Professor Hazel Conley

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About me

I am  Professor of Human Resource Management in the Faculty of Business and Law.  I joined UWE in 2015 from Queen Mary University of London.   I have extensive experience of journal editorial board membership, sitting on the boards of Gender Work and Organization, Equality and Diversity International and Work, Employment and Society (2009-15).   I am a member of the British and European Sociological Associations.  I was Chair of the European Sociological Association Research Network on ‘Gender Relations, Labour Markets and the Welfare State (RN14) (2013-19).  I was elected to Faculty Board in 2020. I am Chair of the Professoriate and Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

Area of expertise

Much of my work has focused on the State as employer and legislator.  Most recently it has centred more directly on discrimination and inequality in the workplace, particularly in relation to the development and effectiveness of legal interventions.  In relation to this, I published a book in 2014 (with Dr. Margaret Page) Gender Equality in Public Services; Chasing the Dream, Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society. I co-edited  The Handbook of Discrimination at Work published by Gower in 2011 and The Gender Pay Gap and Social Partnership in Europe published by Routledge in 2019.   I have undertaken critical research on the concepts of multiple discrimination and intersectionality, focussing recently on the impact of economic crisis, austerity, 'Brexit' and the Covid 19 pandemic.  

Research Grants and Awards:

Buying Social Justice” Through Procurement: An Examination Of The Use Of Public Procurement For Advancing Employment Equality In UK Construction  with Queen Mary University of London and University of South Wales funded by the ESRC £493,000

‘Gender Equalities at Work: an Interdisciplinary History of 50 years of Legislation’ with University of Edinburgh and University College London. Funded by the AHRC £890,000 Jan 2021

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland "A Review of Action Plans developed by public authorities in relation to their statutory equality and good relations duties" £17,525

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland “A review of available information on the use of impact assessment in public policy formulation and in contributing to the fulfilment of statutory duties” Completed March 2016 £5,000

'Close the Deal Fill the Gap' EU Progress funds action grant JUST/2013/PROG/AG/GE [Support for Civil society and other stakeholders aiming at promoting equality between men and women] on the Gender Pay Gap. The project is a three country study with Italy, the UK (Conley, PI) and Poland. €321,085 December 2014

Developing a Framework for Equality Bargaining in the Rail Sector Principal Investigator (with Professor Sian Moore, UWE  and Dr. Tessa Wright, Queen Mary University of London). Funded by the British Academy £7152 July 2013

Promoting Equality and Diversity Through Economic Crisis (With Professor Kate Malleson, Professor Lizzie Barmes, Professor Geraldine Healy, Dr. Al James all of Queen Mary University of London).  Funded by the AHRC £26,195 August 2010


Implementation of the Gender Equality Duty in Public Authorities (with Dr. Margaret Page, UWE) Funded by British Academy £7,000. September 2007. 


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