Dr James FreundLecturer
My research investigates how people cope with the joys and fears of living within organizations and macro-processes - especially Earth, financialization, climate change and Anthropocene.
(I am part of the editorial team of a forthcoming Special Issue of Organization called 'Organizing and the Anthropocene' - submissions by 28th Feb 2017).
Many organizations tacitly or specifically promise to protect people from macro-processes, whether they can or not. The public face of an organization created by employees and agencies is often dramatically different to images of it created by critics. Such image conflicts provide insights into the dysfunctional relations between people, organizations and the non-human world.
This post-disciplinary research combines ontology, Terror Management Theory and the psychodynamics of power.
BSc Psychology (Hull), MA Creative Writing (Lancaster), PhD Creative Writing (Lancaster)
I previously worked for civil society organizations Earth 2000 and Greenpeace, Titanium International, BT and FCB.
In my life as a practitioner, I worked on many initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of organizations and citizens.
These experiences gave me detailed insights into the ways in which financial growth imperatives and consumerism negate attempts to create resilient and sustainable ways of living.
PhD Supervision Interests
I would be happy to supervise research projects connected with the psychology of markets and sustainability. My former PhD student, Dr. Erik Jacobi, is now a Lecturer at Essex University, and I continue to co-author academic papers with him.
Journal of Business Ethics (Journal)
Journal of Macromarketing (Journal)
European Journal of Marketing (Journal)
Journal of Marketing Management (Journal)
- Centre for Consumption Insights
- Networks, Knowledge and Strategy