Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

Professor Samantha Warren

  • Qualifications: PhD, Business and Management, 2005; Fellowship of HEA 2004.
  • Role Title: Professor in Organisation Studies and HRM, and Departmental Research Lead.
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 4089
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Samantha holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Business Studies, and a PhD from University of Portsmouth where she began her lecturing career after 10 years in sales and marketing. She took up a Senior Lecturer, then Readership, position at the University of Surrey in 2007, before being appointed to a Professorship at the University of Essex (2010) and Cardiff University after that (2015). She "returned home" to Portsmouth in August 2018 and feels honoured to be able to contribute to research leadership and the development of others, at the institution that supported her early career.

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit co-ordinator for Level 6 undergraduate option, Managing Equality and Diversity at Work (130 students) and Level 6 undergraduate Business Research Project (200 students).


Samantha's is best known for her pioneering work in bringing aesthetic and sensory methods to organisation and management studies. Specifically, her ESRC funded work on Developing Visual Methods (2007-2012) has positioned her as a leading expert on photography in qualitative organizational research, she is co-founder of the International Network for Visual Studies in Organizations (inVisio), co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization (2014) and a series co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Arts, Business and Humanities. She has worked with CPA Australia on a visual exploration of professional identity and stereotype resistance among newly qualified accountants, led a British Academy funded project into smell in the workplace and is currently working on a project using social media to undertake a 'sensory-led' post-occupancy evaluation of an organization's new building. Her other major current project explores the working lives of DJs in underground electronic music scenes, extending her interest in aesthetic elements of working life to occupations in the creative industries. Specifically she is interested in the impact of gender on women's careers in electronic music production, and in collaboration with industry bodies and women's grass-roots collectives is elevating and amplifying women in these fields through the production of Internet radio shows.


Research profile

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