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Professor Anne-marie Greene
Chair in Work and Diversity, Knowledge Exchange/Impact lead




Anne-marie Greene is Professor of Work and Diversity at the School for Business and Society.

She is Chair of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS) and Co-Convenor of the Gender and Employment Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA). She received her PhD from the University of Wolverhampton and was an ESRC Studentship recipient for an MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, following a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College).

Anne-marie has held previous academic posts at the University of Leicester School of Business (where she was Associate Dean for Research), De Montfort University, University of Warwick, University of Aston and University of North London. She has been a Professorial Fellow at the Susana Wesley Foundation, University of Roehampton.

She has held previous editorial positions for Gender, Work and Organisation, Work, Employment and Society; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Industrial Relations Journal.

Subject Group

Work, Management and Organisation





Departmental roles


Deputy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead (Maternity Cover till May 2022)

Featured New Book

The Dynamics of Managing Diversity and Inclusion, Fifth Edition (Published December 30th 2021)

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The Dynamics of Managing Diversity and Inclusion was one of the first books to respond to growing academic coverage of the topic of diversity management at degree level. This fifth edition has been fully updated to reflect new working practices, labour market data, organisational policies, and developments in equality and diversity law, as well as including new case studies and analysis of current and emerging areas of debate in the United Kingdom and across Europe. Diversity management is a term that covers not only policy and practice on race, disability, and sex discrimination, but also broader issues including other identity and cultural differences. The Dynamics of Managing Diversity and Inclusion, fifth edition, provides future HR professionals and business/organisational managers of the future with the legal information and research findings needed to enable them to participate in the development and implementation of meaningful diversity and inclusion policies in their organisations. This new edition offers:

  • Inclusion of topical issues such as female and minority representation on executive boards, religious diversity, gender identity, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements.
  • Multiple analytical perspectives, such as socio-legal and feminist approaches, to provide rich insights into the subject matter.
  • Practical case studies and exercises to illustrate the real-life issues in a local, international, and organisational context.

University roles





Professor Greene researches equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in theory and practice. A particular research interest is the interface between work, life, family and community, especially where a sense of calling, mission or activism is required. This often concerns areas of work that stand outside of the standard employment relationship and which are less formally regulated, bringing with them challenges of management policy and practice and issues of inequality. Research projects have involved volunteer managers and volunteers, clergy, actors, freelance creatives, diversity consultants and trade union representatives.


Funded Projects

The Management of Volunteers

Since 2013, in collaboration with Professor Jenna Ward (Coventry University) a project achieving over £50,000 of external funding has explored the differences between the management of volunteers and the management of paid staff in the voluntary sector. This has involved commissioned research in the National Trust and the City of London Open Spaces.

See a report of the findings from the National Trust project National Trust Final Report 2021 (MS Word , 5,594kb).

Clean Break: Women, Theatre, Organisation and the Criminal Justice System

In collaboration with Professor Caoimhe McAvinchey, Queen Mary, University of London; Dr Deborah Dean, Warwick University and Dr Sarah Bartley, Reading University. Running from 2019-2021, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (£375,000) this research project is the first interdisciplinary examination of Clean Break, situating four decades of organisational and artistic practice within a context of policy and practice affecting women's experience of criminal justice.

It analyses the company's contribution to contemporary British theatre, its impact on the lives of women participants and on professional partners in theatre, criminal justice and the women's sector. In addition, it draws on the expertise of work and employment scholars, to examine the implications of Clean Break's distinctive and unusual organisational practices for both arts and non-arts management and leadership. This is particularly in relation to stakeholder voice and equality and diversity issues in its management practices and artistic, engagement and education programmes.


Twitter: @WTJ_Research

Research Impact

Working with Emotions in Volunteering

The Management of Volunteers research project has involved a series of dissemination and pathways to impact activities including practitioner conferences, training workshops and facilitation events. Training materials and toolkits have been developed as part of this in collaboration with the research partners. Further impact and engagement activities are facilitated by the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Strategic Partnership between the University of Leicester and the National Trust.

