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Social Justice

Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Our research explores how we can organise and manage our socioeconomic lives to proliferate fairness across society. 

We work with our students, businesses, government and society to tackle inequality and make a real impact on those we teach and the wider world.

Our researchers advise government on problem gambling, work with financial regulators and multi-national corporations on tackling and reporting modern slavery in the global supply chain, tackle gender inequalities in business and Higher Education, and increase business inclusion among under-represented groups.

The Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership

The Targeted-MPI project is dedicated to advancing gender equality in Business and Management Schools.

Discover how working with institutions across Europe is helping to shape practice and policies on national and international levels.

Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership

Gender Matters

Through projects such as Gender Matters - in collaboration with the Work Foundation and Diversity UK – and wider research, the Academy works to change policy, attitudes and behaviours around major workplace issues: the gender pay gap, the lack of women in the leadership pipeline, and the take-up of family-based policies.

Gender Matters

Professor Valerie Stead, Professor Claire Leitch and Dr Sophie Alkhaled discuss the importance of their work on gender equality issues in the workplace.

Women's entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship can be a vehicle for women’s socio-economic empowerment. The Academy critically examines how entrepreneurship can tackle the work inequalities women face. 

How do women utilise entrepreneurship as a platform for social change? Dr Sophie Alkhaled, a British-Syrian researcher who grew up in Saudi Arabia, outlines how entrepreneurship provides women with a legitimate space to engage in sustainable social and political change in Saudi Arabia. 

A better life for refugees

Researchers across the Management School have worked with refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, who are attempting to build new lives in a new country. They investigated the obstacles they face, and found out how life can be made better for them.

What did Dr Sophie Alkhaled and Professor Lucas Introna discover on their separate research projects about how refugees have made a home for themselves and created a sense of belonging in a new country?

Commercial Experiences of Disability

The Marketplace & I project allows people with a disability and their families to express how they experience the commercial world through the medium of art. Working with individuals, families, groups and organisations, the artworks allow them all to provide a real insight into their lives.

Take a look at some of the artwork from the Marketplace & I, and allow Dr Leighanne Higgins to guide you through her work.

The Marketplace and I

Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian organisations play a key role in providing aid and assistance for victims of conflicts and political crises. From Syria to Ukraine, Africa to Asia, being able to deliver the correct support is crucial.

Dr Nonhlanhla Dube explains how her work assesses what international aid organisations need to consider to help those in need.

The Economics of Pollution

Researchers in our Department of Economics study the effects of industrial activity on local populations. From the benefits and drawbacks of fossil fuel deposits being exploited in a region, to how the wealth of the surrounding population has an effect on pollution levels.

Discover more about the environmental justice research of Professor Dakshina De Silva, Dr Anita Schiller and their colleagues investigating how polluting firms locate in areas with low income and education levels.

The varying economic effects of Higher Education

Not all degrees are equal when it comes to earnings in the labour market. Professor Ian Walker and his colleagues have researched the variation in graduate earnings for more than a decade. The work takes in all graduates and allows comparisons across subjects and institutions. New research strands are looking at the effects of degree class on future earnings and at the effects of graduate status on measures of wellbeing. Read more in his blog: The varying economic effects of Higher Education.

Professor Ian Walker talks us through how his work on the financial benefits of university education for graduates has influenced UK government policy.

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