Dr. Joana Vassilopoulou

Dr. Joana Vassilopoulou

PhD in Management (Doctor of Philosophy) / Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


Universität von Sussex
School of Business, Management and Economics
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Jubilee Building University of Sussex, Falmer
BN1 9SL Brighton, UK

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Beruflicher Werdegang

Dr. Joana Vassilopoulou is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the University of Sussex, School of Business, Management and Economics. Her background is in sociology, with a focus on culture and communication. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Germany, Dr Vassilopoulou was involved in several research projects, such as the project “The role of social proximity for the integration of ethnic minority families” at the DJI (German Youth Institute), Munich, Germany (the German Youth Institute is Germany’s largest non-university research institute devoted to the study of children, youth, and families). After her studies in Germany Dr Vassilopoulou worked as a Research Associate and lecturer at the Faculty of Social Science, University Duisburg-Essen. In her role as Research Associate she worked on a project titled “Diversity, discrimination and anti-discrimination in Germany” for the Ministry of Public Health, Social Welfare, Woman and Family of North Rhine-Westphalia. Dr Vassilopoulou was responsible for the development of the research methodology and she wrote five chapters for the final research report. The chapters examined the state of research as well as research gaps for Germany in following areas: discrimination, anti-discrimination, diversity management, gender inequalities, and the discrimination of ethnic minorities. In addition to her academic work Joana also worked as a Gender and Diversity trainer at the Department for Gender Equality for the Protestant Church in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

During her doctoral study at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, her work focused on why organisations in Germany are holding back to manage ethnic diversity. In this regard her study was concerned with race discrimination at work, race equality and diversity management. Also during her doctoral study, she worked in a research project commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), investigating Global talent management in emerging economies.

Her current research activities consist of two research projects. The first project is titled: Movers and shakers of talent management in the UAE for 21st century, funded by the FDC (Federal Demographic Council, United Arab Emirates). The second project is titled: How to retain talent? Understanding employment experiences of highly skilled ethnic minority Turks in Germany. This project aims to explore the life and work experiences of highly skilled ethnic minority Turks who left Germany and now work in Turkey.

She has published in edited collections and journals such as the European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Business Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Her research interests include the management of ethnic diversity, discrimination at work, race and racism, immigration and integration in Europe, gender and race inequalities at work, talent management, global diversity management and social and organisational change. 




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Eigene Projekte, extern

Understanding the habitus of managing ethnic diversity in Germany. Das folgende Video ist eine Zusammenfassung der meisten Ergebnisse dieser Studie. Bitte benutzen Sie folgenden link um zum Video zu gelangen


Academic Associate Membership CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).


Ausgewählte eigene Publikationen

Tatli, A., Vassilopoulou, J. and Özbilgin, M. (2012) An unrequited affinity between talent shortages and untapped female potential. The relevance of gender quotas for talent management in high-growth potential economies of the Asia Pacific region. International Business Review.

Al Ariss, A., Vassilopoulou, J, Özbilgin, M. and Game, A. (2012) Understanding career experiences of skilled minority ethnic workers in France and Germany. The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Tatli, A.; Vassilopoulou, J.; Ariss, A. and Özbilgin, M. (2012) The role of regulatory and temporal context in the construction of diversity discourses: The case of the UK, France and Germany, European Journal of Industrial Relations.

Vassilopoulou, J., Da Rocha, P., Seierstad, C., April, K. and Özbilgin, M. (forthcoming) International diversity management: Examples from the USA, South Africa and Norway. In: Cultural and Technological Influences on Global Business, IGI Global: Hershey, PA (edited by Bryan Christiansen).

Vassilopoulou, J., Özbilgin, M., Tatli, A. and Jonsen, K. (forthcoming) Multiculturalism in organizations. In Thomas, K. M; Plaut, V. and Tran, M.  (Eds) Diversity Ideologies in Organizations. Taylor-Francis. 

Vassilopoulou, J. (forthcoming) Diversity management in Germany. Klarsfeld, A. (Ed) 2nd edition of the international handbook on diversity management at work. Edward Elgar.

Özbilgin, M., Jonsen, K., Tatli, A.; Vassilopoulou, J. and Surgevil, O. (in press) Global Diversity Management. Oxford Handbook of Research on Diversity in the Workplace, Oxford University Press (edited by Quinetta Roberson).

Al Ariss, A., Vassilopoulou, J., Groutsis, D, and Özbilgin, M. (2012) A Multilevel Understanding of the Careers of Minority Ethnic Elites, in A. and N. Kakabadse (eds) Global Elites: The Opaque nature of Transnational Policy Determination. Basingstoke, Palgrave.       

Özbilgin, M. and Vassilopoulou, J. (2011) Relational Methods in Organization Studies, inJemielniak, Dariusz (ed.) Badania jakościowe. Podręcznik akademicki. Warszawa: PWN

Merx, A. and Vassilopoulou, J. (2007) Arbeitsrechtliches AGG und Diversity-Perspektiven. In Bruchhagen and Koall (Hrsg.) Diversity Outlooks. Lit Verlag, Münster, Hamburg, London.

Vassilopoulou, J. (2007): Gender & Diversity Changes Organizations, Fachkonferenz. vom 22. bis 23. Juni 2007 in Dortmund, in Femina Politica, Heft 2/2007.

Berendt, U. and Vassilopoulou, J. et al. (2006) Diversity, discrimination and anti-discrimination in Germany, Ministry of Public Health, Social Welfare, Woman and Family, federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


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Ein Projekt der Universität Duisburg-Essen und der Technischen Hochschule Köln. Dieses Projekt wurde von 2012 bis 2016 aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung unter den Förderkennzeichen 01PL11083A und 01PL11083B gefördert.

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