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Elisabeth Michielsens - Principal Lecturer

School of Organisations, Economy and Society (SOES)

College: Westminster Business School (WBS)


2016: PhD University of Westminster, HRM "Contextualising diversity management: Challenging the effectiveness of the business case"

1988: "Gegradueerde In De Bedrijfseconomie" (Post Graduate Award in Applied Business Economics) from Catholic University Of Leuven, Belgium, awarded in 1988

1986: Licentiate In Political and Social Sciences from University Of Antwerp (UFSIA -UIA), Belgium, awarded with distinction in 1986.


My teaching revolves mostly around research methods, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am module leader for the MA HRM specific postgraduate research methods modules and teach research methods for MA Management and second year BA International Business students. Next to that, I contribute to Sociology of Work and coordinate the MA HRM project module. In previous years, I have taught modules such as International HRM, Organisational Behaviour and Equality and Diversity.


My academic role has developed to a Principal Lectureship in the HRM department with a significant research profile on employment and diversity issues in a European context as a member of the Research Centre 'Centre for Employment Studies'. In particular research on diversity in STEMM sector and women in manual trades.

My PhD by publication on Contextualising diversity management: Challenging the effectiveness of the business case" was awarded in 2016, consolidating 10 years of research in this field. I continue to be involved in diversity related research projects. The most recent research projects include:

- 2016-2017: Manmade media: The muffled voices of women (awarded internal research funding, P.I. Dr Deborah Knowles, with Dr Sylvia Snijders, Professor Linda Clarke, Dr Hugh Goodacre )

- 2014: Business Case for diversity in the scientific workforce (for Royal Society, P.I. Dr Angela Wright, with Dr Sylvia Snijders, and Michelle Williamson)

I currently am on the supervisory team to five PhD students.

Previously Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.