We use workforce and student data to pinpoint barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion within an organisation. The same data also helps us track our progress in removing those barriers.

However, collecting diversity data—particularly to enable intersectional analysis—often requires asking individuals to provide potentially sensitive information about themselves. Organisations have an obligation to ensure that they are capturing and responding to these data in an ethical manner.

In this webinar, we ask three experts in data ethics and research methods to explain:

  • what kinds of data we should collect and why;
  • how we can maximise participation, minimise invasiveness and be respectful in our data collection;
  • how we should communicate the value proposition for disclosing personal data; and
  • the ethical and legal considerations around collecting diversity data.

Their presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.



Tuesday 23 August, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm AEST

A recording of the webinar will be posted on the website after the event.


Online via Zoom


Trinity McNicol

Data Strategy and Governance Team, University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Jay Phillips

Head of School, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, Charles Sturt University.

Associate Professor Dominique Allen

Director, Labour, Equality and Human Rights research group, Monash University.

Preparing for the session

To get the most out of this session, we recommend that you take a look at the UQ Enterprise Data Ethics Handbook and read these articles beforehand:

You can also use the Individual Learning Plan [DOCX 324 kB] to help you reflect on what you’ve learned after each session. The learning plan is for your own reference only, and is not compulsory or assessable.

About the series

The Intersectionality Series provides institutions with practical support to take an ethical, intersectional approach to their gender equity, diversity and inclusion work. The series combines webinars from expert academics, researchers and practitioners with community-driven Reflection in Practice sessions.

To learn more about other events in the series, visit the Intersectionality Series overview page.


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