Professor Jason Hughes

Professor

BSc, PhD (Leicester)

Room: Attenborough Tower 304
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2734
Email: jason.hughes@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BSc, PhD

I continue to act as an external examiner for programmes in human resource management including the BSc in HRM at the University of Mauritius; and (formerly) the Diploma and Certificate programmes in HRM at the University of Hong Kong. I have also previously served as external examiner for sociology programmes at the University of Ulster.

I am currently a member of the External Affairs Group of the British Sociological Association where I work with the BSA's President, Director, Chair, Vice Chair, Honorary Vice President, among others, responding to consultations from the government, HEFCE, the ESRC, and so forth I am also Head of Department.

I have previously acted as guest editor for the journals Crime, Media and Culture and The Journal of Workplace Learning. I previously served on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society, and I am currently a member of the editorial board for Historical Social Research. In late 2013 I became chair of the editorial board for Human Figurations.

I am a member of the Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective research network convened from the University of Cambridge [Click on this link to go to the Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective Research Network web page], the Moral Panics Research Network based at Brunel University [Click on this link to go to the Moral Panics Research Network web page] and the Figurational Research Network based in The Netherlands. [Click on this link to go to the Figurational Research Network web page]

Successful grants/consultations

  • 'Adolescent Vaping Careers'. Principal Investigator, Funded by Cancer Research UK. C60744/A23882. FEC Value of £278,321.17. Commencing 1/5/2017.
  • ‘The Regulation of E-Cigarettes in and Around Organisational Lives’. Co-Investigator (PI Dr Charlotte Smith, Leicester Business School). Funded by Cancer Research UK. C60666/A23885. FEC value of £102,246.83. Commencing 1/5/2017.
  • 'Social media use and adolescent mental health. A preliminary qualitative exploration of the potential use of social media for promoting mental health and wellbeing among 12–18 year olds'. Funded by the Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Research Expenses Scheme. 019393/Z/15/Z. Co-Investigator (PI, Dr Michelle O'Reilly, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester). £4160. Commenced 15/1/2016. In relation to this project, see the recent publication of our written evidence by the House of Common's Health Committee inquiry:
  • Project with Professor John Goodwin (Leicester): Return to Winston Parva: A Re-study of Established and Outsider Relationships. Co-funded University of Leicester College of Social Sciences Research Development fund and Brunel University, Social Science QR fund. £1395, awarded 2012. Project to undertake restudy of Elias and Scotson’s ‘Established and Outsiders’ in Leicester region.
  • Co-Investigator with Professor Ruth Simpson and Dr Natasha Slutskaya (both Brunel). 'Dirty Work': Managing 'Taint' in the Retail Meat Trade. Funded by British Academy, £7500, awarded 2011. Project involving depth interviews, photo-elicitation, plus narrative reconstruction with some fifty participants.
  • Project with Dr John Goodwin (Leicester): The Sociological Legacy of Ilya Neustadt. Co-funded by CLMS, University of Leicester and Brunel University. £3000, awarded 2010.
  • Consultant for Prof. Alan Felstead and Nick Jewson, Cardiff University for ESRC Learning at Work project. High-Performance Work Practices review. £4000, awarded October 2007.
  • Consultant to Sage Publications on Web 2.0 and virtual learning environments.
  • Consultant for World Employment Reports, International Labour Office, 2004.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

  • Supervision of Masters and PhD theses
  • Distance Learning PhD Module 1 Convenor

 

Publications

Books

  • Goodwin, J., Hughes, J. and Hughes, K. (eds) (forthcoming) Contemporary Approaches to Ethnographic Research, four volumes, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series. London: Sage.

