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Personal profile


Elina joined Aston Business School as a Senior Lecturer in June 2019 from Newcastle University,where she had been a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour. Elina gained her MSc and PhD from University of Montpellier, France and was an Early Career Marie Curie Fellow at the University of La Sapienza, Italy. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Research Interests

Elina's research extends knowledge in various areas of Critical Management Studies. It seeks to understand individuals' actions and how these are shaped through subjective experiences in complex organizational and institutional contexts. Elina is interested in exploring how actors negotiate social structures shaping their lives, creating opportunities, and starting new ventures. 

Her work has contributed to debates on gender and inequalities at work, leadership, and entrepreneurship primarily via qualitative research designs.

 She is the Co-founder of Gender Issues in Business School Network (GIBS).


Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2020-2022 'Cyberdeviance in the digital tech sector: informal rules, relational reflexivity and transformational ends'  British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants.      
  • 2016- 2018 'Career trajectories of female entrepreneurs: Enacting entrepreneurship as relational good'  British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants.

  • 2014-2015 'Leadership in transition to sustainable business: a study of SMEs in South East England' British Academy of Management – Researcher Development Grant Scheme

She has also received funding to organise  research-related events: 

  • 2018 'Gender Issues in Business School Network Workshop' Society of the Advancement of Management Studies
  • 2017 'In dialogue on Social Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges' ESRC    


PhD Supervision

I currently supervise PhD students on the follwoing topics:

  • Skilled migant women and work-life balance
  • Careers of BAME employees in the public sector

I would be happy to talk to prospective doctoral students in the areas of gender and inequalities at work, leadership and entrepreneurship. 

Professional/editorial offices

  • I sit on the Associate Editorial Board of Work, Employemnt and Society.
  • Guest  Editor ' Experiences and challenges with gender budgeting. Moving towards gender responsive forms of accountability?', 2020,  Public Money and Management 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • British Academy of Management (BAM)
  • Bristish Sociological Association (BSA)
  • European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS)

Teaching Activity

Elina has taught on a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has been involved in executive education within the core subject areas of organisation studies.  Elina has led initiatives to enhance student experience including a funded project entitled “Introducing gender in management education” which focuses on introducing threshold concepts around gender in the curriculum of the Business School in order to enhance students’ learning and understanding of equality and diversity.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is the Module Leader for :

  • Organisational Behaviour ( MSc)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (DBA)

Administrative Roles

  • 2019- 2020  Research Director for the Work and Organisation Department
  • 2018-now  External Examiner, Keele School of Management 
  • 2016-2019 Degree Programme Director MSc International Business Management 

Contact Details

Email: e.meliou@aston.ac.uk

External positions

External Examiner

1 Oct 2018 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • Gender at work
  • intersectionality
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Critical Realism

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Research Output

  • 11 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference abstract
  • 1 Conference article

Responsible Leadership: An Emergentist Perspective

Meliou, E., Ozbilgin, M. & Edwards, T., 1 Aug 2020, In : Academy of Management Proceedings. 2020, 1, 1 p., 13031.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract

  • Being a Self-Employed Older Woman: From Discrimination to Activism

    Meliou, E., Mallett, O. & Rosenberg, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Work, Employment and Society. 33, 3, p. 529-538 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Negotiating Age and Ageing: The Experiences and Response Strategies of Self-Employed Older Women

    Meliou, E. & Mallett, O., 1 Aug 2019, In : Academy of Management Proceedings. 2019, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    Work, Employment and Society (Journal)

    Elina Meliou (Editorial board member)

    2 Jan 202031 Dec 2022

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity