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Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, Durham University

Jackie joined Durham University Business School in September 2017. She has held various professorial posts since 2008 at the Universities of Leeds and Bradford. She has 30 years experience of working in Higher Education, having spent the previous 10 years in a range of managerial roles in the British NHS, culminating in an Executive Board-level Human Resources Director post in an acute hospital Trust.

Jackie’s research interests include the study of working lives, with a particular interest in exploring critical approaches to leadership, gender and inclusivity, ethics, management and organization studies.

Current research studies include: a critical exploration of storied accounts of managers’ experiences as leaders; aesthetics of leadership; working lives of professional women in late career; gender and inclusivity in organisations and researching talent management from a critical perspective.
She is active in the further development of critical, poststructural and psychosocial research methods and approaches that inform a better understanding of the experiences of working and organizational life.

Jackie’s role at the Business School involves her in research and teaching in across private and public sectors.
She has co-authored a monograph entitled Leadership as Identity: Constructions and Deconstructions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); co-edited Making Public Services Management Critical (Routledge, 2010); co-edited a textbook entitled Leadership:Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Sage, 2015); and has published in a range of journals including British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies,Leadership, Management Learning, Organization, Organization Studies, Sociology, Work Employment and Society.


  • –present
    Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, 50th Anniversary Chair, University of Bradford