Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre

Exploring contemporary issues linked to gender and diversity

Our intersectional and engaged approach pays attention to the conditions that support (or constrain) decent and productive work and the role of diversity in gender and diversity.

We focus on demographic workplace diversity and consider its impact on the workplace in terms of, for example, performance, productivity and well-being at work.  Added to this is expertise in human rights and discrimination law, which strengthens our impact and policy influence, particularly in the areas of discrimination at work.

We are named in honour of Manchester Art School alumni Sylvia Pankhurst and are supported by active feminist researcher Dr Helen Pankhurst   Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and we are honoured to have her as a visiting Professor to our centre.

Our members have particular expertise in the following areas:

Gender: We have an international reputation as a place of engaged feminist research in business and law.  Key themes include: Gender and Criminal Justice; Gender Identities and Sexuality; Gender in Leadership and Workplaces; and Gender and Enterprise. We are  also home to the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) initiative.

Sexuality: We have expertise in different forms of international pressure used to support and advocate for sexual orientation and gender identity rights in different legal and political arenas.

Age: We have a focus on the impacts on and of older workers, and particularly the intersection of age and gender in the workplace.

Class: Our research here focuses on the classed dynamics of, for example, the informal economy, business ownership, career progression and the role of entrepreneurship as a route for social mobility.

Caste: We have strong collaborative research connections with international communities where caste impacts on career opportunities and daily working life.

We have a developing focus on Black and and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leadership and workplace progression through the GROWL  initiative. We are also developing expertise on emerging aspects of diversity, such as its role in well-being-related variables such as stress and health.

2018 marks the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote. To celebrate this milestone the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre has organised a variety of events taking place throughout the year, which culminates with the unveiling of Manchester’s statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in December.

Visit the VOTE100 microsite for more details

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Research Group Leader

Dr. Sally Jones

Reader in Entrepreneurship and Gender Studies
Group Leader - Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre

Dr. Sally Jones leads the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre.

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