That’s what campaigners in the UK are calling for, based on studies like the following:
Researchers commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions sent nearly 3,000 applications for 987 vacancies under false identities, using the names Nazia Mahmood, Mariam Namagembe and Alison Taylor. Each had similar experience and qualifications, and had British education and work histories.
But the results, published earlier this year, showed that applicants who appeared to be white had to send nine applications before receiving an invitation to interview or an encouraging telephone call while candidates with the “foreign” sounding names had to send 16 applications before receiving a similar response.
Apparently France is already conducting a government-led test of anonymous recruitment, and British Petroleum has started using it.
It’s a bit hard to see how this would work in academia, given the importance of publications. But what do you think?