Simonetta Manfredi


Oxford Brookes UniversityProf Simonetta Manfredi

Job title

Director - Centre for Diversity Policy Research



Simonetta Manfredi is Professor of Equality and Diversity Management and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests include gender and careers, work-life balance, age equality with a focus on the Higher Education sector. She has published widely and led several projects on these topics funded by organisations including the European Commission, the former Department of Trade and Industry, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Equality Challenge Unit.  

Recently (2014) she led a project funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Equality Challenge Unit to  research the career trajectories of senior leaders in higher education who are alumni of the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme (TMP). Simonetta’s book on Managing Equality and Diversity (co-authored with Dr Kumra), published by Oxford University Press, received the Charted Management Institute Management Book of the Year Award 2013 (under the management and leadership category). In 2011 she received the outstanding paper award by the Emerald Publisher for her article (co-authored with Professor Liz Doherty) on Improving Women’s Representation in Senior Positions in Universities. Her impact case study on Development of Policy and Practice in the Field of Equality in the Workplace was one of three impact cases rated at 100% 3*/4* in the submission of Oxford Brookes Business Faculty to the Business and Management unit of assessment in REF 2014.