School of Business and Management

Dr Tessa Wright


Reader in Human Resource Management

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7472
Room Number: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.25f


Office Hours: Wednesday 10am - 12pm

Masters Academic Advisor

Tessa is a Reader in Human Resource Management and a member of the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity. She began conducting research in the area of equality and discrimination at work for the labour movement, while working as a researcher and editor at the Labour Research Department for several years. 

She continued her research career at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, working on several EU-funded and commissioned research projects. She then completed a PhD at Queen Mary (2011) before joining the staff of the School of Business and Management. Given this background, Tessa is keen to ensure that her research has an impact outside of academia too.  

Tessa is Deputy Dean for Research Impact in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Gender at Work (BUS349)


Research Interests:

Tessa’s research has covered the experience of women, ethnic minorities, migrant workers and lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the labour market and workplace. She is particularly interested in the intersection of multiple identities, and has published on the intersections of gender, sexuality and class in male-dominated work, in journals such as Work, Employment and Society and Gender, Work and Organizations

Additionally Tessa has undertaken research on trade union action to address inequality at work and the role of union Equality Reps.  A recent project examined an initiative to increase women’s participation in the construction industry, established during the building of the Olympic Park. Public procurement was identified in this study as a tool for promoting gender equality, which is the focus of Tessa’s ongoing research. She is the joint editor, with Dr Hazel Conley, of the Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work (2011).

Her book Gender and sexuality in male-dominated occupations: women working in construction and transport was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2016. Her most recent book was published to celebrate the centenary of the Fire Brigades Union in 2018: Moore, S, Wright, T. and Taylor, P. (2018) Fighting Fire: One hundred years of the Fire Brigades Union, Oxford: New Internationalist.

Recent grants, contracts and awards:

The Impact of the Future of Work in Public Transport for Women, report for International Transport Workers Federation, October 2018.

Developing a Framework for Equality Bargaining in the Rail Sector, British Academy Small Grant, H. Conley (PI), T. Wright and S.Moore, 2013-14. 

Discrimination in the workplace on multiple grounds – the experience  of trade union Equality Reps, 2011, S. Moore, T. Wright and H. Conley, funded by Acas and the TUC, £10,000.


Journal articles:

