Elina Meliou


    • United Kingdom

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    Contact Details

    Email: e.meliou@aston.ac.uk

    Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 5319


    Elina is a Reader in Organisational Behaviour. She 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 the 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 seeks to understand individuals' actions and how these are shaped through subjective experiences in complex organizational and social contexts. Elina is interested in exploring how actors, particularly women and minorities, negotiate social structures shaping their lives, actualizing opportunities, and starting new ventures. 

    Her published work contributes to debates on diversity, inclusion, and leadership at work primarily via qualitative research designs. She is the Co-founder of Gender Issues in Business School Network (GIBS), an initiatve that promotes gender research and networking for early career academics doing gender research in Business Schools.

    Elina is an Associate Editor for Gender, Work and Organization and sits on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society. She has acted as a Guest Editor for various journals, including Organization Studies - Special issue on "Social diversity and precarious organizations", and Public Money and Management on "Gender-responsive budgeting and accountability". 

    She is a Member of the Peer Review College of the British Academy of Management. 


    Funding Applications and Awards

    2021- 2023 CO-I 'Pathways to Enterprising Futures', European Social Fund, £1,000,000

    2021-2022 PI- Academic profession, contingent employment and career pathways during a crisis' , Society of Research in Higher Education £ 9,700

    2020-2022  Co-I 'Cyberdeviance in the digital tech sector: informal rules, relational reflexivity and transformational ends'  British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants. £10,000   

    2016- 2018 PI-  'Career trajectories of female entrepreneurs: Enacting entrepreneurship as relational good'  British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants. £10,000

    2014-2015 'Leadership in transition to sustainable business: a study of SMEs in South East England' British Academy of Management – Researcher Development Grant Scheme £4,000

    Elina has also received funding to organise impact related activities:

    • 2020 'Publishing gender research in management journals', Society of the Advancement of Management Studies £7,000
    • 2018 'Gender Issues in Business School Network Workshop' Society of the Advancement of Management Studies, £10,000
    • 2017 'In dialogue on Social Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges' ESRC , £1500


    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
    • Older entrepreneurs

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

    Professional/editorial offices

    • Associate Editor, Gender, Work and Organization
    • Guest Editor for Organization Studies, and Public Money and Management
    • Editorial Board, Work, Employment and Society.

    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

    • 2020- now External Examiner, Brunel Business School
    • 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 

    External positions

    External Examiner, Brunel University

    1 Jan 2021 → …

    External Examiner

    1 Oct 2018 → …


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


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