Journal articles

  • Hughes, K., Goodwin, J. and Hughes, J. (2016) 'Documenti e reperti umani come figurazioni'. CAMBIO: Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali – Journal of Social Transformations, 6(11): 123–138. http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/cambio-18788
  • Goodwin, J., Hughes, J. and O'Connor, H. (2016) 'Return to Winston Parva: Starting to Reconstruct The Established and the Outsiders ‘From the Margins’. Historical Social Research, 40(1): 8–18.
  • Hughes, J. and Goodwin, J. (2016) 'Established–Outsider Relations and Figurational Analysis'. Historical Social Research, 40(1): 7–17.
  • Hughes, J., Simpson, R., Slutskaya, N., Simpson, A. and Hughes, K. (2016) 'Beyond the Symbolic: A Relational Approach to Dirty Work through a Study of Refuse Collectors and Street Cleaners'. Work, Employment and Society, 31(1): 106–122.
  • Slutskaya, N., Simpson, R., Hughes, J., Simpson, A. and Uygur, S. (2016) 'Masculinity and class in the context of dirty work'. Gender, Work and Organisation, 23(2): 165–182.
  • Slutskaya, M., Hughes, J., Simpson, A. and Valseechi, R. (2015) 'Future avenues and challenges of exploring complex personhood'. Qualitative Research in Organisations and Management, 10(4): 314–319.
  • Hughes, J. (2015) 'Looking elsewhere: Howard S. Becker as organizational sociologist'. Organization, 22(6): 769–787.
  • Hughes, J. (2014) 'A füst számüzése a dohányzásból: e-cigaretták, önszabályozás, társdalmi szabályozás és civilizációs folyamatok' (The erasure of smoke from smoking: e-cigarettes, self-regulation, social regulation and civilising processes'). Erdélyi Társadalom, 12(2): 123–142.
  • Goodwin, J., Hadas, M., Hughes, J., Plugor, R. (2014) 'Bevezetés: Norbert Elias és a folyamatszociológia' (Introduction: Norbert Elias and Process Sociology). Erdélyi Társadalom, 12(2): 9–18.
  • Hughes, J. (2014) 'E-cigarettes and the "civilising" of smoking'. Cambio, 4(7): 169–181.
  • Simpson, A., Slutskaya, N., Hughes, J. and Simpson, R. (2014) 'The use of ethnography to explore meanings that refuse collectors attach to their work'. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 9(3): 183–200.
  • Jugureanu, A., Hughes, J. and Hughes, K. (2014) 'Towards a developmental sociology of happiness', Sociological Research Online, 19(2) 2. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/2/2.html
  • Simpson, R., Hughes, J., Slutskaya, N. and Balta, M. (2014) 'Sacrifice and distinction in dirty work: men’s construction of meaning in the butcher trade'. Work, Employment and Society, 28(5): 754–770.
  • Hughes, J. (2013) 'Norbert Elias and the habits of good sociology', Human Figurations2(1). [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Hughes, J. and Goodwin, J. (2013) 'Drawing Elias – sketches from four interviews', Human Figurations, 2(2). [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Slutskaya, N., Hughes, J. and Simpson, A. (2012) 'Lessons from photoelicitation: encouraging working men to speak', Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management7(1): 16–33. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Hughes, J., Rohloff, A., David, M. and Petley, J. (2011) 'Foreword: moral panics in the contemporary world', Crime, Media, Culture7(3): 211–214. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • David, M., Rohloff, A., Petley, J. and Hughes, J. (2011) 'The idea of moral panic – ten dimensions of dispute', Crime, Media, Culture7(3): 215–228. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Goodwin, J. and Hughes, J. (2011) 'Ilya Neustadt, Norbert Elias and the Leicester department: personal correspondence and the history of sociology in Britain', British Journal of Sociology62(4): 677–695. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Simpson, R., Slutskaya, N. and Hughes, J. (2011) 'Emotional dimensions of dirty work: men's encounter with taint in the butcher trade', International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion4(2): 195–212. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Hughes, J. (2010) 'Emotional intelligence: Elias, Foucault and the reflexive emotional self', Foucault Studies, Number 8: 28–52. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Bringing emotion to work: emotional intelligence, resistance and the reinvention of Character', Work, Employment and Society19(3): 603–635. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Seow, C. and Hughes, J. (2005) 'Guest editorial', The Journal of Workplace Learning17(5/6): 273–275.
  • Hughes, J. (2001) 'The learning organisation: what is it? Does it constitute a useful set of ideas for the HRD practitioner?', International Journal of Applied Human Resource Management2(2): 109–122.
  • Hughes, J. (2001) 'Getting Emotional: The Learning Organisation and Emotional Intelligence', International Journal of Applied Human Resource Management2(3): 12–29.

