University of York
School for Business and Society

Academic recruitment 2023

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Why we're recruiting

In creating the University of York’s School for Business and Society, we have taken the bold step of being the first university to break down the silos that speak to business and government, joining together academic disciplines that conventionally operate in different spaces.

At the School for Business and Society, we believe you can only tackle the grand societal challenges of our time by bringing together private, public and third sectors to create collaborative solutions. To this end, the School for Business and Society will act as a torchbearer for the University Strategy, which reaffirms York’s historic mission as a University for Public Good.

Our interdisciplinary school provides a unique opportunity working collectively with our 280 staff staff and 3,500 students and our partners to pioneer impactful research and teaching for public good delivering inclusive growth for societies. We are a collegiate school and host a number of large flagship research council funded programmes including FixOurFood and the new ESRC Centre for Vulnerability and Policing Futures to name a few. The School for Business and Society also boasts five strong disciplinary groups including; Accounting and Finance, Social Policy, People, Operations and Marketing, Work Management and Organisations and Social Work.

Our successful growth plan means we are now in a position to strengthen the School for Business and Society further during this major academic staff recruitment round. The University of York and the city of York are great environments to develop your academic career with York achieving an impressive UK 10th position in the recent Research Excellence Framework.

Bob Doherty
Dean, School for Business and Society

Professor Bob Doherty

Research areas

The City of York has a long tradition as a leading voice for responsible business and social reform. 

Our School continues this historical legacy, ensuring York remains recognised internationally as a beacon for social progress. We place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research to address the most important challenges in policy, business and society. 

Our expertise includes business and environmental sustainability, food security, inclusive growth, labour market inequalities, social care, mental health, and public accountability. Our work is grounded on academic theory and rigour and in relevance for policy and practice.  We work together across the University and with partners and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally to achieve economic and social change and advance social justice

We are home to the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, a five-year £10m programme of cutting edge research. We are also home to Fix Our Food, a £6m UKRI funded initiative to transform food systems across the UK towards being ‘regenerative'. We are a partner of the NIHR School for Social Care Research, a £15m initiative to improve social care research in England. Additionally, the School is an institutional partner of Responsible Research in Business and Management to advance and promote responsible research in business and management for a better world.

We have extensive experience of working with businesses and international links with governmental bodies, public and third sector organisations. Co-production and public engagement underpin our research ethos, including the expert knowledge of those with lived experience.

Research themes in management:

Sustainability and Resilience
This theme brings together consumer and marketing researchers, HRM specialists, strategy and international business scholars, supply chain experts and social scientists from across the Management School to explore, interrogate and challenge a wide variety of ideas relating to how we can make life on this planet more sustainable, circular and resilient. We are a bridge between the School and the sustainability-related university research themes including: environmental sustainability and resilience, health and wellbeing, and justice and equality.

Equality, Justice and Ethics
The effects of inequality and lack of social justice are multiple and can impact on individual and collective well-being, diminish growth and productivity and undermine trust in key societal institutions. As such building an economy that works for all is a crucial grand challenge facing most societies. Organisations, their structures, practices and strategies are central to this agenda both as potential barriers and solutions to inequality.

This research theme is focused on aspects of equality and social justice including, but not limited to: social mobility, diversity management, precarity and austerity, international inequality, corporate social responsibility, employee participation, employee well-being, philanthropy and industrial democracy. We are also interested in the broad contextual trends which frame inequality including: financialization, managerialism, neo-liberalism, austerity and the discourses and practices of shareholder value. This theme feeds into the university justice and equality theme.

Risk, Innovation and the Economy
This theme is about management in a world of technological and economic change and comprises three linked sub-themes:

Quantitative Risk Management (QRM) - using quantitative models to solve problems relating to the management of financial, actuarial and economic risks.

Evolution of Global Business Institutions - studying trends in the management of global businesses including IP and branding, human engagement with digital technology and complexity in business operations.

Open and User Innovation (OUI) - developing new methods of organising and managing the innovation process that emphasise the role of interaction with user communities.

Management and Humanities
This research theme aims towards the humanization of organisation and management processes by drawing on work in the arts and humanities disciplines. Whilst strengths include Management and Business History, Art and Aesthetics of Organization, and the use of Qualitative and Arts-Based Methods in Research (painting, drawing, photography, film, theatre and music), we are also active in literature and philosophy.

We reflexively question how we define the human, and what it means to be human, linking to recent work in science and the digital humanities, medical humanities, media and creative/cultural industries. We are associated with the university research themes of creativity, and communication and culture.

Impact and engagement

We place significant emphasis on the application of our research to influence policy, business, public sector, charities and the community generally. Our staff engage with individuals to major organisations, including:

HM Treasury
Office for National Statistics
European Commission
North Yorkshire Police
Low Pay Commission
Federal Reserve

From public health to food resilience, our research is informing leaders and consumers, and transforming policy and practice.

A full list of case studies can be viewed at


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The School

At the forefront of the University's mission to be a University for public good, our pioneering and impactful interdisciplinary research and teaching is designed to help public, private and third sector organisations deliver sustainable and inclusive growth in order to improve the economic, social and ecological wellbeing of people across the world.

Our work is applied and problem-focused, using cross-disciplinary knowledge to address real-world problems and working with non-academic partners to co-produce meaningful responses to societal challenges.

Our activity deliberately transcends conventional boundaries, reflecting our view that the most pressing issues facing the world today require responses that consider the roles of public, private and third sector organisations alongside each other.

We're drawing together activity that other universities normally locate in separate Schools of Business and Schools of Public Policy. Reflecting York’s long-standing strengths in both of these areas we are the largest organisational unit at the University.

With scale comes a breadth of expertise and a diverse learning community. We offer degree programmes across a broad range of subjects.

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A University for Public Good

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2023 it is the home of more than 21,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres.

Our vision is to be a university for public good and our strategy is built around our commitment to meeting four strategic objectives which are:

- Deliver curiosity-driven and action orientated research
- Provide education that empowers
- Create a community without limits
- Demonstrate local commitment on a global scale

For further information on the University of York and our Vision of a University for Public Good, please see:

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which was developed in partnership with our staff and student communities, describes our commitment to create a culture where everyone can contribute to university life, knowledge and growth.

We want to create a working, learning, social and living environment that will enable all staff and students to achieve their full potential. We have an ambitious set of objectives to succeed in our commitment. We recognise that we are not truly representative of our communities locally, nationally and internationally.

We would like to pay particular focus to gender parity across all levels, the recruitment, retention and success of a more ethnically diverse staff and student community; an accessible and inclusive campus and ensuring that the values and behaviours we expect from everyone embrace inclusive responsibility and leadership.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

The University particularly welcomes applications from candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented in the institution.

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York and Yorkshire

Benefits and advice on moving to the UK
The School for Business and Society is already home to staff from across the globe. Both the School and University provide advice and support to staff to help them in relocating to York. We run a range of internal meetings and seminars, including social activities, which will enable staff to meet and get to know their new colleagues.

The City of York
Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions. But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. It’s regularly been ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the safe, friendly sense of community unique to a small city.

Shopping, culture and entertainment
York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.

The Lonely Planet guide declared Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit. There is something to cater to every taste, whether it be the rugged landscapes of the Moors or the Dales, the picturesque seaside towns of Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay, the gothic architecture of Whitby or the vibrancy of cosmopolitan Leeds.

For more information on the city, please visit

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