Dr Emanuela Girei

Liverpool Business School

I joined Liverpool Business School as Reader in Management in April 2023. Previously, I worked at Sheffield University Management School (UK), University College Dublin (UCD, Ireland), Franklin University Switzerland (Switzerland) and at the University of Cagliari (Italy).
I hold a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (UK), an MSc in Work and Industrial Relations from the University of Bologna (cum laude), and a Laurea in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cagliari (cum laude).
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Outside academia, I have a long-standing experience as a consultant, trainer and programme manager, working with stakeholders as diverse as CSOs, government officials, board members, senior executives, local government, rural communities, and schools, in various geographical locations.

Research Interests
My research agenda lies at the intersection of management, organisation studies and development studies, particularly on whether and how management theory and practice can contribute to making organisations, institutions and societies more just, equitable and sustainable.
Starting from this broad interest, my research focuses predominantly (but not exclusively) on the non-profit sector in the Global South and on exploring how organisations can contribute to social justice and emancipatory transformation.
I am also interested in research on qualitative and critical research methodologies and strategies to decolonise research, teaching and practice.

PhD supervision
I have experience as PhD supervisor and as PhD External Examiner.
I am interested in supervising qualitative research in the following areas:
• Non-profit management and social justice and transformation
• Organisational change and development
• Diversity, equality and inclusion.
• Ethics and justice in management and organisations.
• Decolonising management research and practice.

Research collaboration
I welcome inquiries from organisations interested in working together on research projects around the macro-areas above.

Journal article

Girei E. 2022. Managerialisation, accountability and everyday resistance in the NGO sector: Whose interests matter? Critical Perspectives on Accounting, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Girei E. 2017. Decolonising management knowledge: A reflexive journey as practitioner and researcher in Uganda Management Learning, 48 :453-470 DOI Publisher Url

Girei E. 2015. NGOs, Management and Development: Harnessing Counter-Hegemonic Possibilities Organization Studies, 37 :193-212 DOI Publisher Url

Contu A, Girei E. 2013. NGOs management and the value of ‘partnerships’ for equality in international development: What’s in a name? Human Relations, 67 :205-232 DOI Publisher Url

Girei E. 2013. Book review: Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Current Challenges Management Learning, 44 :204-208 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Allen S, Girei E. Decolonizing Management Education by Confronting White-skin, White Identities and Whiteness Academy of Management Learning and Education, Forthcoming


Girei E, Angeli F, Kumar A. 2022. On NGOs and Development Management What Do Critical Management Studies Have to Offer? Angeli F, Metz A, Raab J. Organizing for Sustainable Development Addressing the Grand Challenges Routledge 9780429243165

Girei E, Natukunda L. 2021. Decolonising Management Knowledge and Research Reflections on knowledge, processes and actors Bell E, Sengupta SS. Empowering Methodologies in Organisational and Social Research Routledge India 9780429352492 DOI Publisher Url

Girei E, Natukunda L. Exploring Outsider/Insider Dynamics and Intersectionalities Mahadevan J, Primecz H, Romani L. Cases in Critical Cross-Cultural Management An Intersectional Approach to Culture