Dr Peter Davis

Teaching Fellow

Contact details

  • Email: pd8@le.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5517
  • Office: Room 210, Level Two, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details


My background prior to entering on a career in higher education  is grounded in industrial relations in the distributive and food manufacturing and processing sectors followed by some periods in management consultancy with the Plunkett Foundation for Co-operative Studies Oxford, Moors Rowland International Chartered Accountants City Branch, and National Materials Handling Centre, Cranfield. My undergraduate experience was in the School of African and Asian Studies, reading Political Science at University of Sussex. I hold two higher degrees awarded by University of Leicester studied part time in the Department of Economics; an MPhil (with distinction) The Concept of Productivity in Distribution, and my PhD on The Moral and Political Economy of Labour (a critical analysis of working class organisation in the UK from the 1820s to the 1980s). More recently in 2015 by part time study I gained a Masters in Systematic and Philosophical Theology (with merit) from University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


  • Leadership and People Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing (UK Co-operative Financial Services, Diamond Trading Company, and International Publishing)

Administrative responsibilities

Director - Unit for Membership Based Organisations

The units research and development  focus is on labour organisations primarily co-operatives, credit unions and trade unions and has undertaken work for the UN Anti Poverty Unit, the International Labour Office Co-operative Branch, the International Co-operative Alliance Global HRD Committee, the World Council of Credit Unions and the Asia Pacific Council of Credit Unions. The Unit has collaborated with co-operative NGOs and Colleges across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Unit has also been recognised by the Vatican as a centre of excellence for Catholic Social Thought.


My central research interests are focused on problems of co-operative and mutual sector philosophy, values, economy, management, strategy and development in the context of globalisation, liberalisation and climate change. I have so far published four books and around thirty chapters in books and academic papers some of which have been translated into one of more of five languages.

My secondary research interest is in an exploration of the relevance of Catholic secular social thought as a framework for transformational change in political and economic systems. I have published four chapters / papers in English on this research area.


PhD students (3) and Mentor on University of Leicester Distance Learning PhD programme.

Masters and MBA Dissertations here and Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax , Nova Scotia.


Most recent publications

Davis, P, Natale, S.M., Libertella, A. F. (2017) The Role of Truth in Moral Reasoning, in International Journal of Decision Ethics, Vol. X, Spring, Department of Educational Studies Oxford University and Global Scholarly Publications, Oxford and New York, pp139-156.

(2017) Ethical Agency Contracts as a basis for co-operative management and leadership, Academic Conference and Publishing International.

(2018) Ch 6 Leadership as a Profession: A Special Case Dependent on Organisational Ownership, Governance, Mission and Vision in Professionalising Leadership. Debating Education, Certification and Practice, Editor Prof Anders Ortenblad, Palgrave MacMillan, Springer Group, Geneva.

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