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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 and Director of Equality, diversity & Inclusion and UN PRME at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London. Her research focuses on equality, diversity & inclusion, gender and ethnicity at work, migration and precarious work, 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 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 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.

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); 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 Social Science/Sociology degree from the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in HRM

Director of Equality, diversity & Inclusion and UN PRME

Newest selected publications

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

Vassilopoulou, J., Kyriakidou, O., Özbilgin, MF. and Groutsis, D. (2022) 'Scientism as illusio in HR algorithms: Towards a framework for algorithmic hygiene for bias proofing'. Human Resource Management Journal, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 0954-5395 Open Access Link

Journal article

Vassilopoulou, J., Fouskas, T., Kazanas, K., Economou, C., Papadopoulou, D., Karabelias, G., et al. (Accepted) 'A Tale of Two Crises: Reception Policy and Covid-19 Management Regarding Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees', inImmigrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Times of Crises. European Public Law Organization Publications.

Book chapter

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.

Book chapter
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