More talk than action: gender and ethnic diversity in leading public health universities

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From: The Lancet(Vol. 393, Issue 10171)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Article
Length: 330 words

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Summary Improving the career progression of women and ethnic minorities in public health universities has been a longstanding challenge, which we believe might be addressed by including staff diversity data in university rankings. We present findings from a mixed methods investigation of gender-related and ethnicity-related differences in career progression at the 15 highest ranked social sciences and public health universities in the world, including an analysis of the intersection between sex and ethnicity. Our study revealed that clear gender and ethnic disparities remain at the most senior academic positions, despite numerous diversity policies and action plans reported. In all universities, representation of women declined between middle and senior academic levels, despite women outnumbering men at the junior level. Ethnic-minority women might have a magnified disadvantage because ethnic-minority academics constitute a small proportion of junior-level positions and the proportion of ethnic-minority women declines along the seniority pathway. Author Affiliation: (a) Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK (b) Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK (c) Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore (d) Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (A*STAR), Singapore (e) Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (f) Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, Health-Care Research Group (GRECS), Institute of Biomedical Research of Lleida (IRBLleida), Lleida, Spain (g) Grup d'Estudis Societat, Salut, Educacio, Cultura (GESEC), Institut de Desenvolupament Social i Territorial (INDEST), University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain * Correspondence to: Assoc Prof Helena Legido-Quigley, Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London WC1H 9SH, UK (footnote)[Dagger] Joint first authors Byline: Mishal Sameer Khan, PhD (a,[Dagger]), Fatim Lakha, MD (a,[Dagger]), Melisa Mei Jin Tan, MSc (c), Shweta Rajkumar Singh, MBBS (c), Rina Yu Chin Quek, MSc (d), Emeline Han, MSc (c), See Mieng Tan, MSc (c), Victoria Haldane, MPH (e), Montserrat Gea-Sanchez, PhD (f,g), Helena Legido-Quigley, PhD [] (b,c,*)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A573199716