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Southampton Business School

Dr. Ai Yu BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD, PGcert in HE

Associate Professor in Organisation Studies

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Dr Ai Yu is an Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at the Southampton Business School, University of Southampton.

She holds a PhD in Psychology from the London School of Economics and is a feminist and an avid reader of poststructuralist philosophies.

Her research covers two clustered themes: (1) gender, body and identity in the context of studying everyday work practices (job crafting, project work and temporary organising etc.); and (2) power, ethics, and accountability in the context of implementing technological change programmes (management control, social media, digital surveillance, etc.) in organisational or societal settings. Her methodological expertise in the field of ethnography and digital ethnography has allowed her to study real life experiences and interactions from an embodied and affect-based perspective.

Research interests

Her recent monograph, “Accountability as mourning: accounting for death in the time of COVID-19”, published in Accounting, Organization and Society, examines the politics and ethics of accounting techniques and their implications for studying accountability in practice. The paper also provides important insights into the process of leading in a crisis situation where leaders of sovereign states are recommended to relate to one another in truly emancipatory ways.

PhD Supervision

She would welcome PhD applications in line with her research interests, especially for research projects that are problem-solving oriented and inter-disciplinary in nature. 

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CISEI), Centre for Research on Work and Organisations (CROWO)

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Dr. Ai Yu
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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