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Dr Ola (Aleksandra) Thomson PhD (Bournmouth), MSc, BA, BA

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Research Associate

Dr Ola Thomson joined Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics in 2018 after successfully completing her doctoral programme at Bournemouth University. Her PhD thesis focused on women knowledge workers in the UK and how they experienced flexible work arrangements.

Ola is currently working as a Research Associate as part of a Horizon 2020 EU project, ACT, which is focusing on gender equality in higher education (HE) and research and innovation (R&I) institutions (

ACT seeks to advance gender equality at universities, research centres and research funding organisations by facilitating collaboration between experienced institutions in the implementation of gender equality plans with the less experienced ones. It aims to address common needs and improve assessment of gender equality in HE and R&I in relation to gender balance in career progression, gender balance in decision-making positions, and integrating the gender dimension into research content and teaching.

The ACT project is to set-up and support an international network of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as agents to develop gender equality actions at research performing and research funding organizations in the European Research Area. 

Ola's research interests lie principally in areas of gender in work organisations, gender equality, knowledge work, flexible work arrangements, work-life balance provisions, career theory, structuration theory, critical management studies and communities of practice.