Mayra Ruiz Castro

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Ethics at Roehampton Business School, having previously held a position at Kingston University. In the US, I was a researcher at the Harvard Business School focusing on gender equality issues at work and at home. I was also a part-time Lecturer at Babson College and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender in Organizations (Simmons College) and Women’s Studies Research Center (Brandeis University). In Germany, I worked as a researcher at the University of Stuttgart, conducting an evaluation of mentoring programs for women in Germany, a project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). I received my Ph.D. degree from University College London.


Research interests

My research is concerned with equality and ethics in organizations and the professions.

Research interests:

- Data science as an emerging profession

- Data scientists' professional identity and ethical professional practice

- Equality, diversity and inclusion in data science

- Gender, race and class in organizations

- Intersectionality and career outcomes

- Career transitions

- Social reproduction

- Maternal employment and career outcomes

- Equality, diversity and inclusion in professional service firms

- Equality, diversity and inclusion in the Global South (e.g. Mexico)


My research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, including Work, Employment and Society, Organization StudiesJournal of Vocational Behavior and Gender, Work and Organization.


I have been the recipient of grants from UKRI (Strategic Priorities Fund); the Southlands Methodist Trust, the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), the British Council, and the Santander Mobility Grant Program.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Research Ethics Officer of Roehampton Business School.


I currently supervise three internal PhD students and one external PhD student (Hasselt University). I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students interested in the research areas outlined above.


Research projects

I am currently working on three major research projects:

1. The experience of dual-earner couples in London Boroughs during Covid-19 (funded by UKRI/Strategic Priorities Fund).

2. The career trajectory and workplace experiences of Latin American professionals in the UK (funded by the Southlands Methodist Trust).

3. Data scientists' professional identity and the sociomaterial dynamics of People Analytics (currently securing research funds!)

I collaborate closely with academics from the Harvard Business School, University of Bath, ESSEC Business School, IPADE Business School, Radboud University and Hasselt University.


Consultancy work

I work closely together with practitioners. I have advised corporations in Mexico on the implementation and evaluation of gender equality and work/life balance initiatives. I am currently collaborating with practitioners and activists in the UK to explore the experiences of ethnic minority professional women.



I am committed to forming ethical business leaders through my teaching. I have taught Business Ethics, International Human Resource Management, Leadership and Change, Organizational Behavior, and Qualitative Research Methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I have fully re-designed modules leading to improved student learning and satisfaction. I have also supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


Education/Academic qualification

University College London


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