Centre for Professional Work and Society

Research students

SBE PhD student Gaby Wolferink

Gaby Wolferink

Research student Gaby Wolferink's work has focused on the effect of volunteering on communities

Current PhD Students

Abrar Alenzi
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Rothwell and Dr Louise Cooke
Dissertation Topic: 'The influence of personal connections on human resource management, knowledge sharing and innovation in Kuwait: The mediating role affective commitment'

Gottfried Catania 
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Dr Cheryl Travers
Dissertation Topic: 'The effects of goal-setting on (un)ethical behaviour in the Maltese financial services industry'

Rosamund Chester Buxton
Supervisors: Dr Nicola Bateman and Dr Ian Hodgkinson
Dissertation Topic: 'How does performance measurement inform performance management in UK public service organisations?'

James Uzoukwu Ejekwumadu
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Dr Cheryl Travers
Dissertation Topic: 'Employment trends and challenges of work-life balance in the Nigerian banking industry'

Hannah Evans
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Dr Ray Randall
Dissertation Topic: 'The role of personality in shaping work-life boundary management and mobile technology use among home teleworkers'

Maggi Evans
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Rothwell and Prof John Arnold
Dissertation Topic: 'Organizational talent, individual career, exploring the nature and role of formal and informal career conversations in the workplace'

Jamie Ferrill
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Dr Dan Sage
Dissertation Topic: 'Protecting the Protectors: Leadership, welfare, and engagement in front-line policing'

Thomas Harrison
Supervisors: Dr Iain Coyne and Dr Ciara Kelly 
Dissertation Topic: ‘Testing the relationship between work, happiness and performance’

Ami Sophia Harty
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Barnard and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'Parent-entrepreneurs: reimagining work-life through creative self-employment'

Sabrina Heimler
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'An investigation of sports careers as life stories'

Lynsey Hyslop
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Dr H McDermott (SSEHS)
Dissertation Topic: 'Sport as work: Careers of professional athletes'

Alka Lalji
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Ruth Hartley
Dissertation Topic: 'The phenomenon of self-employment: Behaviours which affect the psychological contract and then some'

Mark Langdon
Supervisors: Prof John Arnold and Dr E Selenko
Dissertation Topic: 'Assessing the impact of Jobcentre Plus adviser interventions enhanced through behaviour change theory'

Giulia Leghissa
Supervisors: Dr Dan Sage and Dr Dainty (Civil and Building Engineering)
Dissertation Topic: 'Making the zero carbon standard home: Understanding Project-Firl innovation in UK house building'

Karen Maher
Supervisors: Dr Nicola Bateman and Dr Ray Randall
Dissertation Topic: 'Analysing the links between operational effectiveness for the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and firefighters’ fitness and wellbeing'

Chrissi McCarthy
Supervisors: Dr Dainty (Civil and Building Engineering), Thompson and Dr Sarah Barnard
Dissertation Topic: 'The relationship between organisational justice and equality and diversity policies in large main contractor organisations in the UK'

Philippa McGregor
Supervisors: Dr Fletcher (SSEHS) and Dr Ray Randall
Dissertation Topic: 'Evaluating the impact of an emotion regulation intervention in elite Youth Development Football'

Chinenye Ogunde
Supervisors: Dr Crispin Coombs and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'Balancing Autonomy and control in the management of mobile workers: the role of mobile ICTs'

Divyata Sohal
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Dr Gillian Ragsdell
Dissertation Topic: 'Enhancing knowledge capability in virtual communities: Redefining the collaboration practices of English Institute of Sport (EIS) practitioners'

Nicola Tanner
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Dr Fletcher (SSEHS)
Dissertation Topic: 'Evaluating the effects of a combined mindfulness and physical exercise programme on well-being'

Sarah Todd
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Prof Christine Coupland
Dissertation Topic: 'Service manager role identities, perception of power and the impact on improvements through patient and public involvement'

Sara Turner
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Prof Laurie Cohen (external: Nottingham)
Dissertation Topic: 'A post-structuralist analysis of creativity, power and trust in the inter-organisational collaborations between entrepreneurial SMEs and large bureaucratic organisations in the video game industry'

Ghazal Vahidi
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Barnard and Prof John Arnold
Dissertation Topic: 'Representations of career in the printed media over 30 years'

Gabrielle Wolferink
Supervisors: Dr Dan Sage and Prof Karen O'Rielly (Social Sciences)
Dissertation Topic: 'This is not working: An ethnographic exploration of the symbolically violent nature of everyday unemployment and job searching practices'

Araz Zirar
Supervisors: Dr Clive Trusson and Dr Alok Choudhary
Dissertation Topic: 'Analysing the possibility of applying Lean administration in Iraqi Kurdistan'

Recent PhD Graduates


Sandeep Mysore (2016)
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Prof M.N. Ravishankar
Title of Dissertation: 'Innovations in outsourcing: The emergence of impact sourcing'