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Research interests


Anita's research is broadly themed around social justice in organisational studies. The main focus of her research is on co-operatives and credit unions as alternative forms of organising, which offer a counternarrative to austerity, marketisation and the rise of precarious work. Related to this overarching theme of social justice, she also researches non-profit organisations, community activism and volunteering processes. Her work is informed by Foucault and discourse analysis, with an emphasis on issues of identity and subjectivity, power and control.

She is currently working on projects about union co-ops, the history of co-ops in Bristol, Irish credit unions' response to Covid-19 and the development of Bristol co-operatives and community benefit societies. 

Postgraduate research:

Anita welcomes queries from PhD students who want to undertake qualitative research related to co-operatives, the social solidarity economy, and alternative forms of organising.

External positions

Editor, Journal of Co-operative Studies

Jan 2023 → …

External examiner, University College Dublin

Sept 2020Sept 2023

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
  • MGMT theme Inclusive Economy
  • MGMT theme Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • MGMT theme Work Futures


  • Co-operatives
  • Credit unions
  • Alternative forms of organising
  • Volunteering


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