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Dulini Fernando (BSc Lancaster, BSc London, MSc LSE and PhD Loughborough) researches on highly skilled careers, diversity and inclusion, workplace mistreatment and work in multinational organizations. Her research has been published in an array of business and management journals (including the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Discoveries, Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Vocational Behaviour and the Human Resource Management Journal) and funded by the UKERC, ESRC, Midland Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, GCRF, EDICa Causus and IAA. In 2021, Dulini was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow to examine intersectionality in the careers of skilled refugees. Dulini’s research has influenced government policy and organizational practice and is cited in international media. Dulini worked at Warwick Business School from 2013 to 2021 as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Reader and at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2021 to 2022 as Professor of Decent Work and Productivity and Director of the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity. Dulini was external examiner for the BSc Economics and Management Program, University of Oxford from 2018-2021.

Research Projects/Collaborations

The work and career experiences of women with 
mental health issues in STEM research and innovation

EDICa Caucus funded by UKRI & British Academy (Principal Investigator)

With  Elina Meliou (Brunel) and Krystal Wilkinson (MMU)

The careers of highly skilled Indian corporate expatriates in the Netherlands (2023-24)

British Academy Small Grant (Principal Investigator)

With Mehdi Boussebaa (Glasgow) and Nidhi Bisht (MDI Gurgaon)

Ethnic minority careers in the energy sector (2023-24)

UKERC Networking fund (Co-Investigator)

With Mehreen Gul (Herriot Watt University Scotland)


Exploring minority ethnic doctors' career transitions in medicine: a life course approach (2022-25)

ESRC Transforming Working Lives grant (Co-Investigator)

With Etlyn Kenny, Joanne Duberley and Christian Darko from University of Birmingham


Minoritized Ethnic heritage employees’ progression to Senior Leadership (2022-25)

Greater Manchester Housing Project Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Co-Investigator)

 With Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University UK


Highly skilled refugees’ experiences in the UK workplace (2021-23)

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 

With Renaisi London


Highly skilled women’s careers in the Finance Industry (2020-24)

With Invesco Ltd and a doctoral candidate from Warwick Business School

Media Contributions


Carol Woodhams, Dulini Fernando and Yuanyuan Huo  “Migrant doctors and reducing pay gaps” Work in Progress Sociology. June 30th 2022.


Fernando, D., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "The problem of visibility for women in engineering, and how they manage it", Harvard Business Review. October 10th 2018.


Fernando, W. D. A. and Prasad, A. “How Managers, Coworkers, and HR Pressure Women to Stay Silent about Harassment”, Harvard Business Review. July 13, 2018


Fernando, W. D. A., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "What managers can do to keep women in engineering ", Harvard Business Review.


Dulini Fernando “The culture of silence that allows harassment in the workplace to continue”. FT Online. Tuesday January 08.


Fernando, D., Cohen, L. and Duberley, J. "How to help women sustain careers in male-dominated spaces", LSE Business Review


Dulini Fernando "The culture of silence that allows sexual harassment in the workplace to continue", The Conversation


Dulini Fernando “The rhetoric and reality of the work life balance agenda” FT Online. Wednesday March 28.


Dulini Fernando “Highly-skilled women, career progression and respectable femininity” FT Online. Wednesday January 10.


Fernando, D. and Cohen, L. "Karma may have a role to play in career progression, but it won’t break glass ceilings", The Conversation

Dulini's research has also been noted in the Guardian, Times Higher education, The HR reporter, Business Inquirer, The Irish Examiner, Globe and Mail (Canada), Hindustan Times (India: 16.27m visitors/month), Channel News Asia, HR Grapevine magazine, Business Life magazine, Real Business, Growth Business, Rathbones Review, People Development and Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh).

Research Interests

Highly skilled career progression, diversity, inclusion, voice, silencing, migration, widening participation, gender, minority ethnicity and religion in the workplace. Interdisciplinary research methods. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom

Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

BSc, University of London

Award Date: 15 Jul 2003

BSc, Department of Management Science, Lancaster University Management School

Award Date: 15 Jul 2002


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