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Breaking barriers to better
using knowledge from academia

Thought-provoking content & free research

We'll be regularly sharing new content focusing on some of the key barriers to being an inclusive society for all, which were uncovered in our Global inclusivity report.

Below, you'll find blogs, podcasts, and interviews from experts in their fields. There's also a rolling programme of free research published by Emerald; this content will be updated regularly. The current theme focuses how we can break down some of the barriers that exist within academia, and in particular, the research community – these could be knowledge exchange, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, making research simpler to understand, or looking at what it is like to work in academia, and the cultural issues within the system. At this time we are shining a spotlight on how co-creation and collaboration can help drive real change, fuelled by the power of diverse voices and viewpoints.

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Articles, podcasts & interviews

We've collaborated with a number of authors around the world to create articles, videos and podcasts as part of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity. This content is collated into themes, which are updated every month. The current theme focuses on breaking down the barriers to better via knowledge from academia.

Interdisciplinary Research Project: gender equality & democracy in Morocco

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Mobilising knowledge through social media: getting the right ideas to the right people

Scott Taylor

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Using action research to make real impact in a community development project

Sapna A. Narula

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The purpose-driven university

Debbie Haski-Leventhal

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An open letter to the leaders of HBCUs: How to sustain and support a successful future

Johnny D. Jones

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Participatory design with autistic adults – involving, supporting and empowering communities

Marc Fabri

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We need an academic revolution

Nicholas Maxwell

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Out of Africa: A crusade against prejudice on the path to parity

Mark Karake

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Research content

Read research content that we've made available for free (or as a promotional offer) for a limited period to support this theme.

Mission-led content

Ashley Lewis

Ashley – PGR student, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham – discusses mission-led content.

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Action-research – helping companies respond to modern slavery legislation

Dr Amy Benstead

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Horizontal collaboration in response to modern slavery legislation: An action research project

Amy V. Benstead, Linda C. Hendry, Mark Stevenson

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Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership

Diana Bilimoria and Lynn T. Singer

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Academia and the World Brain: The role of academia in society considered as a higher-order cognitive system

German Ulises Bula, Sebastián Alejandro González

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The impact of business schools in transforming the society case: AUC School of Business

Sherif Kamel

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Consortia activity in academic libraries: Anti-competitive or in the public good?

Catherine Maskell

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Compliance and Defiance: Michigan Publishing’s Early Encounters with Research Impact Metrics

Rebecca ;Welzenbach, Charles Watkinson

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Can subaltern professors speak?: examining micro-aggressions and lack of inclusion in the academy

Pierre W. Orelus

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The right to be included: Ensuring the inclusive learning and work environment for people with disabilities in academia

Keren Dali

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The lived experience of toxic leadership in Irish higher education

Declan Fahie

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Academic mothers as ideal workers in the USA and Finland

Marjukka Ollilainen

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Reconstructing my identity: An autoethnographic exploration of depression and anxiety in academia

Elaine Campbell

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Accelerated two-year degrees in the UK: potential impact on student mental health

Dieu Hack-Polay, Magdalena Read

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Higher Educational Engagement in Economic Development in Collaboration With Corporate Powerhouses

Michael W-P Fortunato, Theodore R. Alter, Morgan R. Clevenger, Cynthia J. MacGregor

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Feminist Leadership in the Academy: Exploring Everyday Praxis

Kris De Welde, Marjukka Ollilainen, Catherine Richards Solomon

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“She Don’t [does not] Belong Here:” Silver Linings amid the Ivory Tower

Eveldora Wheeler

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Tapping into the assets of first-generation students during times of transition

Africa S. Hands

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Universities in the Early Decades of the Third Millennium: Saving the World from Itself?

George Richard Lueddeke

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Rise in higher education researchers and academic publications

School of Business, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao SAR, China

Emerald Open Research

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Open Access in low- and middle-income countries: attitudes and experiences of researchers

Andy Nobes

Emerald Open Research

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Global inclusivity report

As part of our ever-evolving understanding of what inequality feels like and how we may start to tackle it, we’ve commissioned a global report on inclusivity; this is a small step in understanding the challenges people face and that we must face into in order to create a fairer, more inclusive society.

Read the report