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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. I received my PhD from Cardiff Business School.

My research explores the impact institutions have on both organisations and individuals, focusing on 1) the regulatory environments for MNEs, small businesses, and nonprofits; 2) the social norms, cultural values, and institutional logics that shape arts and social entrepreneurship; and 3) the social embeddedness of niche professions.

My current research projects look at the impact of national security threat accusation on organisational attractiveness, LGBT entrepreneurship in China, arts entrepreneurship in Edinburgh and Shanghai, homelessness charities in Scotland, and professionalisation of perfumer and flavorist.

Research Interests

  • Institutional theory
  • Arts entrepreneurship 
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • State-business relations 
  • Creative inudstries  
  • Sociology of professions 

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