Dr Charlotte Smith

Charlotte SmithLecturer in Management

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5935
  • Email: cvls1@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 529D, Level 5 mezzanine, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

Before joining the University of Leicester in March 2015 I held a lectureship in Organisational Behaviour at the University of York. My higher education consists of a BSc in Business Management from the University of East Anglia, and a research masters (MRes) and PhD in management studies both from the University of Essex. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP) and I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am also a keen triathlete and cyclist and have held an All-World-Athlete Bronze Ironman status in 2017 and ridden for Great Britain at the UCI Masters Gran Fondo World Championships.


I have taught across all levels in the School at some point including undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students.

In 2017-2018 I am teaching the Leicester MBA 2014 dissertation and developing the Leicester MBA 2017 project and consultancy module.

In Semester 1 2017-2018 I am teaching MN7401 Organisational Behaviour (postgraduate).

Administrative Responsibilities

Academic employability lead

Research ethics officer

In July 2017 I was part of the organising team for the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism in Rome.


My research is within the organisation studies arena exploring the lived experiences of those who may be ‘normal subjects’ within organisational spaces. My research career began with my doctoral thesis that drew on sociological literatures to explore the management of drug taking in and around work, derived from a broader interest in the management of everyday lives and the integration between work and life. I also have a keen interest in research on sport and work.

Currently my research is focusing on the following main projects:

  • The regulation of vaping in workplaces
  • Academics’ well-being and care
  • Equality in sports governance boards

Funded projects

Current funded research:

Principal investigator on ‘The regulation of vaping in and around organisational lives’ – funded by Cancer Research UK and The Tobacco Advisory Group with Professor Jason Hughes (co-investigator) and Dr Grace Sykes (both Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester). The total cost is £103,000 and will run from July 2017 – May 2019.

More details can be accessed here.

Erasmus + Sport project partner for Leicester entitled ‘Corporate governance in sport organisations: a gendered approach’. The other countries include Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Italy. The total cost of the project is €324000 and will run from January 2018- December 2020.

Previously funded research:

  • +3 Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD studentship ‘Essais on the drug-taking individual in the contemporary workplace’ – 2009-2012.
  • Research fellow on an Age UK project exploring perceptions of older workers with Dr. Riach (Monash University)
  • Research assistant on ESRC funded project the International Network for Visual Studies in Organisations (Invisio)


I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs in two main areas. The first of these pertains to illegal or legal drug taking in around work. Specifically, drugs taken for performance (e.g. cognitive enhancers), recreational drug use in private lives, and the use of e-cigarettes.

I am also interested in supervising projects broadly related to sport and work and sport management. Within this I am also particularly interested in professional cyclists, triathletes and doping with drugs and machines (mechanical doping).

At present I am supervising four students:

Rasim Serdar Kurdoğlu – Legitimation of allegedly unfair managerial decisions (Full time campus)

Abdullah Al Shehri – Exploring the impact of employees’ possible selves on their attitudes toward learning behaviours promoted by two learning organisations (DSocSci part time)

Denise Zammit – A case study of employee engagement within a Ministry in the Maltese public administration (DSocSci part time)

Manuel Enverga – Group fitness – both work and serious leisure among part-time Les Mills instructors in the Philippines (DSocSci part time)


Smith, C. (2017) ‘Tour du Dopage: Confessions of doping professional cyclists in a modern work environment’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52 (1): 97-111.

Smith, C. and Riach, K. (2016) ‘Drug taking and employment: Exploring the employable citizen in UK policy’, Sociology, 50 (1): 24-42.

Smith, C. and Land, C. (2014) ‘Pharamacological routes to everyday exceptionality’, Culture and Organization, 20 (4): 269-287.


Speaking out

BBC Radio Leicester – September 2017 - Discussion on vaping regulations at work

BBC Radio 4 – ‘Thinking Allowed’ - June 2016 – Programme on secrecy at work, where spoke about illegal drug taking at work

I have written the following blog pieces:

ULSB Staff Blog –  September 2017 - ‘The business of bikes, and cycling for England’

ULSB Staff Blog – May 2016 - ‘Who cares for academics?’ – With Eda Ulus

The Conversation – February 2016 - ‘Cycling should take a lead from F1 as hidden motor scandal emerges’

ULSB Staff Blog – July 2015 - ‘Tour du dopage: How do doping cyclists legitimate their cheating’

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