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Cara Reed   BA, PGDip, MA, MSc, PhD

Dr Cara Reed

BA, PGDip, MA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 74737
Aberconway Building, Room Room B06, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies in the Management, Employment & Organisation Department at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. My research interests broadly concern the critical analysis of organisations and in particular focus on topics such as experts, professions, and age explored through the lens of identity construction and discourse. My teaching experience currently comprises a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on the topic of critical management studies and organisation studies, as well as supervision of Masters dissertations, MBA projects, and PhD supervision.









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My research interests broadly concern the critical analysis of organisations and in particular focus on topics such as experts professions, and age, examined through the lens of identity construction and discourse. My research also focuses on qualitative forms of analysis and in particular discourse analysis of interviews, focus groups, participant observation and secondary data. My PhD research examined professionalisation and professional identities in UK public relations, exploring the professional identities constructed by the professional association and frontline practitioners. Since then, I've been involved in a variety of national and international funded projects exploring how assumptions around age impact organisational life, and key trends regarding transitions into retirement. My latest research also looks at expert authority and the challenges it is enduring and the changes in conceptualisation needed to keep up with these challenges.


Teaching: Leadership Work and Organization on MSc HRM and Professional Service Firms: People, Professions and Power on MSc International Management 

Previous teaching: Critical Perspectives for Contemporary Managers (core module) 3rd year undergraduate

Dissertation supervision: MSc HRM, MSc International Management and Exec MBA

Relevant training: Awarded PGCert Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) from Swansea University in October 2018. Also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Before returning to academia I was a PR consultant for the agency Golley Slater. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Cardiff University, firstly in the School of Journalism, Media & Culture and then at Cardiff Business School. I worked on a variety of teaching and research opportunities following completion of my PhD at Cardiff Business School before taking a position as a lecturer in organization studies at Swansea University School of Management. 2019 marked my return to Cardiff Business School as a lecturer in Management, Employment & Organisation. In 2022 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies.

Professional memberships

  • Member of British Academy of Management (Identity Special Interest Group)
  • Member of European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • Member of Learned Society of Wales Early Career Researchers' Network 
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Gerontology Society Special Interest Group (SIG) on Work and Retirement with colleagues from CIA, Swansea University

Academic positions

  • Aug 2022 to present: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2019 - Aug 2022: Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2019: Lecturer, School of Management, Swansea University
  • 2015-2016: University Teacher (fixed term), Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2014-2015: Research Associate (fixed term), Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2013-2014: Lecturer (fixed term) Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Committees and reviewing

Member of CARBS Race Equality Committee

MEO representative on CARBS Research Committee

Social Media Editor for Management Learning

Reviewer for:

  • British Journal of Management 
  • Management Learning
  • Organization
  • Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Journal of Professions and Organization
  • European Management Journal
  • Health Organisation and Management
  • Regulation and Governance


Particular areas of interest for doctoral supervision would be work on:

  • identities and discourse
  • experts and expertise
  • professionalisation 
  • professional identities
  • age and organisations

Current supervision

Samta Marwaha

Samta Marwaha

Graduate Tutor

Past projects

Swansea University: Helen Williams exploring the identities of the self-employed when they become employers of others (supervised to completion in 2020)


  • Professions
  • Organisation and management theory
  • Age and work