Book chapters

  • Hughes, J. (2017) 'Norbert Elias and Process Sociology', in Stones, R. (ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers, third edition (London: Macmillan).
  • Hughes, J. (2014) 'E-cigarettes and the "civilising" of smoking'. Chapter 7, pp. 93–110 of A. Ohira (ed.) Norbert Elias as Social Theorist: Figurational Sociology and its Applications. Tokyo: DTP Publishing.
  • Hughes, J. and Goodwin, J. (2014) 'Human Documents as Figurations', in Hughes, Jason and Goodwin, John (eds) Documentary and Archival Research, four volumes, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series (London: Sage).
  • Rohloff, A., Hughes, J., Petley, J. and Cricher, C. (2013) 'Moral Panics in the Contemporary World: Enduring Controversies and Future Directions', in Critcher, Chas, Hughes, Jason, Petley, Julian and Rohloff, Amanda (eds) Moral Panics in the Contemporary World (London: Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 1–32.
  • Malcolm, D., Mansfield, L. and Hughes, Jason (2013) 'Norbert Elias', in Blackshaw, Tony (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2012) 'Editor's introduction: Visual Methods', in Hughes, Jason (ed.) Visual Methods, four volumes, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series (London: Sage). pp. xxi–xlv.
  • Hughes, J. (2012) 'Editor’s introduction: Internet Research Methods', in Hughes, Jason (ed.) Internet Research Methods, four volumes, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series (London: Sage), pp. xxi–xli.
  • Simpson, R. Slutskaya, N. and Hughes, J. (2012) 'Gendering and Embodying Dirty Work: Men Managing Taint in the Context of Nursing Care', in Simpson, Ruth, Slutskaya, Natasha and Hopfl, H. (eds) Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities (London: Palgrave), pp. 165–181.
  • Hughes, J. (2010) 'Os Hábitos da Boa Sociologia' [The Habits of Good Sociology], in de Souza, E. F., Simões, J. L. and Figueiredo Lucena, R. (eds) Escritos a Partir de Norbert Elias, volume 2 (Recife-PE: Editoria Da UFPE).
  • Hughes, J. (2009) '"Corações Inteligentes": Intelligencia Emocional, Trabalho Emocional e Informalização' ['"Intelligent Hearts": Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Labour and Informalisation’], in Gebara, A. and Wouters, C. (eds) O Controle Das Emoções (Paraíba: UFBP), pp. 135–163.
  • Hughes, J. (2007) 'Norbert Elias and Process Sociology', in Stones, R. (ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers, second edition (London: Macmillan).
  • Hughes, J., Jewson, N. and Unwin, L. (2007) ‘Communities of Practice: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?' in Hughes, J., Jewson, N. and Unwin, L. (eds.) Communities of Practice: Critical Perspectives (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2007) 'Lost in Translation: Communities of Practice — The Journey from Academic Model to Practitioner Tool', in Hughes, J., Jewson, N. and Unwin, L. (eds) Communities of Practice: Critical Perspectives (London: Routledge).
  • Jewson, N., Hughes, J. and Unwin, L. (2007) 'The Future for Communities of Practice', in Hughes, Jason, Jewson, N. and Unwin, L. (eds) Communities of Practice: Critical Perspectives (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2006) 'Smoking', in Ritzer, George (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (London: Blackwell).
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Tobacco: Social and Cultural Uses', in Goodman, J., Norton, M. and Parascandola, M. (eds) Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopaedia (Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons), pp. 551–568.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Snuff', in Goodman, J., Norton, M. and Parascandola, M. (eds) Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopaedia (Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons), pp. 547-551.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Elias', in Harrington, A., Marshall, B. and Müller, H. P. (eds) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Social Science (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Figuration', in Harrington, A., Marshall, B. and Müller, H. P. (eds) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Social Science (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2005) 'Civilisation', in Harrington, A., Marshall, B. and Müller, H. P. (eds) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Social Science (London: Routledge).
  • Hughes, J. (2004) 'Tobacco Use as a Civilizing Process', in Wada, S. (ed.) Collected Works on Cultural and Sociological Conceptualizations of ‘Rationality’ (Tokyo: Waseda University).
  • Hughes, J. (2003) 'From Panacea to Pandemic: Tobacco Use in the West', in Dunning, Eric and Mennell, S. (eds) Norbert Elias (London: Sage).
  • Hughes, J. (2001) ‘La Consommation de Tabac dans le Processus de Civilisation' ['Tobacco Use in the Civilising Process'], in Becker, H. S. (ed.) Qu’est-ce Qu’une Drogue? [What is a Drug?] (Paris: Atlantica Press).

