We recently received some exciting and pleasing news concerning one of our part-time doctoral students, Katie Beavan. She has been appointed as a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Management, Katie will be joining the Women’s Public Policy Program (WAPPP), a research centre focused on closing global gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education.
Katie’s doctoral research is focused on how to undo gender in 24/7 hyper-masculine cultures, and create working environments that support gender parity at all levels, including the very top of the organization. Her work explores resistance to the dominant culture(s) and the development of working practices to disrupt the status quo. She has a long career of working in global financial services. Her deep practitioner experience in cultural change, employee engagement, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion inform her research.
Katie works with interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, including poetics, autobiographical and auto/ethnographic writing and feminist reflexivity. She is interested in evoking critical and ethical responses in organizational leaders, creating emotional motivation for change. Her work is based within the Bristol Leadership & Change Centre and she’s supervised by Professor Peter Case and Dr Margaret Page.