Hosted by the University of Leeds. Thursday 14th October 2021
Researcher Education and Development Scholarship (REDS) Conference: Online 14th October 2021 (10:00 -16:00 GMT+1) (Follow us on twitter)
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‘Research culture encompasses the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers’ career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated’. – The Royal Society
The 2021 Research Education and Development Scholarship Conference asks:
 https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/research-culture/ (accessed 12th January 2021)
Innovation without limits: Imagining a possible inclusive future for researchers
Universities are eager to celebrate diversity – at least in their marketing campaigns. As Ahmed (2012:153) has written, diversity work is often just ‘a branding exercise, a way of reimagining the organization as ‘being diverse’ through the inclusion of those who embody diversity’ rather than the expression of a genuine commitment that is reinforced with measurable, accountable action. How many of our universities, with published statements praising their own commitments to diversity, have hiring, promotion, or pay gaps for staff and withdrawal or attainment gaps for students based on race/ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual identity, or caring responsibilities?
Multiple studies have shown that more inclusive working environments lead to better innovation, more resilient organisations, and greater economic growth. Inclusive work places can lead to higher productivity of underrepresented staff. It should come as no surprise that students and staff who are fully included, feel like they belong, believe that their voices are heard, know that their contributions are valued, are likely to be more innovative and productive.
This keynote presentation will build upon my two-part post for Supervising PhDs focused on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in supervisory practices. I will explore a possible future in which institutional diversity statements are accompanied by robust evidence of accountability for those promises of equity. I ask us to consider: What might the future of research look like if work environments and research communities were fully equitable and inclusive? What kinds of innovative break-throughs could be made if systemic barriers were no longer a burden? How might the world benefit from an academia where everyone is welcome and included?
Keynote presenter biography: Dr Jessica Gagnon (@Jess_Gagnon) is an educational sociologist, focused on inequalities in higher education. She has worked in higher education in the US and UK for more than 20 years. Jessica is a first-generation student from an American working-class, single mother family. She currently serves as co-chair for the Gender and Education Association, an international, intersectional feminist academic charity founded in 1997, focused on achieving gender equality within and through education.