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Dr Carolyn Hunter
Lecturer in Organisational Theory & Behaviour



My research in critical management studies relates to everyday experiences of work, especially in relation to three themes: working in gender, media and publishing; humour and happiness in fun corporate cultures; and spatiality and temporarily of organisations. 

My first academic interest is in the phenomena of humour and ‘play' at work. My research explores how corporate cultures advocate values of fun, enjoyment and happiness, and how these discourses are mapped onto the space and materiality of the organisations. Drawing on de Certeau’s concept of strategies and tactics of the everyday and linking this to Lefebvre’s conception of space and time, my work investigates how employees interpreted the strategies of corporate discourses through everyday tactics, such as humour.

My second area of research involves gender, femininity and feminism in organisation studies, exploring abjectivity within media work and publishing. Within media work, I am also interested in how brands are constructed in the everyday around concepts such as girlhood. I am a co-investigator on an Academy of Finland grant on 'The Business of Childhood', where we explore how children's authors experience their day to day work around the themes of precariousness, enchantment and gender. 

My work has been presented conferences in the US, Europe and Australia. Before entering academia, I worked as a recruiter for financial services in the US. I have BSc in Management Sciences, an MA in Organisation Studies (Warwick Business School) and a doctorate titled ‘‘Playing at work’: Understanding Humour in Contemporary Corporate Culture’ (Loughborough Business School).

I am interested in supervising PhD and masters students who take a critical approach to the study of everyday life in organisations, on the themes of gender, childhood, emotions and fun and play at work.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Research Cluster

Centre for the Study of Working Lives

Departmental roles

Chair of The York Management School Departmental Ethics Committee



Areas of interest include: Gender, abjectivity and feminist writing; the everyday in constructing brands in media; happiness, play and humour within fun corporate cultures; and space, time and materiality.


Selected publications

Hunter, C. & Kivinen, N. (2016) Constructing girlhood: abject labour in magazine offices. Gender, Work and Organization. 23, 6, p.551-565.

Hunter, C., Jemielniak, D. & Postula, A. (2010) Temporal and spatial shifts within playful work. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 23, 1, p. 87-102

Full publications list

Journal Publications

Hunter, C. & Kivinen, N. (2016) Constructing girlhood: abject labour in magazine offices. Gender, Work and Organization. online first

Hunter, C., Jemielniak, D. & Postula, A. (2010) Temporal and spatial shifts within playful work. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 23, 1, p. 87-102


Conference papers

Writing children, writing women - a study of children’s authors

Kivinen, N and Hunter C.

Gender, Work and Organization Conference 2016 Stream: Writing: That which touches


Tactically Fun: Playing with identity in ‘fun’ organisational space

Hunter, C.

APROS conference, Sydney 2015


Branded subjectivity: Performativity and media professionals

Kivinen, N. and Hunter C.

British Academy of Management Conference, September 2015, Portsmouth University


Precarious writing: children’s authors as networked home-workers

Hunter C. and Kivinen, N. 

The Standing Conference of Organizational Symbolism, July 2015, Nottingham Trent University


Leaky bodies and abject labour in magazine offices’

Kivinen, N. and Hunter C.

Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, June 2014, Keele University


The Sixth Art of Management and Organization Conference

Carolyn Hunter (Stream convenor), 4 Sep 2012 → 7 Sep 2012


Critical Management Studies

Carolyn Hunter (Speaker), 11 Jul 2011 → 15 Jul 2011

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference


ephemera Conference: Work, Play and Boredom

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 6 May 2010

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference


Gender, Work and Organization

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 22 Jun 2010

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference


Critical Management Studies Conference

Carolyn Hunter (Participant), 14 Jul 2009

Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference

Carolyn Hunter

The York Management School
University of York
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