Katie Beavan

Katie Beavan

Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank
Ph.D. Candidate, Bristol Business School, University of West of England
WAPPP Fellow

Katie Beavan’s research is focused on how to (un)do gender in hyper-masculine cultures and accelerate the current slow pace of progress towards gender parity.


Katie has a long career of working in global financial services including roles at UBS Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley and Russell Investments. Her deep practitioner experience in cultural change, employee engagement, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion inform her research.

Her doctoral research is focused on how to undo gender in 24/7 hyper-masculine cultures, and create working environments that support gender parity at all levels, including the very top of the organization. Her work explores resistance to the dominant culture(s) and the development of working practices to disrupt the status quo.

Methodologically, Katie works with interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, including poetics, autobiographical and auto/ethnographic writing and feminist reflexivity. She is interested in how affect and the feminine can be written into organizational studies, contesting the masculine hegemony of the field, and used to evoke critical and ethical responses in organizational leaders, creating emotional motivation for change.

Katie holds an MA from Cambridge University (history) and a Masters from INSEAD (Coaching and Consulting for Change). She also trained at the Tavistock Institute in London.

Research Topic

24/7 hyper-masculinity: Portraits of afflictions, tales of resistance, hopes for living differently