Dr Eda Ulus

Lecturer in Work and Organisation

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1969
  • Email: e.ulus@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 617, Level 6, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details

I joined the (then) School of Management in February 2015. I have a BSc in Psychobiology (Summa Cum Laude) and MA in Psychology from the US, and a PhD from the University of Bath, exploring workplace emotions in India. I was previously at UWE-Bristol, and my past organisational experiences include teaching and student advising in Turkey and the US.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students, a Module Leader for Distance Learning modules, on the Professional Diploma in Management, and I have supervised MSc students and MBA students for their dissertations.

For the School of Management Summer School in 2015 August, for Distance Learning students, I taught emotions in the workplace and qualitative methods, and I provided dissertation support.

My campus-based teaching includes organisational behaviour seminars for undergraduates, and Module Leadership for MSc Management in a Global Context.

Administrative responsibilities

Widening Participation Officer


I am passionate about studying individual lived experiences of working, with a love for field work and for applying qualitative, psychosocial, and reflexive approaches for analysis. My research interests include:

  • Psychoanalytic frameworks for studying work and organisations
  • Postcolonial analyses of higher education and organisations
  • Critical approaches to learning and teaching

Connecting to each of these research strands are my abiding interests in intersectional feminism, embodiment, and global social justice.

With support from the British Academy of Management, Researcher Development Grant, I am exploring, with Inge Aben, introversion in learning and management spaces, with a focus on nuances and meanings about introversion. Results will be shared for teaching pedagogy and management practice.


I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Psychoanalytic approaches to working, particularly feminist, Freudian, and international psychoanalytic frameworks
  • Pedagogy in higher education
  • Lived experiences of organisations and working, particularly with postcolonial, psychosocial, and reflexive approaches
  • Workplace emotions
  • Introversion in learning and working



Ulus E and Gabriel Y. (2016) ‘Bridging the contradictions of social constructionism and psychoanalysis in a study of workplace emotions in India’, Culture and Organization, 1-23.

Ulus E. (2015) Workplace emotions in postcolonial spaces: Enduring legacies, ambivalence, and subversion. Organization 22: 890-908.

A direct link to this article can be found at this Virtual Issue, ‘Editors' Picks: Postcolonialism and Voices from the South’.

Tomkins L and Ulus E (2016) ‘Oh, was that “experiential learning”?!’ Spaces, synergies and surprises with Kolb’s learning cycle. Management Learning 47: 158-178.

Full listing of publications

Tomkins L and Ulus E. (2015) ‘Is Narcissism Undermining Critical Reflection in our Business Schools?’ Academy of Management Learning & Education. (Published online before print January 6, 2015, doi:10.5465/amle.2014.0107)

Gabriel Y and Ulus E. (2015) ‘ "It’s all in the Plot" – Narrative explorations of work-related emotions.’ In: Flam H and Kleres J (eds) Methods of Exploring Emotions. Routledge.

Jalan I, Sinha S and Ulus E. (2014) ‘Narratives of fate and misfortune in organizational life: Stories of success and failure.’ Culture and Organization 20: 410-429.

Academic Blog:

Who cares for Academics? by Eda Ulus and Charlotte Smith

Conference Papers:

Ulus, E. (2017) 'The Unconscious in the US Presidential Election Process: Desires, Defences, and Tragic Consequences'.
European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). Sub-Theme 45: Uncovering the Hidden: Psychoanalytic Insights into the ‘Good Organization’, convened by Ishan Jalan, Bénédicte Vidaillet, Gilles Arnaud.

Ulus, E. and Aben, I. (2017) 'The Voice of Introversion at Work: Experiences, Misconceptions, and Implications for Practice'. CMS Division, Academy of Management, Atlanta

Ulus E. and Prasad, A (2016) 'The Promise of Interweaving Postcolonial and Psychoanalytic Frameworks: Challenging the Prevalence of Rationality Assumptions to Generate Meaningful Alternatives', European Academy of Management. Track: 'Beyond rationalism, rationality and rationalization: Critical, clinical and psychodynamic approaches to organizational life'.

Aben I. and Ulus E, (2016) ‘Writing Through WhatsApp as Embodied Sensemaking’, Gender, Work and Organization Conference, 2016 June, Keele University.

Ulus E. (2015) Transferential Loss in Trauma and Grief: Exploring Unconscious Affective Dynamics of Work. Academy of Management Proceedings 2015. DOI:10.5465/AMBPP.2015.18760abstract. Critical Management Studies Division.

Ulus, E. (2013) ‘Analysis of trauma and gender in an Indian workplace.’ EGOS 2013, Montreal, Canada, July, 2013.

Sinha, S., Jalan, I. and Ulus, E. (2012) ‘Importance of personal failure in investigating identity.’ British Academy of Management, 2012, Cardiff University, UK, 11-13th September, 2012.

Ulus, E. (2011) ‘Meanings of recovery and recovered meanings through engaging with workplace emotions: Stories and metaphors of Indian employees.’ Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, SCOS, Istanbul, Turkey, July, 2011.

Ulus, E. (2010) ‘Interweaving psychoanalysis and social constructionism to enhance the study of transnationalism: Theoretical opportunities from research on emotions at work in India.’ Questioning Transnationalism: Culture, Politics & Media Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK, December, 2010.

Ulus, E. (2009) ‘Psychoanalytic considerations of emotional life at work to enhance diversity and inclusion.’ Equal Opportunities International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009.

Ulus, E. (2008) ‘Psychoanalytic phenomena and organizations: A dynamic approach with cross-cultural and film applications for dynamic times.’ International Business Horizons Conference, Noida, India, February, 2008.

Ulus, E. (2003) ‘Multicultural considerations in the ethics of psychotherapy research.’ Winter Roundtable Conference, Columbia University, New York City, February, 2003.

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