Dr Adrian Wright
Deputy Head of School (Business Development and Partnerships), Director of Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE)
School of Management
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 Management.
Adrian Wright is Deputy Head of the School of Management and the Director of iROWE (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment).
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 Equality and Diversity lead, 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
- Creative industries
- Technology and work
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA)
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- Director of Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment
- Research lead for Organisations, Work and Employment, Centre of Business, Management and Enterprise
- Member of Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change.
- Returning to work - This project examines how best to support those undertaking caring responsibilities who wish to return to employment.
- Social support in Coworking spaces - This project examines the informal support given in Coworking spaces.
- The impact of the Preston model- This project examines the impact of the Preston Model on the regional economy.
- £47, 466 -2020 – The Impact of the Preston Model - Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre – Nesta/ Arts and Humanities Research Council. (PI)
- £60,000 - 2016-7 - Determinants of Productivity Differentials between Lancashire and Other Regional Economies, Lancashire Economic Partnership / Lancashire County Council (CI)
- £99,143 -2012-14: North West Business Network (KN4B) – ESRC (CI)
- £27, 000 -2019 - European Regional Development Fund Evaluative Research Project (PI)
- £25, 000 - 2019- European Social Fund Evaluative Research Project (PI)
- £27,000 - 2017 - ERDF Evaluative Research project (PI)
- £7, 000 - 2018 - Healthy Universities Network Consultancy project (PI)
- £7.665 – Research England (Internal award) (PI)
- £10,000 - Knowledge Exchange funding (Internal award) (PI)
- Wright, A, Wibberley, G and Marsh, D. (2018). Mitigating Precarity in the Creative Industries. Paper presentation to the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). Birmingham.
- Wright, A Wibberley, G and Marsh, D. (2018). Wellbeing in Coworking Spaces. Paper presented to Fairness at Work conference. University of Manchester.
- Wright, A Wibberley, G and Marsh, D. (2018). Exploring identity in Coworking Spaces. Paper presented to British Sociological Association Conference. Northumbria University.
- Wright, A (2016) Rationalising Work in the Digital Games Sector. Paper presented to International Labour Process Conference. WZB. Berlin.
- Wright, A (2013). Entrepreneurialism in Digital Games. Paper presented to International Labour Process Conference. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
- Wright, A (2012). Examining the Labour Process in the Cultural Industries and Digital Gaming, Paper presented to International Labour Process Conference, University of Stockholm.
- 2020 - iROWE Roundtable with Business Leaders in Lancashire.
- 2019 - Gender, Wellbeing and Enterprise One Day Symposium in Partnership with The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).
- 2018 - Regular iROWE Seminars Regarding Workplace and Management.
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