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Dr Suzanne Couloigner
Career Development Fellow



Dr Suzanne Couloigner joined the School for Business and Society in 2023 as a Career Development Fellow. Before joining York, she worked as a Research Associate at Nottingham University Business School, in collaboration with the School of Engineering. Dr Couloigner completed her PhD in Business and Management at the University of Nottingham, for which she was awarded two scholarships:
Nottingham University Business School’s Scholarship and the University of Nottingham Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence (EU).

Dr Couloigner’s expertise lies in investigating grand challenges and societal issues through actor-centred methodologies in a variety of social, political and economic contexts.

  • PhD Business and Management, University of Nottingham
  • MSc International Business, University of Nottingham
  • BA English Literature, Universite Paris Sorbonne
  • BA German Literature, Universite Paris Sorbonne



Dr Suzanne Couloigner’s PhD thesis explores the interrelated processes of migrating, integrating and identifying during times of turmoil (Brexit). Her research adopts a processual analytical lens, using the concept of sensemaking, to examine how migrant workers develop their unique and idiosyncratic understanding of the macro context. Dr Couloigner’s work is centred around several key topics, including migration, identity, emotions, gender, sensemaking and process-thinking.

Dr Couloigner has also developed a second line of research, focusing on sustainability. She is currently working in collaboration with engineers to explore end-users’ perspectives on the different methods of decarbonising carbon-intensive sectors, such as the food cold chain and aviation. In her work, she adopts actor-centred approaches and subjectivity as lenses, including methodologies like Q-methodology.


Other teaching

Dr Suzanne Couloigner has teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels which has enabled her to achieve the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently working towards attaining the title of Fellow of the Academy. Dr Couloigner’s teaching expertise spans the fields of Management, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.


Current Teaching (2023/2024):

  • Management Governance and Society (S1)
  • History of Management (S2)

School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

Room: A/C/209

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation