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International Women's Day

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International Women's day 2024 - #InspireInclusion

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's inequality. Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.

The work that universities and business schools do to ensure Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is more important than it has ever been.

You can read all about the Business School activity below, and also see what is going on across the University.


Celebrating Women in Business

Highlights of some of the fantastic news, activities and achievements of women across the School, impacting and leading business thought and practice to enhance equity, prosperity and well-being.

Female CEOs issue less debt than their male counterparts

Research conducted by Dr Yeqin Zeng examines the effects of a CEO’s gender on a company’s debt structure.
Black woman stands at the head of a conference table and leads a business meeting

Women value work-life balance more than men – unless they are managers

Women value their work-life balance much more than men do when at a junior-level on average, but not at the managerial-level, according to Dr Ivan Lim.
A young woman balances working at home with her family life, on a web conference while attending to her baby

Abuse of female athletes goes unchecked on mainstream social media sites, study shows

Professor Mariann Hardey's collaboration sheds new light on toxic fan behaviour on mainstream social media platforms.
women playing football

Professor Martyna Śliwa's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion research

With companies struggling to embed effective EDI, Martyna's study proposes a two-step framework when creating and implementing EDI agendas.
Professor Martyna Sliwa, Associate Dean for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS)

Dr Maria Kakarika

In our Championing our Colleagues Q&A, Maria reflects on where her career started.
Maria Kakarika at external campus

Dr Mercy Denedo

UK parliamentary committee has referenced Mercy's research on ‘Reducing social housing stigma in England’
Dr Mercy Denedo in the Business School

PhD student Sophie Milliken awarded MBE in the King's 2023 New Year Honours list

Currently undertaking a PhD in Management with Integrated Studies and was awarded for services to Business and to Education.
Sophie Milliken MBA PhD student

Dr Farzana Chowdhury

In our Championing our Colleagues Q&A Farzana connects her entrepreneurship research to mental health.
Farzana Chowdhury against white background

Dr Sara Eugeni

Sara's research examines the factors behind current account imbalances around the world in terms of sustainability.
Sara Eugeni

The Peter Problem

Alumna, Jemima Vanhegan, explores why there are more male CEOs called Peter than there are female CEOs in the UK.
Human resources officer install one person as team leader

Trade union membership steadily increased due to female members

The rise in membership, between 2017-2020, marked the first sustained increase in membership since 1979, with union membership having fallen into steady decline.
Female speaker at business conference

Daisy Igbokwe's MBA Strategic Business Project with Sage

Nigerian-Canadian MBA alumna, Daisy Igbokwe, chose to do her Project with Sage, market leaders in cloud accounting and business management software.
Daisy Ogbokwe MBA student

Khdeija Sidi-Boubacar, a top entrepreneur

Find out about Khdeija's entrepreneurial spirit as it shines through, with her success and her top award.
Khdeija Sidi-Boubacar Masters Alumni

Meet two of our international female DBA candidates

Grace Zhang and Jannies Burlingame have been studying two of our DBA programmes, you can catch up with them.
Shanghai Paris and Durham

Dr Arzé Karam's research looks at the FinTech revolution

Her model gives a warning well in advance before actual spikes of illiquidity are seen which lead to a crash.
More above head

Therese Seiringer, Head of Sustainability, Vodaphone Germany

Switching lanes from finance to sustainability through her Durham Masters.
Therese Seiringer MSc Masters Alumnus