Realising Aspirations? Gender, Ethnicity and Job Inequalities

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy

LSESU Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)


Dr Omar Khan

Dr Omar Khan

Professor Heidi Mirza

Professor Heidi Mirza

Samantha Parsons

Samantha Parsons

Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor Lucinda Platt

Esohe Uwadiae

Esohe Uwadiae


Nik Miller

Nik Miller

This event explores recent research on the occupational aspirations of boys and girls of different ethnic groups, with the first viewing of two animations on gendered choices and a panel discussion of the barriers that may prevent those from minority ethnic groups achieving their aspirations.

There are two elements to the event. The first involves the first showing of an animation relating to findings on the ways boys and girls continue to express highly gendered preferences about their future jobs. The animation will be followed by discussion of the challenges in changing stereotypes and expectations relating to “men’s” and “women’s” work among youth, and different approaches.

The second part of the event provides the opportunity for discussion of occupational aspirations of children from different ethnic groups and how they evolve across their childhoods. This is a previously unstudied area and the findings have been captured in a short briefing, available at the event. This shows that children from minority ethnic groups are not only aspiring to be highly educated but also to participate in ‘good jobs’ to a greater extent than their majority counterparts. Educational outcomes are tracking these aspirations, but job outcomes do not seem to be to the same extent.

How do we understand these findings? What are the factors enabling and preventing boys and girls from different ethnic groups from achieving their ambitions in adulthood? Panellists with expertise in education, women's rights and race equality will offer their perspective on the findings and will invite discussion with the audience on their reflections and on ways forward.

Omar Khan (@omaromalleykhan) is the Director of Runnymede, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank.

Heidi Mirza (@HeidiMirza) is Professor Emerita at UCL, is a black feminist professor of race equality and women's rights, and author of works on education and race and gender inequality.

Samantha Parsons is Research Associate at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL and works on adult basic skills, disability and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Lucinda Platt (@PlattLucinda) is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at LSE, and works on ethnicity, migration and inequality.

Esohe Uwadiae is a 2017 LSE Law Graduate and former Education Officer for LSESU. She currently works as a Senior Faculty Administrator for Regent's University London.

Nik Miller (@bridge_group) is Chief Executive of the Bridge Group. Prior to his appointment he worked in the USA, at the University of Warwick, and was most recently Head of Corporate and Alumni Relations at the University of York.

The Department of Social Policy at LSE (@LSESocialPolicy) provides top quality international and multidisciplinary research and teaching on social and public policy challenges facing countries across the world.

Animations (based on the research which was carried out jointly by researchers at LSE and CLS) produced by The Like Minded and Commissioned by The Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL.

Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSEjobaspirations

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