Conference papers

  • Hughes, J. (2016) ‘Fields, Worlds and Figurations: Conceptual Imagery and Political Investments in the work of Bourdieu, Becker and Elias’. Keynote address to the sixteenth International Civilising Processes Symposium, Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) Vitoria, Brazil. 21st–25th November, 2016.
  • Carter, B. and Hughes, J. (2015) ‘Can Sociology Do Digital? The Case of DWTs’. Keynote paper presented to the Social Science and Digital Worlds conference, Leicester. October 21st.
  • Goodwin, J. and Hughes, J. (2015) Return to Winston Parva: A Reassessment of the Original Scotson Thesis. The Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam, January 9th 2015. Invited Speakers.
  • Hughes, J. (2014) ‘‘The Habits of Good Sociology’. Elias and the Transgression of Sociological Etiquette. Keynote presentation to Nationhood in the Carpathian Region Hungarians and their Neighbours – Sociological Perspectives. Joint Conference of the Hungarian Sociological Association and the Department of Sociology and Social Work in Hungarian of Babeş-Bolyai University. November 27–29, 2014.
  • Hughes, J. (2013) ‘No Smoke Without Fire: Civilising Offensives, Moral Panics and the Long-Term Development of Tobacco use’. Paper presented to one day symposium on civilizing offensives, Sheffield Hallam University, 24th October, 2014.
  • Hughes, J. (2013) ‘HRD and Economic Empowerment – The High Performance Paradigm: Working Harder or Smarter’. Keynote presentation to the Human Resource Development Council, HRD Conference, 17th–18th October, 2013. Le Meridien Ile Maurice, Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius.
  • Hughes, J. and Goodwin, J. (2013) ‘Norbert Elias, Ilya Neustadt and the Leicester School of sociology: other voices’. Paper presented to 45th Annual Meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Dallas, Texas. 20th–23rd June, 2013.
  • Simpson, R., Slutskaya, N. and Hughes, J. (2012) ‘Class gender and dirt: men doing dirty work’. British Academy of Management Conference, Cardiff University. September 11th–13th 2012.
  • Simpson, R. and Hughes, J. (2012) ‘Gender, class and dirt: changing and maintaining hierarchies in dirty work’. European Group for Organisational Studies. Helsinki, July 5th–7th 2012.
  • Hughes, J. (2012) ‘Norbert Elias and the Habits of Good Sociology’, Reinventing Elias: For an Open Sociology. Invited and funded keynote presentation. University of Amsterdam, 22nd–23rd June, 2012.
  • Hughes, J. and Rojek, C. (2012) ‘The Status of Politics in Figurational Sociology’, Norbert Elias and Figurational Sociology: Prospects for the Future. University of Copenhagen, 2–4 April, 2012.
  • Jugureanu, A. and Hughes, J. (2010) ‘Lay theories and the cultural contingency of happiness’. ESA Research Network. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1692187
  • Hughes, J. (2009) ‘On the concept of ‘advances’ in sociological knowledge’. Invited and funded paper presented to the Simpósio Internacional Processo Civilizador, 10th–13th November 2009, The Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.
  • Hughes, J. (2009) ‘The Habits of Good Sociology’. Invited and funded Seminar presented to Sociology Department, University College Dublin. 16th April 2009.
  • Hughes, J. (2008) ‘How/might sociological knowledge develop’. Invited and funded paper presented to the Sociology for the 21st Century, 5th–7th June 2008. University of Crete.
  • Hughes, J. (2008) ‘The rise of emotional reflexivity: emotional intelligence, informalisation, and the management of affect’. Invited and funded paper presented to Control or Care of the Self: The Sociology of the Subject in the 21st Century conference, University of Hamburg, 3–5th July 2008.
  • Hughes, J. (2007) ‘Tobacco use as a civilising process’. Invited and funded paper presented to the Norbert Elias Foundation conference, 14th–16th September, Deutsches LiteraturArchiv, Marbach-am-Neckar.
