Diversity in STEMM and Innovation

The Diversity in STEMM and Innovation research group brings academics from a range of science and humanities disciplines together with practitioners working in widening participation and career development to address inequalities in the sciences, both in higher education and industry, in the UK and globally. 

Across STEMM disciplines, there are significant, entrenched class, gender, ethnic and religious disparities in attainment and progression, which lead to reduced opportunities to enter professions and engage in innovation and entrepreneurship. This cluster takes a whole-system approach to understanding how such identities influence, and limit, STEMM-related public engagement, educational progression, upskilling and employment pipelines.

The cluster emerges out of ground-breaking research carried out at the University of Birmingham examining how cultural and historical narratives about science and society facilitate stereotyping and social exclusion. It extends this work, drawing on expertise from psychology, sociology, education and business and management, as well as STEMM disciplines.

In modern society, the term ‘science’ holds immense cultural authority, but it is also bound up with historical narratives and cultural practices that work to limit people’s interaction with science and technology, and inhibit the entry of talented people into some of the most socially important professions.

Dr Stephen Jones, Deputy Director of ISTEMMiCS

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