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Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

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I am a Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Prior to joining Edinburgh in 2019, I worked at University of St Andrews as Associate Lecturer in Management for two years. I received my PhD from Cardiff Business School in 2017.

Focusing on the impact of institutions on business, my research has examined how the state’s ideology and discourse are appropriated by organisation to control employees’ subjectivity; how international relations shape national policy on foreign direct investment, and accordingly the activities of multinational corporations; and how organisational identity work is informed by national and international political contexts.

A key theme of my research is collaboration and interaction between public, private and third sectors, and the process and consequences of state involvement in the formation and development of markets. Along this line of inquiry, I am particularly interested in the study of charity, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship ecosystem, and the social investment market. 

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