Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) Supervisors

We offer DSocSci supervision in areas that are compatible with the research interests of its academic staff.



Use the list below to identify one or two members of staff whose interests cover the area you would like to work in:

Feim Blakcori

  • Organisational Change
  • Organisational Routines
  • Identity at the Workplace
  • Sensemaking in Organisations

Mr Paul Brook

  • Emotional Labour and Emotion Work
  • Labour Process Analysis
  • Medical Labour Process and Clinical Work
  • Service Work
  • Service Worker Trade Unionism

Dr Heather Connolly

  • Comparative employment relations
  •  Comparative research methodologies
  •  Comparative trade union responses to migrant and precarious workers (particularly in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK)
  • European level trade union policy and strategy in relation to immigration and migrant workers
  • Immigration and migrant workers
  •  Precarious work and workers
  • Radical trade unionism in the European context
  • Social inclusion and solidarity
  • Trade union strategies in Europe (particularly France and the UK)
  • Trade union leadership and renewal strategies in the context of local government outsourcing and austerity

Paul Conville

  • Institutional change in capitalist systems
  • Social theories of Bourdieu and Boltanski
  • Language (especially definition) as an organising practice

Professor Michaela Driver

  • Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • Subjective experience of individuals in organisations
  • Organisational identity and learning
  • Emotions
  • Spirituality
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Identity work
  • Creativity
  • Embodied subjectivity and leadership

Dr Doris Eikhof

  • Creative Work and Enterprise
  • Transorganisational Work
  • Women's Work
  • Work Life-boundaries

Dr Anne-Marie Greene

  • Diversity practitioners
  • Faith workers and clergy
  • Work with a calling or mission
  • Volunteering and management in the voluntary sector
  • Trade union organisation

Dr Nikolaus Hammer

  • International Human Resource Management
  • Global Value Chains and Inter-Firm Relations
  • Comparative Work and Employment Relations in Europe
  • International Industrial Relations and Trade Unionism

Dr Benjamin Hopkins

  • Migration, immigration and emigration
  • Temporary and agency work
  • Food manufacturing
  • Youth unemployment and employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Workplace studies
  • Health, safety, absence and well-being

Dr Marti Lopez-Andreau

  • Trajectories and careers (transitions, promotions, etc.)
  • Changes in employment regulation institutions
  • Industrial relations, including union practices and emerging forms of protest/collective action at workplace level
  • Precarious work, precarious workers and insecurity in the workplace
    Life-course analysis
  • Mix-methods designs

Prof Peter Nolan

  • Ageing in the Workplace
  • Industrial Relations
  • Inter-generational conflict at Work
  • Labour Markets and Economic Performance

Dr Raka Plugor

  • transitions into and out of work (education, precarious employment, retirement, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave)
  • (higher education) student experience
  • employee experience and employee experience management
  • MSP – the experiences of people in multiple status positions
    labour turnover – particularly how it is affected by employee actions (i.e. working hours, overtime and absence)
  • qualitative methods and analysis
  • quantitative methods and analysis

Deborah Price

  • Self and social identity

Eimer Sparham

  • The relationship of National Culture and studying via Distance Learning
  •  High Performance Work Practices
  •  Women Breadwinners

Dr Beth Suttill

  • Education to work transitions (youth transitions and ‘employability’)
  • Youth unemployment
  • Identity

Dr Katharine Venter

  • Gender, Careers, and Work-Life Balance
  • Parenting of Chronically Ill and Disabled Children
  • Parent Carers in the Labour Market
  • Learning and Skills Development in the Third Sector
  • Learning and Skills in Chinese Enterprises
  • Implications of National Culture for Learning and for Employment Practices

Dr Jenna Ward

  • emotion
  • emotional, aesthetic and affective labour
  • the dark side
  • identity
  • arts-based and visual methods
  • voluntary sector and the management of volunteers
  • death work

Dr Glynne Williams

  • Employment/Industrial Relations, in particular:
  • Industrial Relations in Multinational Companies
  • Outsourcing
  • Public Sector Restructuring
  • Role and Implications of ‘Social Enterprise

Professor Stephen Wood

  • Nature of High Involvement Management and Impact on Well-Being and Organisational Performance
  • Teamworking among Software Engineers
  • Staff Morale in Mental Health In-Patient Care
  • Family-Friendly Management - Nature, Predictors of Use, and Performance Effects
  • Work/Non-Work Conflict among Portfolio Workers
  • Bullying at Work
  • Job Design in Call Centres
  • Social and Economic Challenges of Nanotechnology

What if my research interests do not match the staff interests listed?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

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