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Karen Farquharson

Karen Farquharson is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focused on the sociology of ‘race’ and racism, ethnicity, and diversity, particularly in the contexts of media and sport.

Her recent work has looked at how organisations manage diversity including organisational opportunities for and barriers to increasing diversity. 

Karen is co-author of three books including Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (2016) and co-editor of three collections, most recently Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (2018) and Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (2018). She is author of over multiple refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has supervised 19 PhD students to completion. 
Karen was educated at Harvard University (MA, PhD) and the University of California, Berkeley (BA).

Connect with Karen via her links below

Some Articles of interest and relating to Karen’s presentation

Here are links to Frank Dobbin’s papers that I like:

Why doesn’t diversity training work

why-diversity-programs-fail

https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/dobbin/files/hbr_2020_dobbin_kalev.pdf

Here is a good article on whiteness in organisations: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0003122418822335.  

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