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Dr Adrian Wright

Deputy Head of School (Business Development and Partnerships)
School of Business

Adrian Wright's academic background and research interests are drawn from a number of disciplines. He has a first degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in Hospitality Management, a Master’s degree from Manchester Business School in Corporate Communications and Reputation Management and a PhD in Business and Management from Alliance Manchester Business School. Adrian is an active researcher, and has taught on programmes across the School of Business.

Adrian is the Director of iROWE (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment). The Institute conducts and disseminates high quality research and engages with key organisations such as the TUC, ISBE, CIPD, ACAS and local Government to inform the development of effective workplace practice and employment policy. iROWE runs regular seminars and events to engage our academic and practitioner networks.

Adrian’s research interests include work and employment in the creative industries and new work arrangements in the new economy. He completed his PhD in 2016 where he investigated enterprise and entrepreneurialism in the digital games sector. More recently Adrian has undertaken projects examining occupational communities and the working practices of SME’s, Gender and employment practices and examining work in Coworking spaces. Adrian is principle investigator a number of research projects which have received funding from NESTA, AHRC, ERDF and ESF. Previously Adrian has undertaken a number of leadership roles with LSBE including student experience lead, year one lead and Academic lead for Communications, Marketing and Public Relations.

  • PhD in Business and Management, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (2016)
  • MSc., Corporate Communication and Reputation Management (Manchester Business School) (2007)
  • B.A., Hospitality and Licensed Retail Management (Manchester Metropolitan University) (2005)
  • Work and employment
  • Organisation studies
  • Enterprise
  • Creative industries
  • Technology and work
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA)