I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at The Business School (formerly Cass) at City University of London.
My research focuses on the interplay between social movements that advocate for societal change and the responses of organizations to this social movement pressure. In particular, I look at these changes from the perspectives of multiple organizations in emerging fields that are created to address social movement concerns. I also examine longitudinal change processes that are carried out by individuals working in roles that have been created to respond to movement demands – such as sustainability managers.
While most of my work focuses on organizing for sustainability, I also have a new stream of research on the organization of abortion services in the United States, looking at how the movement for abortion rights translated longitudinally into the way abortion was organized over time. Furthermore, I also examine how this service has become threatened into near extinction in many parts of the U.S. and the role of counter-movement activities in these processes.
Methodologically, my analyses often take a field-level approach, examining the relationships between organizations and individuals situated in multiple organizations. I use qualitative methods (e.g. interviews and archival data analysis) alongside computational text analysis techniques, such as topic modelling, to explore changes over time. I am particularly keen on developing mixed-methods papers that try to get at both the what and the how of change processes.
I completed my PhD in the joint program in Sociology and Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2019. I also hold an MSc in Management Research from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.