Lizzie Barmes is collaborating with Mark Bell, Nicole Busby, and Lydia Hayes to find ways of learning from different approaches to, and experiences of, employment and equality regulation of working life in the four nation of the United Kingdom.’
Kate Malleson is collaborating with Graham Gee and Erika Rackley on a two year BA-funded project entitled ‘How can the Judicial Appointments Commission make a difference to judicial diversity?’
Sarah Court-Brown received a LISS DTP award to pursue a MRes in 2017/2018 followed by a PhD under the supervision of Professors Barmes, Malleson and Dr Mario Mendes. Sarah’s research interests concern the influence in the political and legislative fields in modern Britain of ideas and principles about equality.
Lizzie Barmes and Kate Malleson, with Saphié Ashtiany, are investigating: (a) the genesis of the general positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010, sections 158 and 159 and (b) how these measures have operated in practice. Both aspects involve semi structured interview studies with a range of participants, the latter particularly in the legal sector. The overall aim is to extract learning about the use of law to promote equality.
This is a project being undertaken by Lizzie Barmes and Kate Malleson, with Saphié Ashtiany. In light of the recent controversy over the use of nondisclosure agreements (‘gagging orders’) in high-profile cases of sexual harassment, the project seeks to identify when and how NDA's are currently used, what problems they give rise to and what reforms might be required.