Inequality of Opportunity: Does Implicit Bias Hold the Key?

3rd Jun 2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Creative Edge

Despite efforts to deal with the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff at senior grades in higher education (and elsewhere), progress to date has been limited.

Drawing on his research, Professor Geoff Beattie will explore and discuss one potential explanation: unconscious and implicit bias linked to ethnicity in those making critical shortlisting decisions.

He will outline research from his book Our Racist Heart (Routledge, 2013), which examined the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and eye-tracking as an indicator of unconscious processing of the CVs of applicants. Posing the question: does this research, and other research like it, hold the key to persistent inequalities in the job market? And most importantly of all, what can be done about it?


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