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Dr Cara Reed

Dr Cara Reed

Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 4737
Room B06, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Lecturer in Management, Employment & Organisation at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. My research interests broadly concern the critical analysis of organisations and in particular focus on topics such as professions, expertise, knowledge work,identity construction and age. My teaching experience currently focuses on undergraduate teaching on the topic of critical management studies and organisation studies, as well as supervision of Masters dissertations, MBA projects, and PhD supervision.


Before returning to academia I was a PR consultant for the agency Golley Slater. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Cardiff University, firstly in the School of Journalism, Media & Culture and then at Cardiff Business School. I worked on a variety of teaching and research opportunities following completion of my PhD at Cardiff Business School before taking a position as a lecturer in organization studies at Swansea University School of Management. 2019 marked my return to Cardiff Business School as a lecturer in Management, Employment & Organisation.

Professional memberships

  • Member of British Academy of Management (Identity Special Interest Group)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Gerontology Society Special Interest Group (SIG) on Work and Retirement with colleagues from CIA, Swansea University

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2019: Lecturer, School of Management, Swansea University
  • 2015-2016: University Teacher (fixed term), Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2014-2015: Research Associate (fixed term), Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2013-2014: Lecturer (fixed term) Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

  • Organization Theory Winter Workshop Online (November 2020)
  • British Academy of Management Conference in the Cloud (Sept 2020)
  • 35th Annual EGOS Colloquium in Edinburgh University (July 2019)
  • 13th International Conference on Organizational Discourse at Cass Business School, London (July 2018)
  • 34th Annual EGOS Colloquium in Tallinn University (July 2018)
  • Unconference hosted by Open University Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions in London (June 2018)
  • ‘Learning How to Publish’ workshop for Management Learning journal at Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference in Liverpool University (April 2018)

Committees and reviewing

Social Media Editor for Management Learning

Reviewer for:

  • Management Learning
  • Organization
  • Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Journal of Professions and Organization
  • European Management Journal
  • Regulation and Governance







Teaching: Critical Perspectives for Contemporary Managers (3rd year core undergraduate module)

Dissertation supervision: MSc HRM, MSc International Management and Exec MBA

Relevant training: Awarded PGCert Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) from Swansea University in October 2018. Also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

My research interests broadly concern the critical analysis of organisations and in particular focus on topics such as professions, expertise, knowledge work, identity construction and age. My research also focuses on qualitative forms of analysis and in particular discourse analysis of interviews, participant observation and secondary data. My PhD research examined professionalisation and professional identities in UK public relations, exploring the professional identities constructed by the professional association and frontline practitioners. Since then, I've been involved in a variety of national and international funded projects exploring change agents in the public sector, how assumptions around age impact organisational life, and key trends regarding transitions into retirement.


Particular areas of interest for doctoral supervision would be work on:

  • identities and discourse
  • professionalisation and knowledge work
  • professional identities
  • age and organisations