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My keen interest in inter-disciplinary approaches towards research has meant that I have been lucky enough to work with a variety of external bodies and stakeholders to ensure my work has breadth and impact across the UK and beyond.
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Research Interests

My background as a human rights/discrimination lawyer has informed and guided my research interests in academia. In particular, my focus is on developing socio legal research in the area of equality and diversity. In recent years my focus has been around the use of positive action to address underrepresentation on the ground of gender, race and disability. My keen interest in inter-disciplinary approaches towards research has meant that I have been lucky enough to work with a variety of external bodies and stakeholders to ensure my work has breadth and impact across the UK and beyond. Establishing the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity hosted by the Law School at the University of Chester has greatly assisted in achieving this vision (www.chester.ac.uk/FRED).

Latest / Proudest Achievement  

More recently, I have been privileged to partner with a charity called the Young Women’s Trust to carry out a research project looking at addressing gender segregation in apprenticeships using positive action in England. This work involved collecting data from the construction, ICT and engineering sectors to determine the barriers towards the use of positive action and how it can be developed into a more effective tool to address gender underrepresentation in segregated areas of the workforce.

The findings from this research were launched in a Parliamentary event in June 2018.  As a result of engaging in this work, I was then funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to carry out follow up work into the use of positive action in England, Scotland and Wales in relation to gender, race and disability. This report and the relevant recommendations were published in February 2019. My hope is that this work will assist in ensuring that positive action becomes a robust and effective tool to address inequality, disadvantage and underrepresentation across the UK and beyond in coming years.

Further information 

As above, in 2017 I received funding from the Young Women’s Trust to carry out research looking into the use of positive action to address gender segregation in apprenticeships in England.

This was followed up by funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to look at the use of positive action in apprenticeships in England, Scotland and Wales to address underrepresentation on the basis of race, disability and gender. 

The Young Women’s Trust report can be found  at:  https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/assets/0000/9389/Equality_at_work_Positive_action_in_gender_segregated_apprenticeships_-_Full_report.pdf

The Equality and Human Rights Commission report can be round at: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/exploring-positive-action-tool-address-under-representation-apprenticeships

Contact 

Chantal Davies 

Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity

School of Law

Faculty of Social Sciences

Email: Chantal.davies@chester.ac.uk

Twitter: @EqualityFRED

Website: www.chester.ac.uk/FRED or https://www1.chester.ac.uk/departments/law/staff/chantal-davies