2020 applicants

Alison Clarke

Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Business School
 Alison Clarke



My background is in legal journalism. Most recently I worked as the editor of a weekly, online employment law journal published by a leading firm of trade union solicitors; as well as the editor of a monthly, web-based employment law newsletter read by about 10,000 human resource managers. I have also written for the law and features pages of the Independent, Guardian and the Times, as well as a number of other journals such as the Law Society Gazette, the Nursing Times, Diversity at Work and Equal Opportunities Review in my capacity as a freelance journalist and editor. I am also the author of four books: Community Nurses and the Law, published by the MSF union in 1999 and Womens Rights At Work published by Pluto Press in 2001. I am the author and self-publisher of Maternity Pay and leave a guide for employers which came out in November 2004. And the co-author of A Guide to Equality Law published by the TUC in January 2005. I taught on BE425, Research Methods in Management and Marketing in the autumn term of 2016 and BE515 in the spring term of 2017. I presented a paper for my Master's dissertation topic at a Conference for Human Rights Research Students at the University of Essex in May 2014. I presented a paper on Adorno's theory of identity thinking and how it applies to gender equality in February 2017 at a seminar organised by the Centre for Work and Organisation Studies in the Essex Business School.


  • I received a BA in 1975 from Edinburgh University and an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management in 1986 from the London School of Economics

  • I became a Registered General Nurse in 1982 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1995.

Research and professional activities


Treading the boards: The underrepresentation of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies

In order to research the issue of vertical occupational segregation in the UK (whereby women are under-represented in senior positions and over-represented in more junior positions within organisations), I am drawing on the critical social theory of negative dialectics or non-identity thinking. Conceived by the 20th century German critical philosopher, Theodor Adorno, identity thinking is a form of thinking that "says what something comes under, what it exemplifies or represents, and wha

Research interests


Psychology of groups and organisations




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