What is your professional/academic background?

I am a sociologist of work who started my career as an occupational psychologist. I have worked for Heriot-Watt University in various roles since 2002.

When did you join the team at Edinburgh Business School?


What is your current role?

I am currently Director of Research and Doctoral Programmes. I am also involved in both the Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management courses.

What does it involve?

My focus is further developing the research capacity of the EBS family as well as taking our DBA (and PhD) programme in new directions. 

What achievements are you most proud of?

I have appeared on Russian Television. 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

I enjoy meeting new people every day and being given licence to ask people all sorts of probing questions in the name of research and get paid for it! 

Why is Edinburgh Business School a good choice for students?

Fantastic, knowledgeable staff who really make a contribution. 

What projects are you working on at the moment?

Research Projects looking at identity and telecommunications workers and understanding the impact of work and unemployment for people with mental health conditions. 

What will you do next today?

Go to bed!



Marks, A., Chillas, S., Galloway, L., and Maclean, G. (2017) ‘Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?’, Economic and Industrial Democracy (ABS 3)

  • Briken, K., Chillas, S., Krzywdzinski, M., and Marks, A. (2017) The digital workplace. How new technologies revolutionise work.’ Palgrave.

  • Sang, K., Richards, J., and Marks, A. (2016) ‘Gender and disability in male dominated occupations: a social relational mode’. Gender, Work and Organisation. (ABS 3)

  • MacKenzie, R., Marks, A., and Morgan, K. (2016) ‘Occupational identity, technology and restructuring in the telecommunications sector: From ‘machines that sang’ to ‘plug and play’, Sociology (ABS 4)

  • Roslender, R., Marks, A., and Stevenson, J. (2015) ‘Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: Conflicting perspectives on the virtues of accounting for people’. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 27, p. 43-55 (ABS 3)

  • Chillas, S., Marks, A., and Galloway, L. (2015) ‘Learning to Labour: an evaluation of internships and employability in the ICT sector’, New Technology, Work and Employment, 30, 1, p. 1-15 (ABS 3)

  • Galloway, L., Marks, A., and Chillas, S. (2014) ‘The use of internships to foster employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship in the IT sector' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 1(4) 653-667. (ABS 2)