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Women's Leadership Initiative: research

Research is a core area of focus at the Centre and WLC is quickly becoming a world-class research group within the University of Cambridge. The Centre produces cutting edge, inter-disciplinary and practically relevant research on gender issues in businesses – large public and government corporations, SMEs as well as start-ups. The aim of such research is to both generate significant academic knowledge and to provide valuable guidance to organisations on new and innovative ways to unleash female leadership potential and promote gender-balanced workforce in their organisations and industries. Research produced by our affiliated faculty has won prestigious and highly selective academic and industry awards and has been featured in major global media outlets. 

Research themes


Our womenomics project is focussed around the issue of females in boardrooms and top management teams. Several academic research papers and white papers have been produced within this theme of research.

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Gender and social issues

A promising research stream on social issues facing women globally is being developed by researchers at Cambridge Judge Business School. This research centers of the intersection of gender equality and social issues.

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Female leadership in law

This project examines the factors that influence recruitment and retention of junior and middle-level female candidates in the top law firms in the United States.

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Research seminars

We've held a number of talks on the subject of women in business.

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Research in the media