Professor Martin Parker
- organization theory
- alternative organisations
- social economy
- culture and work
- social theory
Professor of Organisation StudiesSchool of Management
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My research and writing widens the scope of business and management studies, whether in terms of particular sorts of organisations (the worker co-op, circus, zoo etc), or ways of representing organising (in art, cartoons, films etc). I'm also interested in the philosophy of the concept 'organization', and how it can be understood in relation to social justice, digitization and distribution across time and space. There's a full publication list here - https://sites.google.com/view/profmartinp/home?authuser=0
My recent writing has been about ‘alternative’ organisation in two senses. One is work on local money, worker self-management, alternative finance and so on. The other is on different ways of thinking about what ‘organisation’ means, so I have written about angels, shipping containers, art galleries, as well as books on outlaws and Daniel Defoe. My most recent books were 'Life After Covid 19' and 'Anarchism, Organization and Management', and the previous one was 'Shut Down the Business School'. I was the lead for the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute.
I am also very interested in how academics write, and how they might cultivate new audiences for their ideas, and I write journalism as regularly as I can.
My plans for the next few years include pieces on academic activism, sociodigital organization, Andy Warhol, comic book villains and the history of journals.
Projects and supervisions
Once upon a Hill: community-led approaches to local economic development
DescriptionThis research builds on a Brigstow funded project that explored the role of Robinswood Hill Park in supporting the wellbeing of people living in peripheral housing estates in Gloucester where…
01/01/2021 to 31/05/2021
Once upon a Hill: An action research inquiry into community engagements with Robinswood Hill Country Park
DescriptionA community art project in combination with a country park and a motorway service station.
01/12/2020 to 31/07/2021
Developing a Value Proposition for Businesses: The Bristol Pound
01/01/2019 to 31/07/2019
Social infrastructure platforms
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Collecting local views on the post-Covid future of flying using online qualitative methods: A case study of Bristol, UK
Case Studies in the Environment
Critical theory in use
- E-pub ahead of print
In praise of boredom at work
Leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals as a boundary object in the City of Bristol
Global Social Challenges Journal
- E-pub ahead of print