Call for Papers: Diversity and Work Atmosphere in Research Organisations

For an edited collection, we ask you to submit contributions that present empirical findings of a qualitative or quantitative nature on the relationship between an individual's diversity characteristics and his or her perception of working environment in research organisations worldwide.

Contributions are welcomed that show, 

 (1) how being perceived as or identifying as belonging to particular social categorizations and identities (gender, race, sexuality, religion, dis/ability, nationality, parenthood, etc.), influences employees experience and perception of their working atmosphere and culture (including the relationship to superiors), in particular experiences of bullying, discrimination and harassment in research workplaces;

(2) how the specific framework conditions in research organisations, e.g. different disciplinary cultures, fixed-term employment relationships or gender relations at the workplace, affect the relationship between the characteristics of an individuum and its perception of working atmosphere; and

(3) what measures are effective to successfully support the integration of a diverse workforce into research institutions.


The edited collection has a special interest in contributions discussing phenomena of bullying, discrimination and harassment in research environments. In general, contributions on group atmosphere, leadership culture or organisational commitment are welcomed. Only contributions that deal with the working environment of research organisations are relevant. A broad understanding of research organisations is applied, encompassing universities, private research departments and institutions, and other non-university research. In the case of universities, only results on the employees are to be considered, not those exclusively on students. Preference is given to contributions that take an intersectional approach. This refers to contributions that deal with interaction effects between different social categories. Exemplary questions are whether harassment particularly affects women scientists of foreign origin or if all scientists with children or only male scientists benefit from a work-life-balance measure?


Please send your abstract (200 - 300 words) to Dr. Clemens Striebing at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering ( by 22 April 2020. In the abstract, explain the research question, relevance and data used. A scopus listing for each individual contribution is aimed at.



Deadline Abstracts - 22 April 2020

Feedback Abstracts - until 15 May, 2020

Deadline Manuscript & Start Review – 30 September, 2020