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Centre for Critical and Historical Research on Organisation and Society

Centre for Critical and Historical Research on Organisation and Society

We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers and educators at Royal Holloway.

The Centre for Critical and Historical Research on Organisation and Society (CHRONOS) actively provides an interdisciplinary, international and inclusive forum to discuss and develop the plurality of ways in which ‘critical’ and ‘historical’ research into organizations, markets and society can be conducted, led by Dr Giulia Achilli, Centre Director.

The guiding belief of critical research is that it should uncover the social and cultural dimensions and implications of any subject matter, interrogating and questioning mainstream approaches and practices as a way to make a positive difference for organisations, markets and society. This, in turn, needs to be grounded in an in-depth awareness of the origin, historical heritage and evolution of social phenomena, using historical perspectives as a way to delve into present and future trajectories of organisation and society. In this way ‘critical and historical’ research prompts social and cultural awareness and wise judgement among policymakers, organisational leaders and employees while informing public debate within broader society. What is therefore excluded is research concerned with purely technical, asocial and/or a-historical approaches to organisation and management.

Our strengths and key research areas

  • Research into Comparative and Historical Perspectives on organisation and society
  • Research into identity and working life, as a way to reconceptualise differences, categories and divisions, and provide fundamental critique of work / life balance
  • Research into critical consumption and politics of markets, including, studies on consumer activism; geopolitics; marketplace cultures; socio-historic patterning’s of consumption; classed resistance; business-politics relations; justice, law and markets
  • Research into accountability and control in diverse settings (global market, corporations, NGOs, charities, arts organisations and creative industries, education, etc).
  • Silent Voices: Feminist and Subaltern Perspectives


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Dr Giulia Achilli - Centre Director

Research leads
Strategy leads

Btissam Aboubichr

Anabel Gutierrez Mendoza  Susan O'Leary

Giulia Achilli 

Chris Hackley  Gul Berna Ozcan 
Gloria Agyemang Najmeh Hafezieh 

Niki Panteli 

Mikael Andehn Catherine Harbour 

Chris Rees 

Rebecca Bolt  G. Harindranath 

Alexander Reppel 

Alan Bradshaw  Paul Haynes

Leonardo Rinaldi 

Jane Broadbent Abby Hilson

Sukanya Sen Gupta 

Donna Brown  Vera Hoelscher 

Hyemi Shin

Paul Caussat Chris Howorth 

Maria Simosi 

Andreas Chatzidakis Martina Hutton

Laura Spence

Derrick Chong  Ioana Jipa-Musat

Gillian Symon 

Neil Conway Olga Kravets

Helen Tregidga 

Emilio Costales Claire Li

Chin-Ju Tsai

Jane Davison Matthew Li

Saffet Uygur 

Paul du Gay  Maria Lopes 

Xinying Yu 

Amany Elbanna  Mark Lycett 

Maryam Zahmatkesh 

Samantha Evans  Pauline MacLaran 

Yiluvi Zeng 

Robert Fitzgerald  Brandan McSweeney

Anica Zeyen

Catherine Georgiou  Fiona Moore 

Na Zhao 

Elena Giovannoni  Christopher Napier 


Chris Grey  Chris Nobes


Courtney Hagen Ford

Antony Mullin

Shareen Holmer

Priyanka Pandey

Minping Huang

Francisca Sassetti

Stephanie Huang

Milena Tekeste

Namir Kharchi

Tracey Wechie

Yang Li  


CHRONOS welcomes distinguished visiting academics to foster interdisciplinary and international research collaborations in any CHRONOS research area:

Professor Riccardo Mussari, University of Siena, Italy.

For information and expressions of interest, please contact Dr Giulia Achilli

CHRONOS draws on existing skills and resources to:

  • Extend the success of the School of Business and Management’s Critical and historical perspectives (CHP) research group across a number of disciplines
  • Expand national and international collaborations. Our aim is to expand research collaborations to other prestigious institutions and bodies within different countries
  • Facilitate larger research projects and grant applications from members and affiliated research groups
  • Sustain research impact and boost visibility of research output. Provide members with enhanced opportunities for public engagement, boosting the visibility of research outputs and impact of their research on society.
  • Sustain early career researchers, PhD students, as well as all members, through a productive environment, boosting research culture and fostering professional development

UK research networks and partnerships

Cultural Research Group of Birmingham Business School, UK

International research networks and partnerships

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Department of Business and Law, University of Siena, Italy

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