School of Business and Management

Professor Mike Noon


Dean for School of Business and Management and Professor of Human Resource Management  

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2709
Room Number: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.22b


Student drop-in and feedback hours
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30pm


  • Chair of the School's Steering Group Senior Management Team
  • Professor of Human Resource Management

Undergraduate Teaching


Research Interests:

Mike Noon's research explores the effects of contemporary management practices on the work of employees. His main research interest is equality, diversity and discrimination, particularly in relation to ethnic minorities. In earlier work he explored the disadvantages faced by ethnic minorities in gaining access to work and training, then broadened the scope to examine the effects of gender, ethnicity, disability and age on the work experiences of UK employees using large scale survey data. More recently he has returned to studying the experiences of discrimination for employees through case studies and interviews.

His work also explores the theoretical and conceptual underpinning of equality policy. His approach challenges the assumptions behind mainstream equal opportunity policies in organisations and he argues for the pursuit of more progressive approaches, particularly using the new legal provisions in the 2010 Equality Act. He has been invited to present his ideas to various equality policy forums including the Government Equality Office, the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit national conference  and the Metropolitan Police Service.
As well as having research findings reported in the national media, he has published widely in academic journals.

He is a former associate editor of Human Relations, and is a member of its editorial board.


Selected Journal Articles:  

  • Hudson, M., Netto, G., Noon, M., Sosenko, F., de Lima, P. and Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2017). Ethnicity and low wage traps: favouritism, homosocial reproduction and economic marginalization. Work, Employment and Society, 31 (6), pp.1-28.Noon, M. (2017). Pointless Diversity Training: Unconscious Bias, New Racism and Agency. Work, Employment and Society, 32 (1), pp.1-14.
  • Oswick, C. and Noon, M. (2014) ‘Discourses of diversity, equality and inclusion: trenchant formulations or transient fashions?’, British Journal of Management, 25 (1), 23-39.
  • Noon, M., Healy, G., Forson, C. and Oikelome, F. (2013) ‘The equality effects of the “hyper-formalisation” of selection’, British Journal of Management, 24 (3): 333-346.
  • Noon, M. (2012) ‘Simply the best? The case for using threshold selection in hiring decisions’, Human Resource Management Journal, 22 (1): 76-88.
  • Noon, M (2010) The shackled runner: time to rethink positive discrimination? Work, Employment and Society, 24(4).

Selected Books:  

  • Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell, K. (2013) The Realities of Work (fourth edition) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Healy, G., Kirton, G. and Noon, M. (eds) (2010) Equality, inequalities and diversity - contemporary challenges and strategies. Basingstoke, Palgrave
  • Heery, E. and Noon, M. (2010) A Dictionary of Human Resource Management, (second edition) Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Current Doctoral Students

First Supervisor: 

  • Samuel Asante-Nnuro, 'An investigation into the difficulties facing black soldiers in the British army with emphasis on racism and discrimination'

Second supervisor: 

  • Nadia Ahmed, 'Is the ivory tower wheelchair accessible?'


PhD Supervision Completions

Simon Roberts 'Gay men, sexual orientation and the workplace'. Completed 2007. Now Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University