  • Hughes, J. (2006) ‘Emotional Intelligence, Affect Control, and Informalisation’. Paper presented to the Elias into the 21stCentury conference, Leicester, 9th–12th April 2006.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) ‘E-learning and virtual communities of practice’. Paper presented to the 4th Researching Work and Learning Conference, University of Technology, Sydney. 12–14th December 2005.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) ‘Tobacco Use and Self-Regulation’, invited and funded paper presented to Mason des Sciences de L’Homme Paris Nord, ‘Vers un auto-contrôle généralisé de la santé, du corps et du vivant? Dialogues autour de Norbert Elias’ (‘Towards widespread self-regulation of health, body and living? Dialogues in relation to Norbert Elias’), 9th June 2005.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) ‘Emotional intelligence and the new rules of work’, invited and funded seminar paper presented to the University of Leeds, Lifelong Learning Institute. 17th February 2005.
  • Hughes, J. (2004) ‘Reflexive rationality and the Civilising Process’, invited and funded paper presented to ‘Waseda conference on reflexive rationality’, 24th–26th March 2004, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Hughes, J. (2004) ‘From dispassionate exchange to name-calling: emotional intelligence and emotional labour in HE academia’, paper presented to European Conference of Educational Research, September 2004, University of Crete, Greece.
  • Hughes, J. (2002) ‘Figurational sociology: the new debates’, introduction to a stream I organised and ran at the BSA annual conference, University of Leicester, March 2002.
  • Hughes, J. (2002) ‘Intelligent hearts: emotional intelligence and the future of work’, paper presented on invitation to Addenbrookes NHS trust, Cambridge, 10th June 2002.
  • Hughes, J. (2001) ‘E-learning as a knowledge-supply strategy’ keynote paper (invited and funded) presented to E-Learning, Who Benefits? conference, Manchester 30th May 2001.
  • Hughes, J. (2001) ‘Emotional intelligence: affect management and organisational life’, paper presented to Work Employment Society annual conference, University of Nottingham, 11th–13th September, 2001.
  • Hughes, J. (2000) ‘Tobacco-use, addiction and civilisation’, invited and funded paper presented to the fifth Entretiens Franklin conference, 26th—27th April, 2000, Université De Paris Nanterre.
  • Hughes, J. (2000) ‘The learning organisation and emotional intelligence’, keynote (invited and funded) presentation to the Foundation of Human Resource Development Annual Conference, Malta, November, 2000.
  • Hughes, J. (1999) ‘Tobacco use in the civilising process’, European Sociological Association Conference, Amsterdam, August 1999.
  • Hughes, J. (1999) ‘The potential contribution of Strategic Human Resource Management to organisational change’, keynote (invited and funded) presentation to the Foundation of Human Resource Development Annual Conference, Malta, November, 1999.
  • Hughes, J. (1997) ‘Cigarettes as “Torches of Freedom”: Smoking and Women’s Emancipation in the 1920s’. Invited and funded staff seminar presented to the Sociology Department, University College Dublin. 16th October 1997.
  • Hughes, J. (1995) ‘Tobacco use and humoural bodies’, British Sociological Association Conference, Leicester, England, May 1995.
  • Hughes, J. (1994) ‘Process sociology and the philosophy of social science’, World Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany, July 1994.

Research

I have a broad range of research interests, all of which stem from my core engagement with relational/processual sociology: that is, sociology which focuses on social processes, human relationships, and which is centrally concerned with how the stuff of the social world 'comes to be'. Thus far, I have extended this engagement with relational/processual sociology to three key areas: consumption and regulation; sociological practice; and work, emotions and identity.

