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Dr Joana Vassilopoulou

Dr Joana Vassilopoulou
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management


Dr Vassilopoulou is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in HRM at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on race and gender equality at work, highly skilled migrants, migration, diversity management and talent management, from a critical and international comparative perspective.

Joana Vassilopoulou has an established academic and professional record in the field of diversity and inclusion, is frequently invited to deliver talks and she has organised and hosted the international Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference. She is also collaborating with the European Network against Racism (ENAR), Brussels/Belgium by contributing to events and conferences and planning the conference titled: Beyond the business case for diversity: Using ethnic diversity as a case in point, at Loreal Paris/France.

She holds a visiting Professorship at Dauphine University, Paris /France and at teh University of Wuppertal/Germany and is an associated faculty member at the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam/Netherlands. Her academic appointments have spanned the fields of organisational behaviour, human resource management, and corporate social responsibility.

Joana is also an Associate Editor of the European Management Review (EMR), a board member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and the UK National Representative of EURAM. She has published in edited collections and journals such as the European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Business Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Dr Vassilopoulou is the recipient of a visiting scholarship at Sydney University’s business school (2017); winner of the Transnational Best Paper Award at the American Academy of Management conference (2012); and the recipient of University of East Anglia’s Norwich Business School Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research PhD scholarship (2007-2010). 

She has a PhD in Management from Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia and her Sociology diploma from the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in HRM

HRM and HRM & Employment Relations Pathway Lead

CIPD Representative

Newest selected publications

Vassilopoulou, J. and Ozbilgin, M. (2018) 'Relational Methods in Organization Studies: a critical overview', in Ciesielska, M. and Jemielniak, D. (eds.) Qualitative Research in Organization Studies: New Approaches, Methods and Possibilities. Volume 2: Methods and Possibilities. Palgrave. , II. pp. 151 - 179.

Book chapter

Vassilopoulou, J. (Accepted) 'Gender & Diversity Changes Organizations'. Femina Politica: Zeitschrift fuer feministische Politik-Wissenschaft. ISSN: 0943-3767

Journal article

Vassilopoulou, J. (Accepted) 'Diversity management as window dressing. A case study from Germany', in Ozbilgin, M. and Chanlat, JF. (eds.) Management and diversity: main issues and challenges. Emerald.

Book chapter

Vassilopoulou, J., Ozbilgin, M., Tatli, A., Pinnington, A. and Al Shamsi, A. (Accepted) 'Movers and shakers of talent management in the UAE'.


Vassilopoulou, J., Berendt, U. and Baumer, J. (Accepted) 'Diversity, discrimination and anti-discrimination in Germany'.

More publications(27)