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The impact of organisational diversity and inclusion interventions on attitudes and behaviours

   Eleanor Glanville Centre

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  Prof Belinda Colston, Prof S McKay  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The research sector has been striving for fully inclusive environments in science- and engineering-related disciplines for over 30 years. Despite substantial investment, however, broad under-representation and inequalities are still widespread. Reasons for this are complex and often system-wide, but ultimately reflect deep-rooted cultures and attitudes in the workplace. To build a more inclusive research environment, we need a step-change in our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Our focus needs to shift towards long-term behavioural and culture change, and away from blunt staff statistics (e.g. numbers of female professors) and performance metrics.

As part of an EPSRC-funded project (ASPIRE), this PhD project will develop new methodologies to determine behaviour and culture change linked to the implementation of EDI initiatives at an organisational level. The research will be interdisciplinary and inter-institutional, and will involve working with both academic and non-academic partners.

Based within the Eleanor Glanville Centre (, the successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team developing an innovative web-based platform (ASPIRE) to accelerate meaningful changes in attitude and behaviour towards diversity, and facilitate inclusive research environments across the engineering and physical science disciplines.

For more information on the ASPIRE project, please visit

Funding Notes

The PhD is fully funded (3 years)

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (such as psychology, sociology, social policy) and a keen interest in EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion).