Dr Stephen Dunne

Lecturer in Social Theory and ConsumptionStephen Dunne

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 223 1079
  • Email: s.dunne@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 330, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building
  • Twitter: @stephenbdunne


Stephen studied Philosophy at Warwick University, Sociology at University College Dublin and Marketing at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He joined the School of Management’s PhD programme in September 2004 and became a member of staff in October 2007. He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Management at Saint Andrews University between January 2014 and January 2017. He was also based at Copenhagen Business School’s Management, Philosophy and Politics Group throughout 2015, where he continues to hold a Visiting Scholar position.

Research Interests

Stephen has published across a variety of academic disciplines, principally on Social Theory, Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics. He is currently writing about the relationship between Virtue Ethics and Individual Habituation, the role of Irony within Marketing and the rhetorical foundations of social scientific authority.

PhD Supervision

Stephen has supervised four doctoral projects to completion:

  • Marco Checchi - The primacy of resistance. Conceptual explorations between historical closures and contemporary openings (examined February 2017).
  • Nicholas Beuret - Organising against the end of the world: the praxis of ecological catastrophe (examined April 2016).
  • Thomas Swann - Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Left Social Movements (examined January 2016).
  • Charles Barthold – Resisting Financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari (examined April 2015).

He is currently working with Sylvana Botros’ project which analyses organisational conflict in Egypt. He is interested in hearing from potential doctoral candidates who share some of his research interests.



  • Branding and Communications (MBA and MSc)
  • Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance (BA, Year Three)
  • International Marketing Communications (BA, Year Two)
  • Management Tutorials (BA, Year One)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (BA, Year Three)


  • Buyer Behaviour (BA, Year Two)
  • Consumption, Society and Culture (MBA and MSc)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (BA, Year Two)
  • Critical Perspectives on Management (MBA and MSc)
  • Foundations of Knowledge (BA, Year One)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (MBA and MSc)
  • Principles of Marketing (BA, Year One)

Administrative Responsibilities

Selected Recent Publications

Dunne, Stephen, Grady, Jo and Weir, Ken (Forthcoming) ‘Organization Studies of Inequality, with and beyond Piketty’, Organization.

Barthold, Charles, Dunne, Stephen and Harvie, David (Forthcoming) ‘Resisting financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari: the case of Occupy Wall Street’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting.
Dunne, Stephen (2014) ‘Figurational sociology and the rhetoric of post-philosophy’, History of the Human Sciences, 27(3), 76-95 [On which see this blog post].

Beverungen, Armin, Stephen Dunne and Casper Hoedemaekers (2013) ‘The Financialisation of Business Ethics’, Business Ethics: A European Review, 22(1), 102-117.

Cluley, Robert and Stephen Dunne (2012) ‘From commodity fetishism to commodity narcissism’, Marketing Theory, 12(3), 251-265.

Book Reviews

Lee Constantinou’s Cool Characters and David Hering’s Fiction and Form (Extended Review on ‘Foster Wallace and Organisation Studies’, Forthcoming in Organization).

Lindsey McGoey – No such thing as a free gift (Organization, Forthcoming).

Wendy Brown – Undoing the Demos (Organization, November 2016).

William Davies – The Limits of Neoliberalism (ephemera: theory and politics in organization, February 2016).

Paul du Gay and Glenn Morgan (eds.) New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, Justifications and Dynamics (Organization Studies, February 2014).

Interviews and Roundtables

The Dark Side of Management: Gerard Hanlon in dialogue with ephemera (2017) ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 17(1), 175-188.

The Limits of Neoliberalism: an Interview with Will Davies (2016) ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 16(1), 155-168.

The Nature and Purpose of the Corporation: A Roundtable Discussion (2016) ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 16(1), 135-153 (with Sam Mansell, Martin Parker and Jeroen Veldman).

Making ‘Making Money’: A Discussion with Ole Bjerg (2015), Finance and Society, 1(1), 75-80. January 2015).


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