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Dr Joana Vassilopoulou

Dr Joana Vassilopoulou
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Eastern Gateway 202n


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) and was a board member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and the UK National Representative of EURAM for four years. She has published in edited collections and journals such as Work, Emplyoment and Society, 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

Director of sustainability, diversity and social responsibility

Newest selected publications

Vassilopoulou, J., Ozbilgin, M., Groutsis, D. and Kyriakidou, O. (2019) 'The ‘new’ migration for work phenomenon: The pursuit of emancipation and recognition in the context of work'. Work, Employment and Society, 34 (5). pp. 864 - 882. ISSN: 1469-8722 Open Access Link

Journal article

Vassilopoulou, J., Merx, A. and Bruchhagen, V. (2019) 'An Overview of Diversity Policies in the Public and Private Sector That Seek to Increase the Representation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in the Workplace: The Case of Germany', in Vassilopoulou, J., Brabet, J. and Shovumni, V. (eds.) Race Discrimination and Management of Ethnic Diversity and Migration at Work European Countries’ Perspectives. Emerald. pp. 59 - 79. ISBN 13: 9781787145948.

Book chapter

Vassilopoulou, J. and Julienne, B. (2019) 'Setting the Context of Race Discrimination at Work in the European Union', in Vassilopoulou, J., Brabet, J. and Shovumni, V. (eds.) Race Discrimination and Management of Ethnic Diversity and Migration at Work.European Countries’ Perspectives. Emerald. , 6. pp. 1 - 13. ISBN 13: 9781787145948.

Book chapter

Vassilopoulou, J., Brabet, J. and Showunmi, V. (2019) 'Race Discrimination and Management of Ethnic Diversity and Migration at Work European Countries' Perspectives'. Emerald Group Publishing. ISSN 10: 178714593X ISSN 13: 9781787145931


Vassilopoulou, J., Kyriakidou, O., Georgiadou, A., Mor Barak, M. and da Rocha, JP. (2018) 'International perspectives on securing human and social rights and diversity gains at work in the aftermath of the global economic crisis and in times of austerity'. European Management Review, 16 (4). pp. 837 - 845. ISSN: 1740-4754 Open Access Link

Journal article
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