Researching equality policies
AMBS has been awarded a major grant looking at equality policies and regulation.
The three-year £566,000 project, entitled ‘The Politics of Equality: The Evolving Nature of Equality Agendas at Work in the UK and Europe in a Context of Political Uncertainty’ is financed by the ESRC.
It also involves partners at the Grenoble Ecole de Managment.
The project will look at the UK in comparison with France, the Netherlands and Spain, countries that are seen as having engaged – albeit in different ways – with expanding equality at work for a diverse range of workers across different dimensions. The project will also involve meetings with EU organisations.
Dr. Marino, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, said: “The research builds further on the tradition of comparative international research developed within the WEI as an approach to better understand social phenomena and build informed policy advice.
“It provides an opportunity to explore how nations measure against, reflect on, learn from, and share with others their experiences and policies in relation to employment issues.”
It provides an opportunity to explore how nations measure against, reflect on, learn from, and share with others their experiences and policies in relation to employment issues.
Miguel Martinez Lucio, Professor of International HRM and Comparative Industrial Relations, said the research study was particularly timely given the heightened awareness of gender and race issues in both the workplace and wider society.
“In recent years we have seen increased debate around the language and politics of equality, and in some contexts the enforcement of equality legislation is proving to be challenging. One of the key aims of this project will be to outline the main challenges that have arisen due to a range of political, economic, and social factors, and to identify how these are influencing the nature of equality strategies and the substantial progress that has been made.”