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Lectureship in Human Resource Management/Employment Relations

Roles and Responsibilities

  • PG Research Rep for the Organisation Studies Group
  • Course organiser on Global Diversity and Equality Management (MSc HRM and IHRM)
  • Course organiser on Applications of Human Resource Management (UG Hons)
  • PhD dissertation supervisor
  • MSc and MBA dissertation advisor
  • UG dissertation advisor
  • Member of the Centre for Business, Climate Change, and Sustainability (B-CCaS)


I am an interdisciplinary academic involved in corporate responsibility and the socio-political dynamics surrounding organisations and organised life. I am generally eager to investigate phenomena that lie at the intersection of the political, the neoliberal, and the corporate, from a qualitative and critical perspective. My main concern is with the increasing political role corporations play in our lives; with how such role often translates into increased corporate legitimacy within broader systems of governance; and with the inherent lack of democratic mandate therein.

I obtained both my MSc and my PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this, I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Padova. I later joined Lancaster University Management School (2017-2021), where I led courses on corporate responsibility, critical management studies, and organisation studies at the Executive, Postgraduate, and Undergraduate levels. I joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in 2022.

I am a member of the Centre for Business, Climate Change, and Sustainability (B-CCaS), and of the Gender, Work and Organization Research Network on Gender and Health at Work.

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Research Interests

My research currently focuses on three streams:

  1. the role played by organisations in shaping the exercise of reproductive rights, with a specific focus on infertility and the UK fertility treatment sector in particular;
  2. the social and organisational implications of digitalisation, such as the changing shape of trust within blockchain technology and the emerging digital vulnerabilities surrounding FinTech; and
  3. the politico-historical implications of big tech practices.

My research is taking an increasingly interdisciplinary trajectory, and intertwining with research collaborators in law, human-computing interaction, and machine learning among others. Specifically, my analytical foci are oriented towards the ethics and sustainability of current and emerging digital practices and technologies, from a critical and political perspective.

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