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I am a Lecturer in Critical Organisation Studies whose main research interest is the gender inequity experienced by working parents (in paid employment). I explore the influence of patriarchal discourse on individuals in organisational contexts, particularly the motherhood penalty and patriarchal dividend. I draw critical perspectives, emphasising hybrid and caring masculinities, and the work of Raewyn Connell (masculine re-embodiment) and Joan Acker (Gendered Organisations) to problematise the ideal worker-breadwinner-motherhood penalty triad of gendered working.  My PhD used dystopian fiction and critical discourse analysis as a transdisciplinary, critical approach to gender research in organisations. I also use fiction as a subversive means of writing differently. Finally, I established and proudly lead the Northumbria University Parents and Carers Network in 2020. I founded this network on the principles of solidarity and the provision of a visible, supportive community for staff and students in the University.


Education/Academic qualification

Human Resource Management, MA, Human Resource Management and Development

1 Oct 201530 Sept 2017

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Management Studies, City andGuildsLevel 5

1 May 20151 Jan 2016

Award Date: 4 Jan 2016

Literature, MA (Hons), Creative Writing

30 Sept 200830 Sept 2009

Award Date: 30 Nov 2009

English, BA (Hons)

15 Sept 20051 Jun 2008

Award Date: 26 Jun 2008


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