1. Consumption and Regulation

In my first book, Learning to Smoke (2003, University of Chicago Press) I explore an interest in 'regulation' in two key senses, first in the increasing socio-legal regulation over the manufacture, sale, and promotion of tobacco products, and second in the changing use of a particular substance in processes of 'self-regulation'. [Click on this link for more information via publisher] Learning to Smoke was winner of the 2006 Norbert Elias Prize. I discuss the book in depth in an interview with Laurie Taylor for BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed. [Click on this link to go to Thinking Allowed programme] More recently, I have examined some of these concerns in relation to research on e-cigarettes.

My interest in consumption and regulation also extends to media 'consumption' and processes of moral regulation. Recent work in this area includes a co-edited volume (together with Chas Critcher, Julian Petley and Amanda Rohloff) entitled Moral Panics in the Contemporary World (2013, Bloomsbury Academic) in which we, together with other contributors, sought to extend Stan Cohen and Jock Young’s concept of 'moral panic' in relation to a series of contemporary cases. [Click on this links for more information via publisher] The book's title draws from a conference I co-organised at Brunel University (December 2010). The conference spurred the development of an Moral Panics Research Network. [Click on this link to go to Moral Panics Research Network web page]

2. Sociological practice

Broadly speaking, 'sociological practice' is intended here to refer to sociological theory, methods, and the history of sociology. One of my core interests in this respect is the work of former University of Leicester sociologist, Norbert Elias. Together with Professor Eric Dunning, I have recently co-authored a major study into the work of Elias entitled Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology: Knowledge, Interdependence, Power, Process (2013, Bloomsbury Academic). [Click on this link for more information via publisher] In the book, we explore parallels, critical differences and affinities between Elias’s work and that of other major social theorists including Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu. We argue that, together with these and other theorists, Elias's work may point towards a possible 'relational turn' within the social sciences. I recently discussed some of the empirical components of Elias’s work for a BBC World Service programme on 'Manners' for the radio series The Why Factor. [Click on this link to go to The Why Factor programme]

In 2014, I co-organised together with Dr John Goodwin a major conference on the work of Elias held at College Court, Leicester. [Click on this link to go to the conference web site]

Other examples of my interest in sociological practice – theory and methods in particular – include the four volume edited collections I have recently published for the Sage Library of Research Methods series: Visual Methods (2012, Sage Publications) [Click on this link for more information via publisher] and Internet Research Methods (2012, Sage Publications). [Click on this link for more information via publisher] I have also recently completed, together with John Goodwin, a further four volume work for the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series entitled Documentary and Archival Research published in 2014. [Click on this link for more information via publisher] We plan to further explore the issues surrounding treating documents as part and parcel of the social landscape in a series of papers and in a forthcoming co-edited book entitled Norbert Elias and Popular Culture.

3. Work, emotions and identity

Over the past decade, I have undertaken research and have written a series of articles on topics which address the interface between management research and organisational sociology, with a particular focus on emotions and identity. Key examples in this respect are papers on emotional intelligence, the learning organisation, happiness and well being, high performance working, and communities of practice (see co-edited book Communities of Practice, Critical Perspectives, Routledge 2007). [Click on this link for more information via publisher] More recently, I have worked together with Professor Ruth Simpson and Dr Natasha Slutskaya (both of Brunel University Business School) utilising Everett C. Hughes’s concept of 'dirty work' to explore the management of various forms of 'taint' in low status occupations. One of our articles (entitled "Lessons from Photoelicitation: Encouraging Working Men to Speak" and published in Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management recently received the Emerald Literati award for outstanding paper of 2013. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]

Supervision

I have previously supervised research students in relation to such topics as: Climate change and moral panics; happiness, well-being and positivity; terrorism and civilisation; higher education and communities of practice; Chinese culture and learning; web 2.0 research; dark tourism; higher education and epistemic regimes; genocide and ethnic cleansing; knowledge management and knowledge sharing. I am interested in supervising research that fits with my current interests and cognate areas of concern, but am open to considering other topics.

Find out more about applying for a PhD

Filed under:

Share this page: