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 Leicester’s then School of Management as a PhD student in September 2004 and became a member of staff in October 2007. He was invited to Saint Andrews University as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in January 2014 and was 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’s work analyses how and why the norms of market mediated relationships and non-market mediated relationships both compliment and contradict one another. The book he is currently working on delineates the rhetorical foundations of contemporary expertise and authority. It will be brilliant.

PhD Supervision

Stephen is interested in hearing from potential doctoral candidates who share some of his research interests. At the moment, he is helping Sylvana Botros to develop her proposal about how workplace conflict is managed in Egypt since the ‘Arab Spring’. Stephen has supervised four doctoral projects to completion:

  •  Marco Checchi - The primacy of resistance: conceptual explorations between historical closures and contemporary openings (Awaiting Examination)
  • 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 BartholdResisting Financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari (Examined April 2015)


  • BA Dissertation Supervision
  • Branding and Communications
  • Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance
  • Consumption, Society and Culture
  • International Marketing Communications
  • Management Tutorials

Administrative Responsibilities

Selected Recent Publications

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]

Harney, Stefano and Stephen Dunne (2013) ‘More than nothing? Accounting, business and management studies, and the research audit’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 24(4-5), 338-349.

Bradshaw, Alan, Norah Campbell and Stephen Dunne (2013) ‘The politics of consumption’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 13(2), 203-216.

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, Forthcoming)

William Davies – The Limits of Neoliberalism (Ephemera: theory and politics in organization, March 2016)

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


Dunne Stephen, Christian Garmann Johnson and Gerard Hanlon (Forthcoming, February 2017) ‘The Dark Side of Management: A Discussion with Gerard Hanlon’ ephemera: theory and politics in organization.

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

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

Dunne, Stephen and Øle Bjerg (2015) ‘Making Making Money: A discussion with Øle Bjerg’, Finance and Society, 1(1), 75-80.

Dunne, Stephen, Stefano Harney, Martin Parker and Tony Tinker (2008) ‘Discussing the Role of the Business School’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 8(3), 271-293.

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