Mohammed Ishaq

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Interested in those wishing to conduct research on the following areas:
1. Gender, race or religious equality
2. Equality and diversity especially in relation to UK public sector organisations
3. Immigration, asylum and refugee status

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Research activity per year

Personal profile


Mohammed Ishaq is a Reader in Human Resource Management with expertise in the area of equality and diversity.  With a background also in social sciences, Mohammed has engaged in multidisciplinary research over the past 18 years spanning the disciplines of sociology, politics, and the wider discipline of business and management incorporating HRM.  Mohammed has published widely in peer reviewed journals and conducted consultancy for the Scottish Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Mohammed essentially engages in research of a practical and applied nature with implications for policymakers, societies, organizations and communities. Mohammed is also a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has conducted research in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders both academic and non-academic including businesses, organisations in the public sector and third sector and voluntary organizations. Mohammed is a strong believer in research led teaching and teaches on courses that directly reflect his research interests and direction.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Equality and Diversity in the workplace, in communities and societies with specific focus on race, religion and gender. The key focus is on research that is topical, timely and attracts debate and discussion. Themes investigated within the aforementioned areas include: workforce diversity; discrimination and harassment; promotion and career progression; cross cultural management; recruitment and selection; equality laws and regulations; leadership; immigration; integration; and social cohesion.

Current research activities

  • Currently involved in preparing papers for submission to journals in relation to research and consultancy carried out over the past few years in the following areas: BAME staff experiences of academic libraries; Saudi students' perceptions of women's participation in the labour market of Saudi Arabia; and the views of ethnic minorities living in Renfrewshire. 
  • Also in discussion with academics in Saudi Arabia about grants and funding to conduct research in the field of gender equality in Saudi Arabia. 

Desired research direction

To continue to carry out applied research with a policy-oriented focus. I believe in research that adds value and can influence policy and practice especially in the public sector in relation to equality, diversity, immigration and social inclusion. Given the nature of the research, which spans across a number of disciplines, multidisciplinary collaboration is welcome and has already been a feature of the research conducted to date.

Target collaborative organisations

SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries)

Scottish Football Association

Renfrewshire Council

Chartered Institute of Management (CMI)

Ministry of Defence

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Other areas of research interest and on which I would be available for knowledge exchange include: cross cultural management; international human resource management; and issues related to asylum, refugees and immigration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Equality and Diversity Advisory Board Member, Scottish Football Association (SFA)

8 Jan 2017 → …

Director, PACHEDU

2017 → …

Fellow, Chartered Management Institute

Aug 2016 → …

Member, Diversity & Equality Alliance Renfrewshire

2015 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Policy making
  • JA Political science (General)
  • Immigration
  • Public sector


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