Dr James Fowler
Lecturer in Management



James is an Associate Lecturer in Practising Strategy and Contemporary Issues in International Business within TYMS.  He joined York in 2018 on completion of his Doctorate.  In parallel with his academic career, James has been a regular Officer in the Armed Forces for the past 15 years. He holds the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Management (University of York)
  • MSc in Educational Practice and Design (University of Southampton)
  • PGCE in Further Education (University of Southampton)
  • LLB (University of Durham)
  • James is a qualified MODLEB Arabic translator (University of Westminster)


Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation



James is interested in Business, Organisational and Management History. The particular focus of his doctorate was on the governance, finance performance and managerial elites in London Transport.

He researches and has published in the following areas:

  • The performance of hybrid organisations.
  • Organisational responses to crisis/disasters.


His current research projects include:

  • The organisational use of statistics as a management and productivity tool.
  • Governmentality and organisational elites.
  • The financial performance of municipal organisations.



Full publications list

Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals

Fowler, J. (Accepted for publication). Compensating the passengers. A comparison of the management of three London underground crashes 1909–1975. Business History. (ABS 3*)

Book Chapters

Fowler, J. (2018). How history challenges current thinking on hybridity: The effects of hybridity on London’s transport 1933-48. In A Sauvignon & L Gnan et al. (Eds). Hybridity in the Governance and Delivery of Public Services (Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance, Volume 7. Emerald.

Refereed Conference Papers

Fowler, J. ‘Statistics: Spur to Productivity or Publicity Stunt in Uncertain Times? London Underground Railways 1913-32’. British Academy of Management Conference, University of the West of England, September 2018.

Fowler, J. ‘Why did Politicians Choose a QUANGO to Run Transport in London?’British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick, September 2017.


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University of York
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Email: james.fowler@york.ac.uk