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Dr Joana Vassilopoulou
Divisional Lead / Reader in Human Resource Management

Eastern Gateway 202n


Dr Vassilopoulou is a Reader (Associate Professor) in HRM and the Divisional Lead of the Organisations and People Department at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London. Her research focuses on equality, diversity & inclusion, gender, migration, AI & diversity and precarious work, from a critical and international comparative perspective. She has been part of grants in the field of diversity and inclusion with a total value of over £2.5 million, such as for the OECD, the European Academy of Management (EURAM), EU Horizon2020 and EU Erasmus+.

She is the Co-Founder of the Centre for Inclusion at Work (CEFI), in Athens, Greece.

Joana Vassilopoulou has an established academic and professional record in the field of diversity and inclusion, is frequently invited to deliver talks and has organised and hosted the international Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference twice. Currently, Joana is an editor at Work, Employment and Society (WES) Journal. From 2015 to 2020, she served as an Associate Editor of the European Management Review (EMR) and was a board member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and the UK National Representative of EURAM. She has published over 50 publications in edited collections and journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, Work, Employment and Society, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Business Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

She is an associated faculty member at the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam/Netherlands and she held visiting Professorship at Dauphine University, Paris /France, at MCI Innsbruck (Austria) and at the University of Wuppertal (Germany).

Dr Vassilopoulou is the recipient of a visiting scholarship at Sydney University’s business school (2017); the winner of the Transnational Best Paper Award at the American Academy of Management conference (2012); and the recipient of the 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 Social Science/Sociology degree from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.


Reader (Associate Professor) in HRM

Divisional Lead of the Organisations and People Department

Newest selected publications

Hamza-Orlinska, A., Maj, J., Shantz, A. and Vassilopoulou, J. (2024) 'Unlearning diversity management'. Journal of World Business, 59 (2). pp. 101519 - 101519. ISSN: 1090-9516

Journal article

Groutsis, D., Vassilopoulou, J., Özbilgin, M., Fujimoto, Y. and Mor Barak, M. (2023) 'FROM THE EDITORS—Migration Management: Introduction and Overview'. Academy of Management Discoveries, 9 (2). pp. 117 - 124.Open Access Link

Journal article

Kamasak, R., Özbilgin, M., April, K., Yavuz Sercekman, M. and Vassilopoulou, J. (2023) '‘We Can’t Go Back to Normal’: Global Value Chain Approach to Diversity Management in Multinational Enterprises', in Maheshkar, C. and Sharma, V. (eds.) Handbook of Research on Cross-cultural Business and Management. Wilmington, DE, USA : Vernon Press. pp. 229 - 263. ISBN 10: 1-64889-686-3. ISBN 13: 978-1-64889-601-9.

Book chapter

Saba, T., Vassilopoulou, J., Ng, E. and Özbilgin, M. (2022) 'Guest editorial: Crossing boundaries and strengthening social connections through improved professional integration of immigrants'. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 41 (7). pp. 953 - 958. ISSN: 2040-7149 Open Access Link

Journal article

Vassilopoulou, J., Ozbilgin, M., Groutsis, D. and Janroj, K. (2022) 'Populism as New Wine in Old Bottles in the Context of Germany: ‘Symbolic Violence’ as Collective Habitus That Devalues the Human Capital of Turks.'. Societies, 12 (2). pp. 1 - 16.Open Access Link

Journal article
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