Dr Louise Ashley

Personal profile

Dr Louise Ashley is a senior lecturer in organization studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She specialises in researching the implementation and development of diversity and inclusion programmes in large, multinational professional service firms, with a particular focus on gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.  Louise has published articles in leading academic journals including Human Relations and Work, Employment and Society, and recently co-wrote the chapter on diversity and inclusion in the Oxford University Press Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015).

During 2015 and 2016, Dr Ashley led the teams appointed by the government's Social Mobility Commission (SMCPC) to understand non-educational barriers to the elite professions, including law, accountancy and investment banking. She regularly takes part in speaking engagements to report her findings to a wider practitioner audience, and consults to private sector and third sector organizations. She also has expertise evaluating programmes aimed at improving access to the labour market for people from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds. Dr Ashley is engaged with several third sector organisations in the area of social mobility. For example, she sits on the advisory committee for the Social Mobility Index (a joint initiative by the SMC and the Social Mobility Foundation), and on the advisory committee of social mobility charity UpReach. She is also a Fellow of the Bridge Group, a charitable policy association researching and promoting socio-economic diversity and equality in the UK.

 Dr Ashley’s research has also been covered in national and international mainstream media including but not limited to BBC Radio 4, the New York Times, The Times, Financial Times and The Guardian, in trade press including Legal Week and The Lawyer, and in specialist publications including People Management and Management Today.

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