Ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged groups in engineering: a UK and Germany comparative study
Prof. Dr. Monika Huesmann
Dr. Moira Calveley, University of Hertfordshire
Dr. Joana Vassilopoulou, Brunel Business School, Brunel University London
Dr. Cynthia Forson, Lancaster University Ghana
Dr. Paul Smith, University of Hertfordshire
Funding Body / Own Project
This qualitative research project, will build upon a previous UK study which explored the issues and challenges faced by black and minority ethnic (BME) people and those from socio-economically disadvantaged (SED) backgrounds in the engineering profession (Forson et al 2014). The research found that those from BME and SED backgrounds struggled to get in, and get on, within engineering organisations, often facing discriminatory practices in the recruitment and selection process. The findings were disseminated in a number of ways, including at a workshop at the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Research Seminar in the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL). The aim of this research is to replicate the data collection from the UK study in Germany in order to consider the similarities and differences faced by BMA and SED individuals in an environment where engineering is viewed as a prestigious profession.