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Genevieve Shanahan  PhD

Genevieve Shanahan



Lecturer in Management, Employment and Organisation

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 76855
Aberconway Building, Room C52, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


In my research I work with alternative organizations – like social movements, cooperatives, and social enterprises – to figure out how to make a more just and sustainable society. In particular, we explore together how technology can be used to open up new possibilities for democracy. My teaching similarly addresses the role of organizations generally in fostering social justice and sustainability.







  • Shanahan, G., Smith, M. and Srinivasan, P. 2019. Is a basic income feasible in Europe?. In: Delsen, L. ed. Empirical Research on an Unconditional Basic Income in Europe. Springer, pp. 61-80.


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My research primarily focuses on alternative organizations - that is, organizations that are opposed to the injustices of social configurations reproduced by mainstream organizations, and that aim to change these configurations for the better. In my PhD dissertation, I examined how people can organize to create positive social change – specifically sustainable food systems – by harnessing the power of technology while resisting the technocratic threat to organizational democracy that often accompanies such tools.

I am also interested in how technology impacts work, how work can be more justly organized and how this might permit more justice in society overall. These interests have led to research projects regarding universal basic income and platform work.


At Cardiff Business School I teach Managing in Multicultural Organisations and Managing Nature.

In the past, I have taught Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsible Leadership and Management, and Business Ethics to undergraduate, masters and MBA students.


Genevieve is a Lecturer in Management, Employment & Organisation at Cardiff Business School. She received her PhD in Organization Studies from Grenoble Ecole de Management in 2022. Her work addresses how alternative organizations can contribute to the shift to a more just and sustainable society. Her research has been published in Human Relations, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Frontiers in Sociology, and the International Review of Applied Economics.

Honours and awards

  • 2022 Co-Winner of the Best Critical Dissertation award, Critical Management Studies division, Academy of Management

Academic positions

  • 2022 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff Business School
  • 2017-2022: Research and Teaching Assistant, Grenoble Ecole de Management


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Sustainability transitions 
  • Organizational democracy 
  • Alternative organizations


  • Alternative organisations
  • Organisational democracy
  • Climate justice
  • Sustainability
  • Political economy and social change