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 Doctoral Research Students

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'

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'

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

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 Eva 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 (external: Leicester) 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'

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'

Maggi Evans (2017)
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'

Abrar Alenzi (2017)
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'

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'

Doctoral students join a lively and supportive community of research students, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture. We welcome approaches from suitably qualified graduates, particularly those with a relevant Masters degree and sufficient funding, who may wish to undertake research projects in the specialist areas of the group, leading to a PhD.  As a research student, you will be encouraged to attend conferences to present your work and develop joint publications with your supervisors.

The Centre has great supervisory experience and is keen to supervise high quality research students in members’ specialist research fields. Recognition of the quality of supervision offered by Centre members has resulted in funding for doctoral students from Research Councils. For students interested in further information on potential PhD projects and supervisors, please look carefully through our webpages.