Personal profile

Research interests

I am Professor of Work and Organization Studies and Co-director of the research group on Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations (ARCIO). My work centres around ethics, politics and difference in work and organization. I have a particular interest in embodiment and how systems and structures of inequality, including those reified by climate change and narratives of sustainability, offer new insights into business, politics and society.

I am currently engaged in a number of research projects that draw on the intersections between structures of inequality, organisations and society, namely: critiquing and investigating the relationship between affect, language and corporeality; ethico-political resistance in activism and social movements; feminist methodologies; vulnerability and the politics of solidarity; and craft practices informed by new materialism.

My previous work has explored: the politics of writing; corporeality in physical labour under neoliberalism; dirty work and critical approaches to innovation. I also have a longstanding interest in using critical perspectives to teach and research leadership.

I am an expert consultant for INSPIRE - Horizon Europe Centre of Excellence on Inclusive Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (, a member of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Assessment College and affiliate of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute. 

I am co-editor (with Emma Bell) of the book series ‘Feminist Perspectives on Work and Organization’, published by Bristol University Press. I publish in journals such as: Organization Studies; Human Relations; Work, Employment and Society; Journal of Business Ethics and Organization amongst others. I am former associate editor and editorial board member for Gender, Work and Organization and currently serve as editorial board and strategic advisory board member for Leadership. I have co-edited special issues of: Organization Studies; Organization; Gender, Work and Organization; and Leadership.

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

External positions

Expert consultant - INSPIRE, HORIZON

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Bristol Poverty Institute
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Gender Research Group
  • Digital Societies
  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research


  • ethics
  • gender
  • difference
  • politics
  • affect
  • embodiment
  • feminism
  • craft
  • work
  • organisations
  • alternative organisations
  • precarious work
  • activism
  • Social Movements


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