Dulini Fernando
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    Dulini Fernando (BSc Lancaster, BSc London, MSc LSE and PhD Loughborough) researches on highly skilled careers, diversity and inclusion, workplace mistreatment and work in multinational organizations. Her research has been published in an array of business and management journals (including the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Discoveries, Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Vocational Behaviour and the Human Resource Management Journal) and funded by the UKERC, ESRC, Midland Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, GCRF and IAA. In 2021, Dulini was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow to examine intersectionality in the careers of skilled refugees. Dulini’s research has influenced government policy and organizational practice and is cited in international media. Dulini worked at Warwick Business School from 2013 to 2021 as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Reader and at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2021 to 2022 as Professor of Decent Work and Productivity and Director of the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity. Dulini was external examiner for the BSc Economics and Management Program, University of Oxford from 2018-2021.

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    The careers of highly skilled Indian corporate expatriates in the Netherlands (2023-24)

    British Academy Small Grant 

    With Professor Mehdi Boussebaa University of Glasgow and Dr Nidhi Bisht MDI Gurgaon

    Ethnic minority careers in the energy sector (2023-24)

    UKERC Networking fund

    With Dr Mehreen Gul Herriot Watt University Scotland


    Exploring minority ethnic doctors' career transitions in medicine: a life course approach (2022-25)

    ESRC Transforming Working Lives grant

    With Etlyn Kenny, Joanne Duberley and Christian Darko from University of Birmingham


    Minoritized Ethnic heritage employees’ progression to Senior Leadership (2022-25)

    Greater Manchester Housing Project Knowledge Transfer Partnership

     With Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University UK


    Highly skilled refugees’ experiences in the UK workplace (2021-23)

    British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

    With Renaisi London


    Highly skilled women’s careers in the Finance Industry (2020-24)

    With Invesco Ltd and a doctoral candidate from Warwick Business School

    Media Contributions


    Carol Woodhams, Dulini Fernando and Yuanyuan Huo  “Migrant doctors and reducing pay gaps” Work in Progress Sociology. June 30th 2022.


    Fernando, D., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "The problem of visibility for women in engineering, and how they manage it", Harvard Business Review. October 10th 2018.


    Fernando, W. D. A. and Prasad, A. “How Managers, Coworkers, and HR Pressure Women to Stay Silent about Harassment”, Harvard Business Review. July 13, 2018


    Fernando, W. D. A., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "What managers can do to keep women in engineering ", Harvard Business Review.


    Dulini Fernando “The culture of silence that allows harassment in the workplace to continue”. FT Online. Tuesday January 08.


    Fernando, D., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "How to help women sustain careers in male-dominated spaces", LSE Business Review


    Dulini Fernando "The culture of silence that allows sexual harassment in the workplace to continue", The Conversation


    Dulini Fernando “The rhetoric and reality of the work life balance agenda” FT Online. Wednesday March 28.


    Dulini Fernando “Highly-skilled women, career progression and respectable femininity” FT Online. Wednesday January 10.


    Fernando, D. and Cohen, L. "Karma may have a role to play in career progression, but it won’t break glass ceilings", The Conversation

    Dulini's research has also been noted in the Guardian, Times Higher education, The HR reporter, Business Inquirer, The Irish Examiner, Globe and Mail (Canada), Hindustan Times (India: 16.27m visitors/month), Channel News Asia, HR Grapevine magazine, Business Life magazine, Real Business, Growth Business, Rathbones Review, People Development and Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh).

    Research Interests

    Highly skilled career progression, diversity, inclusion, voice, silencing, migration, widening participation, gender, minority ethnicity and neurodiversity in the workplace

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

    MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

    BSc, University of London

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2003

    BSc, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University Management School

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2002


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