the economics of intersectionality

A one-day workshop exploring the connections between economics and intersectionality, with participants from academia, business and policy communities.

the details

Our identities overlap. How should organisations deal with complex patterns of discrimination and harassment that emerge as a result? How are our economic lives impacted by belonging to multiple social groups?

Join us for this one-day workshop of in-depth analysis, discussion, and debate alongside expert academics and business leaders.

The audience for this workshop is intentionally wide; it is aimed at academics from across social sciences and humanities, as well as business professionals from across different industries and policy experts from government and the third sector.

Location: H B Allen Centre, Keble College, Oxford

Date: Monday 27 March 2023

Time: 09:00 – 18:00

Cost: £50

We invite interested parties to sponsor this workshop. Please contact if you’re interested in doing so.

economics, identity, power & intersectionality

We all have many social and political identities. The interactions between these identities result in rich tapestries of communities, evolving power dynamics, and complex patterns of discrimination. While economics has focused on single dimensions of identity (such as gender, race, or sexuality) and their effect on economic outcomes in isolation, it has so far failed to capture the multidimensional nature of identity and the interactions between identity dimensions such as race and gender. 

A more holistic approach to identity in economics leads us to the concept of intersectionality. This unique workshop will bring together ideas from economics and the broader social, political, and organisational sciences to understand how overlapping identities shape our economic lives. The workshop will feature talks and discussions by academics as well as business leaders.


the Schedule

9:00 – 9:45 Breakfast Reception

9:45 – 9:50 Welcome

                   Alex Teytelboym, Associate Professor of Economics & Director of OUBEP

9:50 – 10:15 Economics and Intersectionality

                    Jean-Paul Carvalho

10:15 – 11:30 Intersectional Approaches to Identity, Inclusion and Allyship
                     15 minute talks followed by discussion and Q&A

                     Felix Danbold, Liz Johnson, Ezgi Ozgumus

11:30 – 11:45 Tea and Coffee break

11:45 – 1:00 Intersectional Approaches to Systems, Organisations, and Markets
                   15 minute talks followed by discussion and Q&A

                   Sanaz Mobasseri, Megan Tobias Neely, Alicia Sheares

1:00 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch and Networking

2:00 – 3:00 Exploring the Implications of Intersectionality for Business and Social                                  Science                                                                                                                                                  A panel discussion facilitated by Kate Tojeiro

                   Laura Adler, Rachael Bartels, Tsitsi Matekaire, Aneeta Rattan

3:00 – 3:45 Breakout Session: Exploring the Intersections of Identity

                   Rachael Bartels, Stephanie Fox 

3:45 – 4:00 Tea and Coffee Break

4:00 – 4:45 Keynote Talk: ‘Not just identity: How Intersectional Approaches Help                                    Understand Organizations, Workplaces and More’

                   Adia Wingfield

4:45 – 6:00 Drinks Reception


Keynote speaker

Adia Wingfield

Adia is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences and Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. She has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Annual Review of Sociology, Gender & Society, and American Sociological Review.

She has served as President of both Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.


Watch Adia Wingfield’s Keynote lecture   



All speakers and panellists

Laura adler 

Laura Adler is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. Her research addresses topics at the intersection of organizations, gender, and cultural sociology with a focus on the future of work. Recent work explores how the interaction between organizations and pay equity laws has shaped employers’ pay-setting practices, using multiple methods including in-depth interviews, archival research, and survey experiments.

Other projects explore the world of work from the perspectives of workers, employers, and regulatory authorities. Her work has been published in Socio-Economic Review, Nature Human Behaviour, Annual Review of Sociology, and other publications.


Rachael bartels

Rachael joined Accenture in 1988 and became a managing director in 2009. Rachael Bartels is a client account lead, responsible for helping the world’s leading companies embrace change to create value for people, communities and shareholders. Rachael has over 30 years of experience in consulting, having led projects addressing sustainability, supply chain, business and operations strategy, and customer relationship management.

A dedicated advocate for inclusion and diversity, Rachael sponsors Accenture’s Women’s Executive Leadership program in Europe and has been a sponsor of the company’s Pride initiatives. Rachael is passionate about harnessing new technologies and process innovations to drive sustainability and business growth. She has been instrumental in developing new business areas for Accenture.

jean-paul carvalho

Jean-Paul Carvalho is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of New College.  His research lies in the fields of Political Economy, Social Dynamics, and the Economics of Identity and Culture. He is a board member of the Association for the Study of Economics, Religion, and Culture (ASREC) and the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam & Muslim Societies (AALIMS), core member of the Network for Economic Research on Identity, Norms, and Narratives (ERINN), associate of Theoretical Research in Development Economics (ThReD), and Editorial advisory board member of the Oxford University Press book series on Philosophy, Politics, & Economics.

felix danbold

Felix is an Assistant Professor in the Organisations and Innovation Group at University College London School of Management. His research explores how we define what it means to be a member of an organization or profession, and how this shapes resistance to diversity in these contexts.

