Professor Nelarine Cornelius

Nelarine Cornelius is Professor of Organisation Studies and Associate Dean, Academic Staff Development at Queen Mary, University of London, Visiting Professor, University of Paris (Nanterre), Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Lagos: previously she has been a Visiting Professor at McGill University and Visiting Scholar, École des Mines (Paris).  Professor Cornelius research interests include equality fairness and social justice, social entrepreneurship and management practices in emerging, fragile economies. She was previously at the University of Bradford, where she held a variety of positions including Professor of HRM and Organization Studies, Associate Dean, Research and Director, Bradford Centre for Business in Society.

She is also a member of the council of British Academy of Management (BAM) Council and Co-Vice-Chair elect, Research and Publications (with Professor Emma Bell, Open University) on the BAM Executive Committee. Professor Cornelius is co-editor of Personnel Review journal. She holds a number of fellowships, including an Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and full fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, British Academy of Management, Royal Society of Arts and Chartered Management Institute, and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Professor Cornelius is co-founder and member of the Scientific Committee of the international research centre, Paris Research in Norms, Management and Law (PRIMAL) hosted at the Sorbonne.

Keynote Presentation: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Turbulent Times: Challenges for theory and practice

In my presentation, I will consider the ‘state of play’ of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) research and practice. In the UK although there is evidence of improvement in the opportunities, well-being and quality of life for those from what the Equalities and Human Rights Commission refer to as protected characteristics, in part underpinned by the Equalities and Human Rights Act, concerns are also being raised by scholars and practitioners of increasing resistance, and at times reversal, of gains that have been hard one, as well as evidence of rising intolerance. Internationally, there is a need to scrutinise also the usefulness of many of the ideas developed in the Global North in terms of the limits of their usefulness in the Global South. Drawing on projects that I and colleagues are involved in the UK, Nigeria, the Middle East and Pakistan, I will explore how scholars and practitioners are exploring, and attempting to address, these challenges.