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Research at St Andrews

Juliette Clair Summers


Juliette Clair Summers
Postal address:
School of Management
Gateway Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462873

Research overview

My research centres on the intersection of work, identity and democracy, and in particular on employee ownership and participation, worker and community identity development, and political consultation and participation strategies.

I have a research specialism in employee ownership (in all forms, from SAYE share ownership to cooperatives). I have a particular interest in the business ecosystem for employee ownership, skills for democratic participation, and in the spillover effects (economic, social and environmental) of employee ownership.

My work on workplace democracy and identity has led to a developing interest in organisations whose value is primarily in their positive externalities: their social worth, not their monetary value. I am investigating organisational structures designed around notions of leadership as deliberative spaces, where the deliberative space is occupied not by leaders or leadership, but by commonly identified values and worth, i.e. the public good.

Other ongoing research, and PhD supervision, examines professional identity development. This work overlaps with an interest in textual representations of identity, both in the popular media, and in government publications. I am examining the narrative construction of participant identities in government consultation and engagement documents. This work is developing the concept of heteroterse narratives as a response to discursive tensions.


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