Diversity is multifaceted. It encompasses more than the traditional aspects related to gender and ethnicity. Beyond the ethical reasons for fostering workplace diversity and an inclusive culture, there's a strong business case for maintaining a diverse workforce. In a work environment, different backgrounds, opinions, ideas and experiences drive innovation and enhance organisational effectiveness.
Our research aims to study the novel facets of diversity relevant to organisations and individuals.
In addition to the traditional aspects of diversity studies, our work focuses on:
Our team includes experts from the disciplines of management, psychology, industrial organisation, applied economics, human resource management, gender studies, environmental studies, organisational anthropology and social sciences.
We're uniquely positioned to study diversity and its effects using either a discipline-specific or broader comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach, depending on the issue investigated. Each of our researchers has substantive experience as an individual and in a team with other researchers in this cluster. Our research spans:
We have delivered a range of projects in the broad disability field, including a review of the first National Disability Strategy, research on the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Disability Employment Services and the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with disability.
We also prepared a report for the Canberra Multicultural Women’s Forum and the ACT Office for Women – Best Practice in Communicating with Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds.
UNSW Canberra offers a Diversity Management subject for postgraduate students as part of the Master of Business program. Cross Cultural Management is also available as part of the Master of Business.