Professor Anne-marie Greene

Job: Professor of Employment Relations

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Business School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577239




Personal profile

Anne-marie Greene is Professor of Employment Relations within the Department of Human Resource Management, Leicester Business School. She has particular expertise in the area of equality and diversity, equal opportunities, diversity management, gender and race, workplace trade union organisation, new technology and collective action, and the industrial relations of unusual work, including clergy and volunteers. She is an executive member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and co-convenor of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Gender and IR Study Group. Editorial board roles include for the journals Work, Employment and Society, Gender, Work and Organization, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Industrial Relations Journal. Anne-marie is a committed trade union activist and has held both local and national positions within the University and College Union (UCU).

Research group affiliations

Contemporary Research on Organisations, Work and Employment (CROWE)

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a full listing of Anne-marie Greene's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

She is co-author (with Gill Kirton of The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A Critical Approach (4th edition 2015, Routledge) and Diversity Management in the UK: Organizational and Stakeholder Experiences (2009, Routledge) and author of Voices from the Shopfloor: Dramas of the Employment Relationship, 2001, Ashgate. She has published widely in journals in the HRM, industrial relations and organization studies fields.

Research interests/expertise

Anne-marie Greene’s research interests can be summarized as an equality and diversity perspective on industrial relations.

One particular area of concern is the position and role of joint regulation of equality and diversity issues at workplace level. Publications in this area present a critical position on the theory and practice of diversity management, the innovation of which derives from the voicing of often unheard stakeholders, namely trade unions and non-managerial employees, in particular women and minority ethnic employees. She is currently working on a British Academy funded project on Diversity Consultants in the UK with Gill Kirton (Queen Mary, University of London)

Another area concerns the nature and location of trade union activism. Research and publications here have looked at positive action initiatives within trade unions, and the implications of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for internal democratic processes and the participation of under-represented groups.

Finally her research has explored the interaction of family, community, life and work. This has included the study of the impact of industrial craft communities on work, gender relations and trade union activism. Her most recent research in this area explores the industrial relations context of clergy women in the UK (with Mandy Robbins, University of Glyndwr) while an ongoing project looks at the management of volunteers (with Jenna Ward, DMU).

Areas of teaching

Equality and Diversity


PhD Industrial Sociology: Wolverhampton

MA Industrial Relations: Warwick

BA (Hons) Modern History: Oxford

Courses taught

HRMG3202 Managing Equality and Diversity (Module Leader)

Honours and awards

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012: Highly Commended Paper: Volume 33 Number 1, Diversity management meets downsizing: the case of a government department, Anne-marie Greene and Gill Kirton, Employee Relations Journal

Membership of external committees

British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Current Executive Committee Member 

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Convenor of the Gender and Industrial Relations Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

British Academy of Management

Full Chartered membership status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Professional licences and certificates

Advanced Diploma in Professional Development (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education): North London


The Career Strategies and Practices of Diversity Consultants in the UK 

This project is conducted in conjunction with Professor Gill Kirton, Queen Mary, University of London and is supported by British Academy funding. It runs from July 2015 to June 2016.

This project explores the relationship between the ascendance of diversity management (DM) as a policy paradigm and the nature of the careers, strategies and practices of one significant category of diversity practitioners – diversity consultants. This builds on previous research conducted by the research team looking generally at diversity practitioner responses to DM and stakeholder involvement in diversity policy and practice.

Part One: Qualitative analysis of diversity consultancy websites. In an era of widespread usage of the Internet, research is becoming increasingly interested in organizational web sites as a means of ascertaining how organizations position themselves in relation to dominant discourses. The language used to talk about diversity has implications for theory, research and practice, particularly in analysing the concepts, ideas and arguments that diversity consultants use in order to persuade client organizations to accord greater priority and allocate resources to DM.

Part Two: Qualitative interviews with diversity consultants. Interview guides will set out key themes and afford comparability, however there is also a focus on individual
experiences. In order to develop a broad understanding, the interviews will be
biographical and take a life history approach, exploring the social,
educational and work backgrounds of participants. Themes will also include
their strategies (career and diversity-related), beliefs and values,
motivations, goals and actual experiences in working with client organizations.
Interviews will be recorded and transcribed for analysis purposes. Thematic
analysis will be conducted on the interviews, plus attention will be placed on
the language used around DM, drawing on discourse analysis techniques.

If you are a diversity consultant and would like to be involved in the project then please contact us:

The Management of Volunteers: A Case Study of the National Trust

This project started in June 2014 and is conducted with Jenna Ward and explores what it means to manage a volunteer. The project intends to identify the nature of similarities and differences between the management of volunteers and paid staff, and what the implications are of these similarities or differences for policy, resourcing and strategic planning within voluntary sector organisations. The research aims to understand the perceptions, attitudes and views of organisational stakeholders (managers, volunteers and paid staff members) around issues concerning the management of volunteers. It is intended to be of practical significance to voluntary organisations which face particular operational issues with managing volunteers, and would benefit from clear and focused empirical investigation in this area in order to improve organisational effectiveness.

A series of case studies have been funded by the National in order to achieve an in-depth understanding of what managing a National Trust volunteer involves and how this is similar or different to managing paid staff.

The Work of Clergywomen in the Anglican and Methodist denominations in the UK.

