International Women’s Day: Celebrating researchers from Loughborough University London

As the University’s celebrations for International Women’s Day come to a close, we wanted to highlight just a few of the incredible women researchers based at Loughborough University London.

Here, we share their research, successes to date, and what inspired them to specialise in their areas.

Dr Andrea Geurin, Institute for Sport Business

Much of Andrea’s research focuses on women’s sport and last year, Dr Geurin published The Routledge Handbook of the Business of Women’s Sportfocusing on topics such as media coverage, marketing, leadership, legal issues and governance. 

She is currently working with an alumna she supervised to publish her dissertation in a journal as it dealt with the differences between fans of the English women’s national football team and the fans of the men’s national football team, as very little research has been conducted in this area.

Furthermore, Dr Geurin conducted a study with Dr Erin McNary about the inclusion of topics of diversity (such as gender, sexuality, race and disability) within sport management classes. The findings showed that women and people of colour were covering diversity topics in their curricula significantly more so than men (excluding men of colour).

Dr Anna Grosman, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr Grosman is an Associate Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London. She grew up in Ukraine with a long tradition of celebrating International Women’s Day. 

Before academia, Anna gained a wealth of experience in corporate finance and corporate strategy, working for Citigroup, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Georgia-Pacific. Her research falls at the intersection of corporate governance, corporate finance and international business, with a special emphasis on contemporary state capitalism, and corporate governance issues of state-affiliated organisations.

She is currently working on various research projects and also seeking collaborations in the areas of state firms internationalisation, corporate bailouts, health technology usage by the governments, political connections, corporate governance and sustainability for innovation, and topics pertaining to the Russian economy. Her work has been published in a number of journals, and she is the Co-Editor of a forthcoming Oxford University Press handbook on State Capitalism and the Firm.

Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Angela is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship. Her interest in entrepreneurship stems from her experience of building grassroots arts organisations in her hometown of Seattle, USA, where she was co-founder and Program Director for Youth Speaks Seattle, the area's leading creative writing and performing arts education organisation for young people.

Angela’s research interests are in the area of digital entrepreneurial activity, feminist philosophy, gender and intersectionality. Over the last four years, Dr Martinez Dy has been a co-founding member of the Decolonizing Alliance and the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom Collective, where she developed innovative and collaborative anti-racist pedagogy and practice for higher education.

She is also the Advocacy Lead of the University’s BAME Staff Network, and in this role supports the network in holding the institution accountable to its commitment to challenge racism and discrimination whenever identified. Furthermore, Angela has played a pivotal role in the work towards the University’s submission for the Race Equality Charter, and from her experience in this work led the design and proposal of the new LU Race Equity Strategy, EDI committee and EDI Advisory Forum, the latter which she will chair from Summer 2021.

More inspiring stories – from innovative research and awards to overcoming personal challenges – can be found on the University’s dedicated International Women’s Day website.

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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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