The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr Louise Ashley
Lecturer Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
- +44 (0) 1634 88 8977
Teaching group: People, Management & Organisation
Location: Medway, Room M3-37
Office hours: 10:00 - 12:00 Mondays and 09:00 - 11:00 Thursdays
Dr Louise Ashley is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Kent. Louise has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge, an MSc (distinction) from University College London, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
She specialises in researching the implementation and development of diversity and inclusion programmes in leading professional service firms. Her research encompasses a number of diversity strands although she has a particular focus on gender, ethnicity and social background.
Louise has published articles in leading academic journals, including Work, Employment and Society, and Human Relations. She is also regularly asked to present to company boards and diversity committees on the implications of her findings.
Her research has been covered in mainstream media including the The Times. Financial Times and The Guardian, in trade press including Legal Week and The Lawyer, and in specialist publications including People Management and Management Today. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, and contributed to practitioner publications such as Ark Group’s Retaining and Advancing Women in the Legal Profession. She also takes part in speaking engagements such as Cass Business School and Inclusive Employers' recent panel discussion on Diversity in the Boardroom; Vodafone and Thomson Reuter's event, 'Innovation, Diversity and the Legal Profession'; and 'Mixed for Success', a panel discussion for leading international law firm Baker and McKenzie.
Prior to joining Kent, Louise was at the Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School, where she is currently a Visiting Fellow.
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Louise's teaching interests include human resource management, strategic HRM, equality and diversity management, and organisational behaviour.back to top
Louise’s main academic interests are equality, diversity and inclusion in organisations, with a particular focus on large professional service firms.
Louise has presented at numerous international conferences including the European Group of Organisational Studies; the European Academy of Management; the British Academy of Management; and Gender, Work and Organisation.
She is member of the People, Management and Organisations research group in Kent Business School and the Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth.back to top
Dr Louise Ashley has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion within professional service firms, in which context she focuses on gender and social class. In this capacity she regularly provides consultancy services to organisations wishing to assess their programmes against best practice.
Louise also takes part in speaking engagements, panel discussions and workshops such as Cass Business School and Inclusive Employers' recent panel discussion on Diversity in the Boardroom; Vodafone and Thomson Reuter's event, 'Innovation, Diversity and the Legal Profession'; and 'Mixed for Success', a panel discussion for leading international law firm Baker and McKenzie.back to top
Dr Louise Ashley is available to supervise Phd students interested in equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace, especially where their focus is on gender, ethnicity/race and/or social class, and/or if they have a particular interest in professional service and knowledge intensive firms.back to top