursary fund need to be made before May 15, 2008.

For more information about the bursary places please email Dr Ruth Bridgstock at


The cost of the conference for residents is ALL INCLUSIVE of the following: Bed, breakfast, lunch, evening meal, coffees, fruit and teas, attendance at all lectures, workshops and keynote addresses and car parking for the duration of the conference. The Conference Dinner is also included in the conference fee for all participants. 

It does not include the social programme, which needs to be paid for separately.

Up to 15 June 2008:
Full fee: £400
Doctoral Students: £300
After 15 June 2008:
Full fee: £600
Doctoral Students: £400

Non-residential places (limited)
(including lunch, evening meal but not breakfast) £300

Social programme: £15

Conference Registration

Please register by using the online registration form. You can pay by credit / debit card, bank transfer, or cheque. Alternatively, you can pay for your conference registration by calling the following number: 01603 592687. Please quote the conference name ‘Equal Opportunities International’ when making your payment via phone.

Cancellation Policy

If you register and then are unable to attend the conference the following refund rates will apply:

  • Registrations cancelled less than 13 weeks but more than 4 weeks prior to July 1 will be refunded 50% of fees.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 4 weeks but more than 2 weeks prior to July 1 will be refunded 25% of fees.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to July 1 will be refunded 0% of fees.


Please arrange your own travel and personal indemnity insurance.

The organisers will not be liable for accidents, theft and property damage, or for delays and/or modification of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

Visas and Travel

Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they require an entry visa for Britain. If so, they are advised to apply to the nearest British embassy or consulate well in advance of their travel.

Next Year

We are looking for an organiser for next year's conference. Please contact Mustafa Ozbilgin if you wish to take on the EOI conference next year or at a later future date.