Search for a Supervisor

We warmly welcome enquiries from appropriately qualified applicants who are keen to register for doctoral research (PhD).

Please see the list below for a range of research topics that staff members of the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology are interested in supervising. We also have a selection of PhD topics for you to choose from.

I would be interested in supervising topics in the following areas: the social imaginaries that inform and motivate the deployment of new technologies in addressing problems of organisation/organising and social ordering more generally. Debates about human enhancement technologies, particularly in relation to the workplace.

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Project proposals relating to organisation theory, architecture and spatiality of organisations, materiality and organisations, embodiment, gender and diversity.

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I am looking to supervise students interested in the intersections between some of the following areas: economic sociology, science and technology studies, non-representational/affect theory, consumption/consumer behaviour, data proliferation/informational mobilities, digital methods, debt/credit/money, open access publishing

View Joe's profile

Please contact me to discuss possible topics for PhD research. I would be particularly interested in hearing from people with proposals relating to the professions and professional services, the globalisation of work and organisations, and business mobilities

View James's profile

Areas relating to behavioural and organisational ethics.

View Sarah's profile

I am interested in supervising Ph.D. students in the following domains:

E-Government and Public Sector Transformation;   Knowledge Sharing and Information Technology; Information Technology in Non-Western Contexts;  Information Technology and International Development;  Information Technology and SustainabilityManagement;  Donors and Non Governmental Organisations;  Impact Assessment and Evaluation

View Niall's profile

I am interested in supervising PhD students who want to critically explore themes such as disciplinary and post-disciplinary forms of work organization, forms and practices of organizational power, control and critique, processes of work- and profession-related identity and subjectivity constitution, or ethics and creativity at work.

View Bernadette's profile

I would be particularly interested to supervise PhD students in the areas of materiality and organisations, gender and diversity, technologies in the workplace, innovation processes.

View Lara's profile

I am interested in supervising students in subjects that are waste related or ideas surrounding the Circular Economy. More specifically, topics that focus on social, organisation and managerial responses, the negotiations surrounding values attributed to waste and waste as a particular type of work.

View Alison's profile

My research interests are centred on the place of discourse in organizations. I am particularly interested in applying Critical Discourse Analysis within the field of organization studies and have used this approach to investigate professionalization and strategic management processes. I am also interested in employment relations and HR areas of research.

View Pete's profile

PhD Topics

The below topics are examples of work undertaken by our doctoral students:

  • studies of the political economy of space in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
  • dignity in the workplace
  • use of mobile technologies and space in the work of IT consultants
  • a historiography of the role of socio-technical systems theory in the Calico Mills at Ahmedabad in India

  • a historical analysis of the role of philanthropy in India
  • an analysis of the professionalization project of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development
  • the role of financialisation in the management of lawyers within legal firms
  • emotional geographies and careers in the teaching profession
  • classification work and the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • information technology, sociality and disabled people
  • the role of geographic information systems in the formulation and enforcement of deforestation control policies in Amazonia
  • the ethos of business and the denial of the tragic
  • the organizing practices surrounding the management of electronic waste
  • sociomaterial orderings and configurations of a European eGovernment 'community of practice'
  • policy work in the implementation of government legislation in further education

Please refer to our research pages for more details.


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