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How can we best enable LGBT+ people to thrive at work and in business?

   School of Management

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  Dr Luke Fletcher  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This research aims to extend and build upon the work carried out in the Strategy and Organisation Division on diversity and inclusion, specifically on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (as well as other non-heterosexual and non-cisgender) people in the workplace. Dr Luke Fletcher has been carrying out research on LGBT+ people at work and in business over the last few years and is looking to expand this work significantly, particularly areas related to: a) LGBT+ supportive practices and climates within the organisation; b) LGBT+ experiences of disclosure, authenticity, and psychological safety; c) the role of allies in the workplace and how microaggressions can be prevented, and d) LGBT+ wider employment, career, and entrepreneurial experiences, and how these can facilitate or thwart the meaningfulness of one’s work and life. However, these topics are suggested areas to focus on and we would welcome other topics of interest to prospective candidates. We would like to invite PhD applications that are seeking to extend theoretical/academic knowledge as well as intend to have a practical impact within the space of LGBT+ inclusion at work and in business. This can include disciplinary areas from human resource management, applied psychology, entrepreneurship, management and organisation studies, and leadership. Applications should include clearly articulated research questions, a well-grounded theoretical perspective, and a coherent research design and methodological approach. Whilst we encourage a wide range of underpinning philosophical and methodological approaches, it should be noted that Dr Fletcher is broadly within the post-positivist/critical realist space and generally conducts quantitative, field intervention, and mixed methods research. Critical/interpretivist research is welcome but would likely be primarily supervised by other colleagues in the division.

Funding Notes

Studentships cover ‘Home’ tuition fees, research/training costs and stipend (£15,609 p.a., 2021/22 rate) for up to 3/4 years. Limited full scholarships may be available for academically excellent Overseas applicants. Overseas applicants may also be considered for UK award, if able to provide evidence of ability to fund the fee difference.
Candidates normally eligible for 'Home' fees are:
UK nationals*
Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK
* must have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

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