TTF Book Club: “Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn’t Fair and Diversity doesn’t Work” with Dr Louise Ashley


Tuesday, October 31st from 6pm-7:30pm GMT


Online via Zoom.


There'll be a "fireside" style chat with the author plus ample scope for discussion and debate.

We are pleased to be joined by the Author...

Dr Louise Ashley is senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, and a Fellow of its Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.

She specialises in researching diversity and inclusion in large multinational organisations and ‘elite’ occupations with a particular focus on social mobility and class.

Dr Ashley has published articles in leading academic journals and her research has been widely covered in media, both in the UK and internationally. Her recently published book, Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn’t Fair and Diversity Doesn’t Work, explores why City firms generate class and gender inequalities, how they benefit, and what they can do in response.


About the book

Why does the City of London, despite an apparent commitment to recruitment and progression based on objective merit within its hiring practices, continue to reproduce the status quo?

Written by a leading expert on diversity and elite professions, this book examines issues of equality in the City, what its practitioners say in public and what they think behind closed doors.

Drawing on research, interviews, practitioner literature and internal reports, it argues that hiring practices in the City are highly discriminating in favour of a narrow pool of affluent applicants, and future progress may only be achieved by the state taking a greater role in organisational life. It calls for a policy shift at both the organisational and governmental level to address the implications of widening equality in the UK.

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