20th January 2021

Equality Diversity and Inclusion - A Joint Initiative with Northumbria University

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be partnering with Northumbria University on a new initiative to undertake research on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The research will identify and explore key EDI themes in working practices from the perspective of CSP authors, editors and contributors, aiming to conclude in July 2021.

Dr Rima Hussein and Dr Valerie Egdell will be conducting a survey to gather views from authors, which will inform future working practices in relation to diversity. It is an opportunity to reflect on experiences as authors, particularly in relation to the processes and working practices encountered.

Rima is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School and the EDI Director for the Department of Leadership and Human Resource Management.

Valerie is Associate Professor of Work and Employment. She has conducted research with a wide range of groups including older people, employers and jobseekers. She has extensive experience of successfully delivering externally funded research, funded by a range of funders such as the European Commission and the Scottish Government.

Any questions on the research project can be directed to Dr Rima Hussein (Project Lead) at rima.hussein@northumbria.ac.uk.

CSP Senior Advisor, John Peters, recently sat down with the influential No Shelf Required online library magazine to discuss the intiative:

Should academic publishing intersect with social justice issues?

It’s a conversation many of us who have been mentored in our professional lives may have had, as young practitioners: Be careful about mixing the personal and the professional. Make sure there are boundaries. Try and be a bit more detached.

But in more recent years, the advent of postmodern thought has given rise to what people call ‘mesearch’ (or, more academically, autoethnography) – when a researcher uses their personal experiences to tackle academic questions. I want to explore some of the issues of detachment as they relate to a publisher’s work. And, particularly in the context of ‘social justice’ issues such as race, gender, equality, diversity, and inclusion...

To access the full article, please click here.