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Reflections from EDI Conference: Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in times of austerity

Andri Georgiadou (Business School, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 19 September 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the research presented at the 2016 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Design/methodology/approach

The report is based on six papers, of interest to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion readers, which were selected from the proceedings and presentations made at the conference. The papers vary in terms of research design, methodology and approach. There was a mix of conceptual/review papers and empirical studies, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Findings

The papers presented new directions on equality, diversity and inclusion research. Findings from exploratory papers indicated the need to develop an understanding of the notion of solidarity and the divisive and inclusive elements of the enactment of solidarity. Empirical studies reveal that women and people from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be excluded and marginalized, whereas there is a call for greater consideration of age in the social, economic, political and market arenas.

Originality/value

This report integrates unique insights on “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Rights in Times of Austerity”, as these were presented and discussed at the EDI 2016 Conference.

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Citation

Georgiadou, A. (2016), "Reflections from EDI Conference: Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in times of austerity", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 35 No. 7/8, pp. 467-472. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-09-2016-0077

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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