Felix’s work has been awarded the Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division and has received press in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, Democracy Journal, and Jezebel.

stephanie fox

Stephanie is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting Practice where she advises clients towards higher organizational performance through talent strategies, analytics, transformation, and integrated research and thought leadership. Prior to Accenture, Stephanie was a Director at Apple, building and leading the global I&D function, integrating strategic analytics and measurement practices, and enabling transformational People practices for the company. Stephanie has her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, with a concentration in diversity, inclusion, and organizational development.

liz johnson

Liz is a doctoral candidate in the Organizational Behavior program at Harvard Business School. Her research explores how gender, race, and social class, and their intersections, shape workplace experiences. She received a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Education and Creative Writing from Skidmore College.

Tsitsi Matekair

Tsitsi Matekair is an experienced human rights lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization sector. Her specialisms include in Women’s Rights Programming, Law and Policy Advocacy, Strategic Planning and Organisational Development. A passionate advocate for human rights and sex equality approaches to law and development, her expertise is on violence against women, women’s political participation, access to justice, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.h




 e University of Nottingham and Bachelor of Laws (LLBS) rsity of Zimbabwe.

Sanaz mobasseri

Sanaz is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and the Faculty Lead for the Antiracist Tech Initiative at the Center for Antiracist Research. Her research investigates how organizational and social network processes shape race and gender differences at work. She does this by examining the roles of culture, cognition, and emotion in organizations using field experimental, longitudinal, and computational research methodologies.

Megan tobias neely

Megan Tobias Neely is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School and a faculty affiliate of Stanford University’s Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She studies rising economic inequality in the United States through the lens of gender, race, and class. Her current research investigates how social inequality influences access to earnings and capital in some of the wealthiest industries, including the hedge fund, venture capital, and high tech fields. Her latest book, Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street, examines why the notoriously rich and secretive hedge fund industry garners extreme wealth, why mostly white men benefit, and how reforming Wall Street could create a more equal society. 





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Ezgi Ozgumus

Ezgi Ozgumus is a PhD candidate in London Business School’s Organisational Behaviour PhD Programme. Her research examines gender inequality in organizations, with a particular focus on disparities across domains of responsibilities (e.g., unpaid labor within the home) and underrepresentation of minoritized individuals in professional settings (e.g., intersectional invisibility).


Dr. Aneeta Rattan is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dr Rattan is an expert on diversity in organizations. On one side of her research, she identifies organizational and leadership messages that foster greater belonging among members of underrepresented groups (e.g., racial minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals). In another program of work, she studies how the growth mindset can be leveraged by both individuals and organizations to navigate acutely difficult diversity moments, e.g. when someone openly communicates a stereotype or bias. Dr. Rattan’s teaching, keynotes, and workshops focus on the growth mindset, diversity, leadership, and motivation. Dr. Rattan publishes in top academic journals and translates her work to the public in media outlets such as HBR and the FT. She sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board of Sage, a FTSE 100 company.


Alicia M. Sheares, Ph.D., is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and an incoming Assistant Professor in the Management Science and Engineering department at Stanford University. Her research sits at the intersection of race and organizations with a specific focus on how Black professionals fare in the United States. Her current project examines the experiences of Black tech entrepreneurs, investors, and community builders in Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and numerous institutes at Berkeley like the Center for Race and Gender and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Alicia received her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and her B.A from Spelman College.

Kate Tojeiro

Kate Tojeiro an Executive Coach, author and media contributor with over 15 years experience working with FTSE 100, Fortune 500 and cutting-edge start-ups. In her coaching practice, both one-on-one and in groups, she mixes conventional and unconventional approaches, underpinned by latest in neuroscience. It’s her mission to help the leaders of today, and tomorrow, overcome fear, embrace their humanity and live to their fullest potential.

A regular fixture on BBC radio and a respected voice across the media, Kate works with leaders, teams and the next generation of rising stars. 

She is an associate faculty member of the Cambridge University Judge Business School and also a Fellow of the RSA.



Watch our video from the 2020 OUBEP Diversity Day.

the history

The history of OUBEP is in many ways the history of changing social attitudes towards business in Britain over the past 70 years.

OUBEP was founded by a group of business leaders during the period following the Second World War – a time of immense political, economic and societal change – “…to bring the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ from the public and private sectors together, to better understand modern economic thinking, and therefore the bigger picture in which they would one day operate.”

Over the last 70 years, OUBEP has evolved and adapted to meet the requirements of the modern world. However, to this day it maintains its foundational intent to bring together a gathering of bright minds to better understand and discuss the impact of the global economy, and to ultimately benefit business and society.