Doctoral researchers

Thinking of doing a PhD?

If you're interested in joining a dynamic community of talented researchers from around the world to explore research questions that matter, we would like to hear from you.

Discover the topics we're interested in supervising PhD study in below.

Our research topics

Within the Work and Organisation group we are especially keen to receive PhD research proposals in the following areas:

Technology and organisations

  • Exploring the positive and negative features of digital technology at work; including innovation in personnel selection, changing employment relationship, algorithmic management

Changing practices of work

  • The expansion of atypical work: issues of precarious jobs, identity, meanings of work, changes in career patterns, changing professional occupations
  • Employee health and wellbeing; improving gender equalities, preventing bullying and enhancing dignity and respect, quality of work life

Societal and environmental issues

  • Citizenship, responsibility and sustainability: implications for organisations, management, employment practices, industry
  • Employee voice and participation in MNCs: advancement of mutual benefits and joint responsibilities for sustainable business and fair labour practices

Please feel free to browse our group member web pages to identify a potential supervisor(s), develop your research proposal, share this with the identified supervisor(s) and confirm they are willing to be named in support of your application. You are encouraged to ask for feedback from them to develop your research proposal. Then you should be ready to formally apply.

Recent graduates

David Achtzehn, The culturally aware entrepreneur: An investigation on the similarities and differences between entrepreneurial activities around the globe

Mona Adbelhady, Investigating organisational acculturation of Egyptian managers at UK business subsidiaries

Nick Beesley, Risk and the design engineer

Peter Beszter, The road not taken: Why has national collective bargaining survived in English local government? 

Christine Blackie, The career response of clergy in the Church of England to organisational ambiguity

Gottfried Catania, 'The effects of goal-setting on (un)ethical behaviour in the Maltese financial services industry'

Raysen Cheung, Career exploration of Chinese university students in Hong Kong

Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Consuming work and managing employability: Students’ work orientations and the process of contemporary job search

Mike Clark, Growth and generativity among men in middle and later career

Andy Cope, 'E-learning - who's best suited to it and why?'

Sarah Cromie, Who's whose responsibility is it anyway? Negotiating the responsibility of foreign business investing within the Indian retail sector

James Uzoukwu Ejekwumadu, 'Employment trends and challenges of work-life balance in the Nigerian banking industry'

Hannah Evans, 'The role of personality in shaping work-life boundary management and mobile technology use among home teleworkers'

Maggi Evans, 'Organizational talent, individual career, exploring the nature and role of formal and informal career conversations in the workplace'

Mick Fryer, Ethics and leadership

Jane Glover, Why do dairy farmers continue to farm?

Kay Harness, Evaluating an enhanced model of careers guidance

Amanda Harrington, Numbers, words and anonymity in 360 degree feedback: a qualitative study

Thomas Harrison, ‘Testing the relationship between work, happiness and performance’

Ruth Hartley, The influence of individual, organisational, and industry characteristics on the frequency of accident and prevalence of unsafe behaviour

Ami Sophia Harty, 'Parent-entrepreneurs: Reimagining work-life through creative self-employment'

Sabrina Heimler, 'An investigation of sports’ careers as life stories'

Lynsey Hyslop, 'Sport as work: Careers of professional athletes'

Karen Maher

Zhe Jiang, Collective mobilizations among immigrant workers in low-skilled sectors: A study of community organizing of immigrant workers in the UK

Lia Loukidou, Boredom at work

Ofelia Palermo, Impacts of the introduction of new control mechanisms in a regional probation service

Sarah Todd, 'Service manager role identities, perception of power and the impact on improvements through patient and public involvement'

Clive Trusson, Resigned robots and aspiring artisans: A conceptualisation of the IT service support worker

Sara Turner, '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'

Gabrielle Wolferink, This is not working: An ethnographic exploration of the symbolically violent nature of everyday unemployment and job searching practices