  • Healy, G., Tatli, A., Ipek, G., Ozturk, M., Seierstad, C. and Wright, T. (2018) ‘In the steps of Joan Acker:  A journey in researching inequality regimes and intersectional inequalities’, Gender, Work and Organization. Published online 22 May 2018
  • Wright, T. and Conley, H. (2018) ‘Advancing gender equality in the construction sector through public procurement: making effective use of responsive regulation’ Economic and Industrial Democracy, Published Online March 21, 2018.
  • Hudson, L., Moore, S., Tainsh, K., Taylor, P. and Wright, T. (2017), "‘The only way is Essex’: Gender, union and mobilisation among fire service control room staff", Work, Employment and Society, Online. First Publication October 9, 2017.
  • Wright, T. (2016) ‘Women’s experience of workplace interactions in male-dominated work: the intersections of gender, sexuality and occupational group’, Gender, Work and Organization, 23: 3: 348-362.
  • Wright, T. (2015) ‘Can ‘social value’ requirements on public authorities be used in procurement to increase women’s participation in the UK construction industry?’ Public Money and Management, 35: 2: 135-40.
  • Wright, T. (2014) ‘Gender, sexuality and male-dominated work: the intersection of long-hours working and domestic life’, Work, Employment and Society, published online 11 March DOI: 10.1177/0950017013512713
  • Wright T. (2013) ‘Uncovering sexuality and gender: an intersectional examination of women's experience in UK construction,’ Construction Management and Economics, 31: 8: 832-844.
  • Moore, S. and Wright, T. (2012) ‘Shifting models of equality? Union Equality Reps in the public services’, Industrial Relations Journal, 43: 5: 433-447.
  • Colgan, F. and Wright T. (2011) ‘Lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in a modernising public sector: opportunities and threats’, Gender, Work and Organization.18: 5: 548-570.
  • Wright, T. (2011) ‘A “lesbian advantage?” Analysing the intersections of gender, sexuality and class in male-dominated work’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 30: 8: 686 – 701.
  • Wright, T., Moore, S. and Conley, H. (2011) ‘Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace on Multiple Grounds – the experience of trade union Equality Representatives’, Research and Reports,  Industrial Law Journal, 40: 4: 460-465.
  • Colgan, F., Wright, T., Creegan, C. and McKearney, A. (2009) ‘Equality and diversity in the public services: moving forward on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality?’ Human Resource Management Journal, 19: 3: 280-301.
  • Wright, T. (2008) ‘Lesbian firefighters: shifting the boundaries between “masculinity” and “femininity”’, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 12: 1: 103-114.
  • Colgan, F., Creegan, C., McKearney, A. and Wright, T. (2008) ‘Lesbian workers: Personal strategies amid changing organisational responses to “sexual minorities” in UK workplaces’, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 12: 1:  31-45.
  • McKay, S. and Wright, T. (2008) ‘Tightening immigration policies and labour market impacts’, Transfer, 14: 4: 653-664.
  • Wright, T. (2007) ‘The problems and experiences of ethnic minority and migrant workers in hotels and restaurants in England’, Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, Volume 10, Spring 2007.
  • Colgan, F., Creegan, C., McKearney, A. and Wright, T. (2007) ‘Equality and diversity policies and practices at work: lesbian, gay and bisexual workers’, Equal Opportunities International, 26: 3: 590-609.
  • Colgan, F., Wright, T., Creegan, C. and McKearney, A. ( 2006) ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Workers, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace’, Equal Opportunities International, Professional Insights, 25: 6: 465-470.
  • Wright, T. (2005) ‘Inside the Workplace: First Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey’, Research and Reports, Industrial Relations Journal, 34: 4: 349-352.

Books and chapters:

  • Moore, S, Wright, T. and Taylor, P. (2018) Fighting Fire: One hundred years of the Fire Brigades Union, Oxford: New Internationalist.
  • Wright, T. (2018) ‘How to increase women’s representation in the construction sector: Evidence from a UK project’ in A. Bosch (Ed.), South African Board for People Practices Women’s Report 2018 (pp. 12-18). Rosebank, South Africa: SABPP.
  • Wright, T. (2016) Gender and sexuality in male-dominated occupations: women workers in construction and transport, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Conley, H. and Wright, T. (2015) ‘Making reflexive legislation work: stakeholder engagement and public procurement in the Public Sector Equality Duty’, Beyond 2015: Shaping the future of equality, human rights and social justice, London: Equality and Diversity Forum
  • Wright, T. and Conley, H. (eds.) (2011) Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work, Farnham: Gower Publishing.
  • Wright, T. (2011) ‘Tackling gender segregation in the UK transport and construction sectors: recent initiatives and procurement strategies’,
    Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work, Wright, T. and Conley, H. (eds), Farnham: Gower Publishing.
  • Wright, T. (2011) ‘Exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality and class in the transport and construction industries’ in Healy, G., Kirton, G. and Noon, M. (eds) Equality, inequalities and diversity – contemporary challenges and strategies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wright, T. and McKay, S. (2008) ‘Legal Frameworks Regulating the Employment of Refugees and Recent Migrants’, in McKay, S. (ed) Refugees, Recent Migrants and Employment: Challenging Barriers and Exploring Pathways, Abingdon: Routledge.

Other publications:


Tessa welcomes applications from prospective PhD students with interests in the areas of: equality and diversity in the labour market; gender and sexuality at work; the intersection of multiple identities at work; the experiences of migrant workers; occupational gender segregation and male-dominated work; trade unions and collective bargaining; discrimination and equality law; public procurement and equality. 

Current Doctoral Students


  • Matt Cook, leadership in the fire service

Second supervisor: 

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

PhD Supervision Completions:

  • Mark Bergfeld, ‘Solidarity, democracy and leadership: A comparative study of migrant worker activism and organising', 2015-2019