152 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Feminism, Diversity and HRD aims to enhance critical understandings of feminism, diversity and HRD theorization and practice in the global political economy. This involves addressing race, class and intersectional approaches to evaluating inequalities in society/organizations.

    The book will bring together cutting-edge analysis to offer a critical interdisciplinary overview of the feminism, diversity and HRD debates that are only just emerging. Crucially, it will offer new insights on the governance and policy-making dimensions of national HRD, and the gender agendas advocated by global institutions which are influenced by social justice themes.

    In this respect, the contributions in this volume offer more than just a tried and tested analysis of the political, knowledge and skill gap problems that face organizations and nation states. Rather, they are agenda-setting and forward-looking since they critically consider what the HRD solutions currently on offer are, and how they can be further improved. Thus, the contributions will cover theoretical and policy perspectives not previously covered in a critical text of this kind.

    Chapter 1: Introducing the Contours of Feminism, Diversity and HRD

    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe and Yasmeen Makarem

    Chapter 2: Women, National Human Resource Development and Subjectivity: Building the Capacities of Women

    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe and Yasmeen Makarem

    Chapter 3: The role of International Organizations and Women’s Organizations in Supporting HRD Interventions

    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe

    Chapter 4: Gender, Diversity and HRD Strategies for Enhancing Women’s Capabilities: A Global Perspective

    Yasmeen Makarem

    Chapter 5: A Critical Feminist Analysis of HRD: Examining Bodies, Visuality and Performativity

    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe and Yasmeen Makarem

    Chapter 6: Transnationalism and Development: Pathways for Resisting Decolonization and Empowering Women

    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe and Yasmeen Makarem


    Beverly Dawn Metcalfe is Senior Research Fellow in Women Leadership and Sustainable Development at ESA Business School. She has held Visting Professor positions at Monash, and Griffith University in Australia, Helwan University in Egypt and AUB in Lebanon. Beverly researches the management aspects of international development and social change, especially in MENA.  Her work addresses the intersections of culture and leadership, women's studies, and HR/public policy issues that are emerging in environmental, climate change and human rights debates. Her work focuses on feminist theory (especially Islamic feminisms), women’s empowerment, SDGs, and Human Rights. She is co-editor of Routledge text Women, Entrepreneurship and Development 2023; and is Series Co Editor for the Routledge Gender, Race and Diversity in Organizations.


    Yasmeen Makarem is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development at the S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Yasmeen has built a portfolio of work related to three core areas: (1) women in STEM and related career ecosystems, (2) critical perspectives on management studies and (3) inclusive HRM/D practices and policies. Her work's primary focus has progressively embraced an interdisciplinary and critical approach, considering multiple levels and paying careful attention to the contextual impacts of patriarchy, gender ,power, and cultural nuances

    “This text argues that feminist theory offers promise to not only address perennial concerns about access, inclusion and equity, but improved corporate performance. This is a valuable text for contemporary scholars of HRD, social movements, human development and economic sociology. Commentators have argued that human resource development is generally a poorly theorised aspect of organisational life. I think this book goes a long way towards remedying such malaise. We need more of this kind of quality heterodox scholarship.” Anthony M. Gould, PhD, Professeur titulaire / Full Professor, Université Laval

    “The book on Feminism, Diversity, and Human Resource Development is a highly commendable addition to the existing literature on the subject. It includes contemporary perspectives on feminism and diversity, National HRD practices, bodies and HRD and sustainability. Overall, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the intersection of feminism, diversity, and HRD.” Jawad Syed, PhD, Academic FCIPD, is Professor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

    “In the post-pandemic workplace where DEI (diversity, inclusion, and equity) is considered an essential source of sustainable competitive advantage, this book could not be more timely! Infused with global vision, fearless passion, research-based wisdom, and thought-provoking insights, this book is a must read for policy-makers, scholars, and practitioners who are serious about making the world a better place for women and other marginalized groups.” Jia Wang, Professor of Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

    “Feminist epistemologies make important contributions within the diversity and equity literature, yet we haven’t considered the feminist lens when developing HRD approaches aimed at improving historically marginalized communities. Consistent with multiple UN SDGs, this book offers readers with a critical understanding of how global institutions, NGOs, and MNCs approach corporate responsibility and social justice aims. The strength of the book lies with noted women development scholar Prof Beverly Metcalfe’s critical analyses of development work through a feminist lens.” Eddy Ng, Smith Professor of Equity and Inclusion in Business, Queen’s University, Canada, and Editor-in-Chief of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal