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Research interests

Nicolina’s research interests lie in the areas of Human Resource Management, Diversity Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Human Rights, Career Management and Organisational Sociology. She is currently looking at cross-cultural issues surrounding HR policies and practices and conducting research on work-life balance, human rights and diversity initiatives.

Nicolina is a member of the American Academy of Management and the Runnymede Trust.

She regularly reviews papers for a number of journals in her area and she is an ESRC grants reviewer.


Funded projects:

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF): Nicolina is Co-investigator on a large project commissioned by JFR, involving a consortium of researchers and practitioners. The team has been commissioned to carry out action-oriented, multi-site research in Scotland and England. The study will examine informal work practices and employer attitudes in relation to in-work poverty and ethnicity. The research will be carried out by academics and voluntary sector organisations and will involve case study research with employers and employees in urban and rural areas in Scotland and England. Stakeholders to involve include employer federations and forums, anti-poverty organisations, employability projects, local authorities, trade unions, and government representatives.  Value: £138,520 (ongoing).

Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS): Nicolina was commissioned as the Principal Investigator to conduct a feasibility study in Scotland investigating the need for an independent institute on race equality, active citizenship and human rights education. A wide range of stakeholders were involved, including Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), Councilors, Scottish government staff, academics in the area of equality and human rights and grassroot/community organisations.

Value: £10, 000 (completed)

Equal Opportunities Commission: Nicolina was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) as the Principal Investigator to carry out an investigation on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Women in the Scottish Labour Market. This phase of the project focused on Scottish employers’ perceptions and experiences of BME women in public, private and voluntary organisations across the country. Title of project: Moving on Up? EOC Investigation into the Participation, Pay and Progression of Minority Ethnic Women in the Scottish Labour Market. Value: £19,293 (Completed)

CEMVO: Nicolina Kamenou and Gina Netto (PI) were commissioned by the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations (CEMVO) to evaluate CEMVO Scotland’s Capacity Building Programme. This work was funded by Communities Scotland and it involved an assessment, through action research, of CEMVO’s Capacity Building Model in comparison to other models that exist in Scotland. The team researched the model for best practice and assessed its effectiveness and success by focusing partly on a diagnostic toolkit designed for the programme and used by capacity building officers to evaluate key areas of organizational capacity. Value: £13, 550 (Completed) Commission for Racial Equality Nicolina was commissioned by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) together with consultants at Smiths Gore consulting company (Dr. Jason Beedell [PI] and Dr. Chris Yates), to investigate Scotland’s ethnic diversity by analysing current trends and projecting future ones. The key objectives of the project were to map the demographic characteristics of Scotland’s ethnic minority population (both settled community and recent white migrants) and to map broad demographic trends over the last 15 years and to estimate future growth. Recommendations were made for improving the availability and reliability of ethnicity data. Value: £ 15,000(Completed)

School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University Internal Funding 2003-4 Second part of longitudinal study on diversity policies and initiatives in a retail organisation in the North of England. £3,000 (Completed) 2008-9 Human Resource Management in Africa: investigation of policies and practices in the Nigerian financial sector. £3,000 (Completed)

External positions

Cyprus International Institute of Management

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Selected Research Output 2001 2016

  • 12 Article
  • 8 Paper
  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Commissioned report

Ethnic minority women in the Scottish Labour Market: Employers' perceptions

Kamenou, N., Netto, G. & Fearfull, A., Sep 2013, In : British Journal of Management. 24, 3, p. 398-413

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ethnic minorities
Labour market
national minority
Human resource practices
Cultural values
Transnational corporations
Human resource policies

Capacity building in the minority ethnic voluntary sector: for whom, how and for what purpose?

Netto, G., Kamenou, N., Venugopal, S. & Asghar, R., 2012, In : Policy and Politics. 40, 2, p. 245-61

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

national minority

Ethnic minority women: A lost voice in HRM

Kamenou, N. & Fearfull, A., Apr 2006, In : Human Resource Management Journal. 16, 2, p. 154-172 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

national minority
business goal
cultural difference
human resources

Equality and diversity in employment relations: do we practise what we preach?

Holgate, J., Abbott, S., Kamenou, N., Kinge, J., Parker, J., Sayce, S., Sinclair, J. & Williams, L., 2012, In : Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 31, 4, p. 323-339

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

industrial relations
professional association
trade union

Work and career experiences of ethnic minority men and women

Fearfull, A. & Kamenou, N., 1 Jan 2010, In : Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 29, 4, p. 325-331

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle