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Irene Skovgaard-Smith

Irene Skovgaard-Smith is Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at University of East Anglia (UEA). With a background in social anthropology her research focuses on cosmopolitanism, social identification, othering and interaction in the context of elite work, specifically that of management consultants and transnational professionals in global organisations. Her work has appeared in Human Relations, Critique of Anthropology, European Journal of International Management, Social & Cultural Geography, Organization and in books from Palgrave Macmillan and Information Age Publishing.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University of East Anglia
  • 2013–2020
    Senior lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2009–2012
    Adjunct assistant professor, VU University Amsterdam


  • 2008 
    Copenhagen Business School, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Copenhagen, BA, MSc Social Anthropology


  • 2019
    Book review: Cosmopolitanism and Place, Social & Cultural Geography
  • 2019
    Book review: Universities and the occult rituals of the corporate world. Higher education and the metaphorical parallels with myth and magic., Organization
  • 2019
    The Other side of ‘us’: Alterity construction and identification work in the context of planned change., Human Relations
  • 2018
    Attribution and contestation: Relations between elites and other social groups, Critique of Anthropology
  • 2017
    Imagining 'non-nationality': Cosmopolitanism as a source of identity and belonging, Human Relations
  • 2014
    When West meets East: The case of a Scandinavian consulting firm's expansion into India, European Journal of International Management
  • 2013
    Management Consultants at work with clients: Maintainance and contestation of elite status, The Anthropology of Elites: Power, culture and the complexities of distinction

Professional Memberships

  • European Group of Organization Studies
  • European Sociological Association