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Dr Cheryl Hurst

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods

Director of Academic Tutoring for Undergraduate (Part Two) Business and Management Programmes

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  • Gender and Inequality, 
  • Diversity and Inclusion, 
  • Leadership and Decision Making, 
  • Qualitative Methods


Henley Business School building room 240, Whiteknights campus

Dr Cheryl Hurst is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods at Henley Business School with expertise in leadership, diversity, and inclusion.

Cheryl's research is at the intersection of workplace inequality and organisational behaviour. Her doctoral research examined how institutional leaders interpret gender equality initiatives and how these interpretations might influence equality-related workplace practices. The focus of the thesis was women's under-representation in senior academic roles and the programs designed to alleviate barriers to advancement. The research contributes to scholarship on equality and leadership, showing the disconnect between organisational goals and leaders' promotion of organisational action.

Most recently, Cheryl is a co-investigator for a project investigating inclusion at work. The project goal is to better connect academic work with the needs of senior managers. She is also working on a project with private businesses to advance their approach to diversity and inclusion to improve productivity, retention and wellbeing.

Cheryl has presented her research at a number of conferences, such as the Academy of Management (AOM), the British Academy of Management (BAM) and the European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS), among others.

Cheryl's teaching experience covers undergraduate and postgraduate modules in a number of areas, including management skills, research methods, equality at work, and diversity management. She is an alumna of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at the University of Leeds and is an organisational psychologist by training.