our people

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The Centre hosts an interdisciplinary mix of academics, practitioners and professional services staff. A number of academic staff from across the University are closely affiliated with the Centre, increasing our reach and impact across all Colleges and professional services departments

Head and founding director

Prof Belinda Colston

Head and founding director

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Belinda is Founding Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre and Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Cultural Heritage at the University of Lincoln (UK). She specialises in the development and evaluation of EDI strategies and interventions, and their impact across the sector. Belinda has been the strategic lead for gender equality at the University since 2012, assessing best practice, and developing a range of sector-leading initiatives for the support and sustained career development of female academics in STEMM disciplines. 

Belinda is an established research leader, PhD programme director, facilitator of large multi-centre and multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects, and an experienced team builder. She is the Director of the EPSRC ASPIRE programme, which aims to deliver a web-based platform for building effective EDI strategies towards inclusive environments, and measuring the success (impact) of inclusion initiatives in terms of changing attitudes and behaviours. Academic profile

Director of Research

Prof Abigail Powell

Director of Research

Abigail is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Lincoln (UK), where she holds positions in the Eleanor Glanville Centre and as Consultancy Lead in the College of Social Science.

Abigail’s research is underpinned by her passion for social justice and equality. Abigail is an expert in the gender division of labour (in the home and workplace), with a particular focus on gender in male dominated occupations; youth studies; financial wellbeing and complex evaluation and impact measurement.

Abigail has published widely in sociology, social policy, management and industrial relations journals, as well as translating research findings for a range of audiences, including academics, policy-makers and the public. Abigail has attracted research income over AUD$5million working with, and delivering research for government, not-for-profits and industry, including for example National Australia Bank (NAB), Macquarie Group Foundation, Homelessness NSW, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, Good Shepherd Microfinance, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and yourtown. Abigail has strong leadership and relationship management skills and is an experienced project manager and mentor. Abigail is a mixed method researcher with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis.

Abigail is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) UNSW Sydney and has previously held positions at UNSW Sydney and Loughborough University. Academic profile

Director of Inclusive Development

Alison Mitchell

Director of Inclusive Development

Alison is an internationally recognised consultant working with senior executives, funders and research leaders in organisational capacity building, transformational change and talent development with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion in different research cultural contexts. She holds professional qualifications in management and executive coaching and enjoys developing leaders, individuals and teams, encouraging a systems approach to cultural change. Throughout her career, she has worked at senior level with a wide spectrum of education, business and government agencies, maintaining a strong commitment to enhancing opportunities for all in education, research, science and innovation.

Following a successful career in different universities, recognised as a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators, Alison became Director of Development for Vitae/CRAC, a non-profit educational charity, leading major national programmes for UK Research Councils and Funders.  The programmes involved accelerating the rise of researcher developers as a professional group, building networks for collaboration, and co-creating innovative training approaches and resources. The outcomes established researcher development in UK universities and positioned the UK as world leading in progressive professional development for researchers at all career stages.  Taking an international perspective on developing the next generation of researchers to meet global challenges, Alison has facilitated institutional capacity building in Africa, Australasia, South East Asia, North America, and Europe, working with research leaders and institutional champions, regional and national bodies, and research funders. 

Project Manager

Dr Nicole Fielding

Project Manager

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Nicole is responsible for managing many of the equality initiatives run through the Centre. With a PhD in heritage science, Nicole was a co-founder of the Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls, and is a keen advocate of promoting early science engagement through hands-on activities that are both challenging and fun. Staff profile

Research Fellow

Dr Mariana Pinho

Research Fellow

Mariana obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Lincoln, where she focused on caregiving fathers and breadwinning mothers, analysing division of work and family roles, sexism and gender ideologies, work and life balance related issues. Prior to that, she received her MSc in Psychology and wrote her thesis on the effects of marital status and sexual orientation on social judgements, exploring the gender belief systems and perceptions of homosexuality. Mariana has also collaborated in research projects related to the concept of Masculinity in the UK and Student engagement fostering inclusion and integration of international students in the University. She has also carried out policy analysis, impact assessment and evaluation studies of policy measures for different projects appointed by the European Commission and local government (mainly in the areas of gender equality, research and innovation and equal opportunities). Academic profile

Research Fellow

Dr Udeni Salmon

Research Fellow

Udeni holds a MA (Joint Hons) in English and Russian from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Computation from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Open University. Her research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery. Academic profile

Project Officer

Leila Lamoureux

Project Officer

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Leila coordinates much of the operational business of the Centre. She facilitates our events - from focus groups to international conferences - our training and support programmes, and builds our networks through staff and student engagement, and across the wider community.

Leila is currently studying for a Masters by Research in Experimental Psychology, with a keen interest in stereotype threat in children, in both literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Staff profile