Dr. Adrian Wright

Principal Lecturer – Director of Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR323

+44 (0) 1772 89 4721

Awright2@uclan.ac.uk

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 Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.

Research Groups
Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE) and the Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change.

Social Media
iROWE Twitter

Full Profile

Broadly, 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. Adrian is the Director of iROWE (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment), iROWE runs regular events for this network, such as its evening seminars and through activities such as the highly regarded ESRC seminar series ‘Reframing Resolution’. iROWE is also recognised for its ability to influence employment policy and practice with a 4* impact case study in REF2014.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Business and Management, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (2016)
  • M.Sc.,Corporate Communication and Reputation Management (Manchester Business School) (2007)
  • B.A., Hospitality and Licensed Retail Management (Manchester Metropolitan University) (2005)

Publications

Wright, Adrian (2015) It’s All About Games: Enterprise And Entrepreneurialism In Digital Games. New Technology, Work And Employment, 30 (1). pp. 32-46.

2.Wright, Adrian (2017) Understanding Self-Exploitation in the Digital Games Sector. In: The New Digital Workplace How New Technologies Revolutionise Work. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment . Palgrave. ISBN 9781137610133
Smith, S, Whyman, P, Petrescu, A, Wright, A and Moon, V (2018). PRODUCTIVITY IN LANCASHIRE SPARKING NEW IDEAS. UCLAN

Research Activities

Adrian’s research interests include work and employment in the creative industries and work arrangements in the new economy. Adrian is also interested in gender, precarious work, occupational communities and communities of practice. Adrian welcomes PhD applications in these areas. 

Projects

Leadership Project funding - Anonymised Funder –  Adrian Wright (PI), Dorota Marsh and Gemma Wibberley

Co-working Project funding – UCLan –Adrian Wright (PI) and Gemma Wibberley

Teaching activities

Adrian teaches across a range of business and management disciplines. He is also Equality and Diversity lead for the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Conferences

Wright, A Wibberley, G and Marsh, D. (2018). Mitigating Precarity in the Creative Industries. Peter presentation to he 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