Unconscious bias resources and references

Further information and resources on unconscious bias.

External resources

M. Banaji, A. Greenwald. Blind Spot The hidden biases of good people. Delacorte 2013.

Daniel Kahneman. Thinking fast and slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011

Nicola Gaston. Why Science is Sexist. BWB Texts NZ 2015

The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. State of Science: 2017 Implicit Bias Review, 2017

Online training

Cognicity offers an empirically research driven and industry validated approach to developing adaptive and inclusive organisations. They offer a range of on-line learning options, with the licensing fee available on request. Go to the Cognicity website. 

Kirwin Institute in partnership with the Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Ohio State University has developed a free implicit bias module series.

Three 30 minute introductory courses by SkillSoft; accessed through the University’s staff Career Tools portal.

Blogs and video resources

  • A video from the Royal Society about potential biases when making decisions. See Selection and unconscious bias
  • Four short videos from Cornerstone exploring; strategies to avoid bias, common biases and impact of biases, see Improve inclusivity
  • Creating a level playing field is a presentation with Prof. Shelly Correll (Sociology, Standford University, Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute). She discusses how stereotypes act as a shortcut in information processing and how to support other women. See Creating a level playing field.

University resources

Presentations and workshops on unconscious and implicit bias are available through the Equity Office - Te Ara Tautika.

Other resources are available to assist managers and academic heads ensure fair and equitable employment processes, including:

I, too, am Auckland

This video series is a student-based initiative at The University of Auckland. It explores  experiences and perspective provided by Māori and Pacific students across a variety of academic disciplines.


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