Elisabeth Kelan

Elisabeth Kelan


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Research interests

Gender at work; diversity in the workplace; technologies; young professionals; ethnography; discourse analysis.

Biographical details

Dr Elisabeth Kelan is a Reader in Work and Organisation in the Department of Management at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s, she was Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School. She worked at the University of Zurich and at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she also received her PhD.

Dr Kelan is an expert on women in business, generations in organizations, corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion. Her research focuses on identities at work, particularly gender identities and generational identities. She has published two books (Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management.

Her research has been recognized through various academic and practitioner awards. She is also regularly providing thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, as well as the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation.

She has published research on best practice for women in business, on the business case for gender diversity in relation to innovation and on the intersectionality between gender and generation. She has also worked extensively on performative gender theories at work, gender in knowledge-intensive professions and coined the term ‘gender fatigue’.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, LSE London School of Economics & Political Science

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


  • HM Sociology
  • gender
  • diversity
  • inclusion
  • women
  • management


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