This stream of research involves two sets of fieldlwork interviews with clergywomen. the project aims to explore women's experience of ordained ministry from the perspective of the employment relationship, including previous work experiences; vocational drive/calling; recruitment, selection and training; work-life balance; job satisfaction; relationships with trade unions and those acting in managerial roles; experiences of gender discrimination; willingness and ability to resist and challenge poor treatment.

This illuminates the experiences of women in an unusual and under-researched work context, highlighting the difficult position they often face, uncovering widespread examples of sex discrimination, at the same time as satisfaction with their work and the need to follow their calling regardless of the difficulties. This highlights the significance of their religious calling as a party to the ‘employment relationship’.

Anglican Clergywomen

This project began in 2010 and is conducted with Mandy Robbins, Glyndwr University. It has received funding from Warwick Business School and DMU Faculty Funding and  involves a set of qualitative interviews with 21 stipendiary clergywomen in parish positions in the Church of England.

Methodist Clergywomen

This project began in 2014 and is funded by the Southlands Trust, Roehampton University. It involves a series of qualitative interviews with stipendiary women presbyters.

Forthcoming events

Black History Month 2015: Equality and Diversity in Work and Employment Seminar Wednesday October 21st 2015 2-4pm

Researchers from the Contemporary Research on Organisations, Work and Employment (CROWE) from the Department of HRM will be presenting an afternoon seminar event on the theme of Equality and Diversity.

Sessions will be as follows

Professor Anne-Marie Greene: Overview: Equal Opportunities, Diversity Management and the Race Equality Agenda

Ben Sellers: Race, Migration and Trade Unions in Historical Perspective: The Case of Imperial Typewriters in Leicester

Dr Heather Connolly: Comparing Responses to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers in French and British Trade Unions.

Attendance is free. For more information and to register for this event click here


Conference attendance

Greene, A.M. and Ward, J. ‘Managing volunteers in the National Trust: An evolving story of a home, its landscape and people like me’, Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS), Nottingham Trent University, 11-14 July 2015.

Greene, A.M. and Ward, J. ‘Managing volunteers in the National Trust: An evolving story of a home, its landscape and people like me’, British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Conference, 24-26 June 2015.

Greene, A.M. ‘Gender, diversity and leadership-a critique of organizational policies and practice: their relevance for church and faith contexts’, Gender Diversity Leadership Conference, Susanna Wesley Foundation, Roehampton University, 18-19th June 2015

Greene, A.M. ‘Research Findings: Women in the Methodist Church and the Church of England’, Gender Diversity Leadership Conference, Susanna Wesley Foundation, Roehampton University, 18-19th June 2015

Greene, A.M. ‘The experiences of women ministers in the CofE and Methodist Churches: the cost of a calling?’ presented at a Faith Lives of Women and Girls Research Symposium, Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, 14th February 2015

Dean, D. and Greene, AM, 'As the actress said to the bishop - work orientations can be puzzling' BUIRA Conference, June 25-27 2014, University of Westminster, London. Invited panel member at the joint Leicester University/DMU Research Impact Symposium 4th December 2013, University of Leicester.

Greene, A.M. ‘The experiences of women ministers: the cost of a calling?’ presented at a symposium of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Special Interest Group on Leadership and Leadership Development, 9 October 2013, The Work Foundation, London.

Greene, AM, Donaghey, J. and Parker, M. ‘Breaking the silence in a UK Business School: speaking out through the Internet’ Work, Employment and Society Conference, 6-9 September 2013 University of Warwick.

Greene, A.M. ‘Voice and workforce diversity’ presented at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Conference, 27-29 June 2013.

Greene, A. M. and Ward, J. ‘Managing a volunteer workforce: Industrial relations challenges in the era of the Big Society’ presented at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Conference, 27-29 June 2013.

Current research students

Christopher Stamper, ‘Emotion, desistance and employment’

Louise Oldridge, ‘Career experiences of mid-life women with informal caring responsibilities for an adult’, due to complete September 2017.

Candida Outridge, ‘The management of volunteers’,

Ben Sellers, ‘Trade union organisation and hard to reach migrant workers’

Johannes Brill, ‘Collective understandings of business models’

Mara Stanculescu, ‘Low wage work and progression’

Martin Tanner;   ‘Management Misbehaviour: An Ethnographic Study in the Retail Sector’ (Warwick, external supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

Source of Funds


Title of project


Start date

Total value

HEIF 2015


Research Impact Networking Activities

10 months

1 Oct 2015


British Academy


The Career strategies and experiences of diversity   consultants in the UK

1 year

July 2015


National Trust


The management of volunteers

1 year

June 2014


Southlands Trust


Career experiences of clergywomen in the   Methodist Church

18 months

April 2014



Warwick Business School   Research Development Fund


Employment Experiences of Clergy Women:   Vocational, Professional and Career Orientations

6 months



European Social Fund

HE Objective 3


Involvement of stakeholders in diversity   management: the way forward for equality policy and practice?

2 years




Internally funded research project information

De Montfort University Seedcorn   Research Fund


Analysis of Diversity Consultancy websites in   the UK

3 months

April 2014


De Montfort University   Research Investment Fund


The industrial relations of volunteers in the   third sector

6 months

January 2013



Professional esteem indicators

Associate Editor for the journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Editor for the journal Gender Work and Organization.

Editorial Board Member for the journal Work, Employment and Society (2012-2015)

Board Secretary for the Executive Board of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS) (2000-2006).

Member of editorial board of the Industrial Relations Journal in the capacity as Reviews Editor (2002-2004).


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