Cathrine Seierstad

Cathrine SeierstadI finished my PhD thesis in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London where I was part of the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity in June 2011. In September 2011 i started as a Lecturer in HRM at Brunel Business School, Brunel University. In August 2013 started at the University of Sussex, as a lecturer in IHRM and in September 2014, I started working at Queen Mary again as a lecturer in IHRM where i am also the Programme Director for the MSc in IHRM.

My research interests are leadership, women on boards, diversity, gender, equality and encompass organizational and institutional equality strategies. My PhD thesis addresses the role of gender, leadership and the use of affirmative action (AA) strategies in relation to vertical sex segregation in the Norwegian labour market. Specifically, to see how institutional laws and norms affect gender balance and diversity within organizations, I examine politicians, academics, and directors of corporate boards as specific occupational groups that are vulnerable to sex segregation effects. My thesis is entitled: 'Exploring the Norwegian paradox of vertical sex segregation: Strategies and experiences in politics, academia and company boards'. Using a multilevel approach to explore gendering practices, the thesis shed light on the processes underpinning and affecting vertical segregation and the strategies used to counteract it. As a result, the thesis aims to show how institutional norms and national laws affect the gender balance within organizations as well as to identify the usefulness of various strategies by using a mix of qualitative and quantitative data.

In addition, I have written several articles on the topics of 'women on boards', 'women in leadership', and 'work life balance', edited three books on the topics of 'women on boards' and 'CSR and Diversity Management', written numerous book chapters as well as held a number of presentations on the subject of women on boards, women in leadership, vertical sex segregation, leadership, gender, and affirmative action. For an updated list of working papers and conference presentations, see the publications-page.

I have extensive teaching experience that is underpinned by my bachelor degree in pedagogy and social science and I have a PGCertHe. I have experience from teaching on a variety of business subjects at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels:

  • Managing Diversity
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Human Resource Management.
  • Human Resource Management and its international dimensions
  • Business Studies
  • Comparative Business Systems (PG)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Organisation Theory
  • Work, Employment and society
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Email: cathrine.seierstad[at]