We are hosting a project aiming to improve workplace equality for people with a disfigurement in the UK. Funded by the VTCT Foundation, the research will be carried out by Research Fellow Dr Hannah Saunders with direction from Professor Kate Malleson, Professor Lizzie Barmes and colleagues in the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England. It will also involve working closely with a number of charities in this area. The research has three streams:
It is hoped that this project will offer real impact in an area of law which has, until recently, remained invisible.
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.