Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Ana Lopes

Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Background

Ana Lopes is a lecturer in Human Resource Management. She joined Newcastle University Business School in 2016, having previously held positions at the University of the West of England and University of East London.

Her main research interests are:

  • Gender, work and employment relations
  • Gender, careers and the workplace
  • Equality and diversity, equal opportunities, diversity management
  • Living wage campaigns and community organising

Ana is an Associate Editor for the journal Work, Employment and Society and a book review editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization.

She is an Executive Board member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and a board member of the Gender Relations in the Labour Market and the Welfare State (RN14) research network of the European Sociological Association. She is an Associate Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


         

Research

Ana Lopes is passionate about equality and diversity. Her research focuses mostly on the areas of gender, work and employment relations. Recently she has been particularly interested in the experiences and careers of women who work in non-traditional roles or in male dominated industries. She has been working on a project that has culminated in the development of a mentoring scheme for women (and by women) in aviation and aerospace, based on a knowledge exchange partnership between an academic team and the Royal Aeronautical Society, Airbus and the Royal Air Force and co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. This unique mentoring scheme, called alta, has been launched in 2015. The academic team continues to be involved to measure and monitor research impact.

She is also working with one of the UK’s largest unions on a project commissioned by their Women’s Committee. The study aims to better understand women’s experiences at work, career progression and development needs, as well as women’s representation and participation in trade union activism.

Ana originally studied Social Anthropology and gained her PhD in Sociology with the thesis ‘Organising in the sex industry: an action research investigation’. She has also written and published work on the casualisation of academic work, living wage campaigns and community organising.

PhD Supervision:

Ana is interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Gender, work and employment relations
  • Gender, careers and the workplace
  • Equality and diversity, equal opportunities, diversity management
  • Living wage campaigns and community organising

Current PhD students:

  • Julie Monroe: The workplace use of networked technology and work-life boundary: A qualitative study of the way gender and class influence non-work at work

  • Nosheen Khan: Women on Boards: the role of stakeholders in shaping the diversity agenda

Teaching

Ana Lopes is Degree Programme Director of the MA Employee relations and Deputy Programme Director of the MSc Global Human Resource Management

Ana leads the following modules:

  • NBS8383 Diversity in a Global Context(PG)

  • BUS3006 Managing Diversity (UG)

  • NBS8287 Global Employment Relations (PG)

Publications