Research and PhD

Research in the Department of Leadership and Management focuses on three broad areas: how employees learn, how leadership is developed, and how organisations can learn and develop over time.

It is characterised by its criticality, reflexivity and the integration of theory with practice – and, above all, by a desire to help shape the world in which we live.

In our work, we engage with contemporary debates in a wide range of disciplines, including organisation studies, education, cultural studies and sociology, to address key theoretical challenges as well as practitioner and policy issues in management. In particular, we have a strong concern for learning, development and engagement in what people do as well as for improving individual and organisational wellbeing and effectiveness.

Members of the department have been highly successful in obtaining research grants over the last decade, with income from UK and European sources totalling over £3 million. This includes ESRC funding and large-scale research projects managed and conducted on behalf of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.

While there is a rich heritage within the Department of using action learning and action research approaches and we have significant expertise in this area, we draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods as appropriate.

PhD opportunities

The PhD programme in the Department of Leadership and Management provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore issues around the topics of critical leadership studies, human resource management, OB, international management, learning and action research, and sociologies of work and gender studies.  We offer multiple viewpoints, including critical, cross-cultural, psychoanalytic, and feminist perspectives, which go beyond mainstream thinking in these areas of research and practice.  Emphasis is placed on criticality, reflexivity and the integration of theory with practice.  In addition to the wide range of resources provided by the School and the University we provide specifically tailored sessions and workshops to stimulate discussion and creative thinking.  Students are encouraged to become active members of the Department through contributing to the Departmental's seminar series.

The Department is home to a lively community of around 30 full- and part-time PhD students, drawn from all parts of the world and from many different working backgrounds.

See our PhD programme pages for details of what our programme entails, and our PhD graduate profiles for a sense of what our graduates go on to do.

Faculty studentships

A number of LUMS Studentships are available which include a fee waiver and a stipend of approximately £14,000 per annum. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Doctoral Studentship on their application form (under the section on proposed source of funding and in the personal statement) so that they can automatically be considered: there are no separate studentship application forms.

These studentships are available for all the PhD programmes offered by LUMS and for students of any nationality. This is a generous programme of awards, allocated on a competitive basis, which is intended to support promising researchers to undertake their PhD studies in LUMS. Students receiving these studentships will be required to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities.

Eligibility: all students
Deadline for applications: 26th March 2018