Dr Diane Harris

Research Associate

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As the great granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter, niece, wife, mother and aunt of engineers, I feel duty bound to investigate the current situation where only 9% of practising professional engineers in the UK are women (Women’s Engineering Society, 2016).  My uncle published a book about my great grandfather’s exploits with steam locomotives when he started working at Crewe in 1866 (Burgess, 1983) and I feel that many people still perceive engineering in this way.  Consequently engineering is not viewed as a twenty-first century occupation (particularly for women) and the innovative and life-changing work of today’s engineers is not appropriately assigned to the world of engineering.

Futures in Engineering: Informing Policy and Practice and Developing Future Research Agendas via Existing Research

Working with Dr Maria Pampaka, we have been awarded funding by the ESRC IAA to inform policy and practice so that changes can be made to current approaches to the recruitment and retention of engineering students and practising engineers. This will be achieved by reflecting on evidence from our previous and ongoing studies with various groups including industry, academia, schools and interested networks and individuals.

Website: www.researchingfuturesinengineering.com

Poster:   http://www.researchingfuturesinengineering.com/files/Futures%20in%20Engineering%20Flyer%2010%20April%202018.pdf


Burgess, H.C.H. (1983). Working with LMS Steam. Cornwall: Bradford Barton Ltd.

Women’s Engineering Society (2016). Women in Engineering Statistics. Stevenage: Women’s Engineering Society.

Further information

Highly Commended in the Research Staff Strategy Group Excellence Awards for the Best Outstanding Contribution to the Research Environment by Research Staff.

External positions

Committee Member, Engineering Professors' Council Recruitment and Admissions Committee

11 Jun 2014 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Education, Questioning and Cohesion in Early Years Science Discourse, The University of Manchester
  • 2003 - Master of Science, MSc in Educational Research, The University of Manchester
  • 2003 - Master in Science, MSc in Science (with distinction), The Open University

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