Dr Adrian Wright
Associate Dean, Director of the Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment
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 from Alliance Manchester Business School. Adrian is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Adrian is an Associate Dean in the School of Business, holding responsibility for Business Development, Portfolio, Partnerships and Recruitment. Adrian has sat on several School and institutional committees and working groups. Adrian is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and contributed to the successful Bronze award for Athena Swan in the School of Business.
Alongside his role as Associate Dean, Adrian has been the Director of the Institute for Research into Work, Organisations and Employment since 2018, where he has led, and worked on, several research and knowledge exchange projects including projects funded by the UKRI, Innovate UK, AHRC, NESTA and the ESRC. Recently his work around employment relations in the NHS has led to funded projects partnering with ACAS and the Healthcare People Management Association.
His research interests are varied and include work and employment in the creative industries and new work arrangements in the new economy, employment relations, health and wellbeing and conflict management. 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 in Coworking spaces, employment relations in the NHS and creative clusters and the Preston Model.
Adrian regularly talks and writes about issues relating to work and employment. He has appeared in several international and national media outlets including the BBC, and Al Jazeera and the Daily Telegraph. He is also a regular commentator in local media including featuring in publications such as Lancashire Business View and the Lancashire Evening Post.
Adrian has undertaken several leadership roles with LSBE including Equality and Diversity lead, student experience lead, year one lead and Academic lead for Communications, Marketing and Public Relations and Deputy Head of School.
- 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)
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personal Development
- Member of The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
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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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