In October 2021, a version of the toolkit ‘Working with Emotions in Volunteering’ was launched in collaboration with the Association of Volunteer Managers. This toolkit can be downloaded free of charge by registering at

The theatre and organisational practices of Clean Break

The AHRC research also involves multidisciplinary collaboration with six other universities spanning theatre studies, criminology, social policy, English literature and creative arts disciplines. The project has involved a seminar series (face to face and online) and a number of public-facing events with practitioner organisations in the applied theatre and criminal justice sector.

The project employs an artist-in-residence Laura Dean producing work in response to and informing the research findings which can be found in a Living Gallery. This art will be exhibited as part of the Coventry City of Culture theme of Amazing Women in March 2022.

The project has funded a tour and a film of the play Sweatbox by Chloe Moss


Research group(s)






Available PhD research projects





Selected publications


Kirton, G. and Greene, A.M. (2022) The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A Critical Approach, Fifth Edition, Routledge.

Journal Articles

Dyson, S.M., Atkin, K.M., Berghs, M.J. and Greene, A.M., (2021). On the possibility of a disabled life in capitalist ruins: Black workers with sickle cell disorder in England. Social Science & Medicine, 272, p.113713.

Greene, A.M., Kirton, G., Koumenta, M. and Humphris, A. (2021) ‘Workplace union representation and gender in the British workplace’, Industrial Relations Journal. 52: 1, 40-63.

Kirton G. and Greene, A.M. (2019) ‘Telling and selling the value of diversity and inclusion – external consultants’ discursive strategies and practices’, Human Resource Management Journal, 29:4, 676-91 4.

Ward, J. and Greene, A.M. (2018) ‘Too much of a good thing? The emotional challenges of managing affective commitment in voluntary work’, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Vol. 47(6) 1155–1177.

Greene, AM (2017) ‘Clergywomen in the UK: The Implications of professional calling’ in K. Broadbent, G. Strachan and G. Healy (eds.) Gender and the Professions: International and Contemporary Perspectives, Chapter 8, Routledge.

Robbins, M. and Greene, A.M. (2017) ‘Clergywomen's experience of ministry in the Church of England’  Journal of Gender Studies 27:8, 890-900.

Dean, D. and Greene, AM (2017) ‘How do we understand worker silence despite poor conditions - as the actress said to the woman bishop’ Human Relations, 70: 10, 1237-1257.

Greene, A., and Robbins, M. (2015) ‘The Cost of a Calling? Clergywomen and Work in the Church of England’, Gender, Work and Organization, 22: 4, 405–420.

Book Chapters

Greene, AM (2019) ‘Feminism and Industrial Relations’ in K. Townsend, K. Cafferkey, T. Dundon and A. McDermott (eds.) Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations, Elgar Publications, London.

Greene, AM (2019) ‘HRM, Equality and Diversity’ in A. Wilkinson, N. Bacon, D. Lepak and S. Snell (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, Second Edition, Chapter 14, Sage Publications: London

Kirton G. and Greene, AM (2017) ‘Understanding Diversity Management in the UK’, in Hansen, K. and Seierstad, C. (eds.) (2017). Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Management. Springer, pp.59-73.

Greene, A.M (2015) ‘Voice and Workforce Diversity’, Chapter 4 in P. Ackers and S. Johnstone (eds.) Finding a Voice: at Work? New perspectives on Employment Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 67-94.



Dissertation Research Methods (MAN00021H)

Dissertation supervision (code: MAN00021H)


Supervision of Masters dissertations

Research Skills for HRM (MAN00074M)

Other teaching

Postgraduate Research

Supervision of PhD students:

  1. Christina Williams, Making a living from writing in the UK.Love, luck, magic and maybeness. Completed November 2021. 
  2. Sally Exon, Exploring informality in relation to disciplinary disproportionality for BAME employees. 
  3. Louisa Horne, From We to Me – The influence of declining communitarianism, social capital, and community resilience on  volunteering: A case study  of Rotary Clubs in Atlantic Canada. 
  4. Farzana Aslam, Why are there so few female Partners of Global Law Firms in Hong Kong? An investigation into the structural and attitudinal constraints that influence women to leave global law firm private practice. 

Previously Taught Modules

Industrial Relations

Managing Diversity

HRM in a Business Context

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